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« on: August 11, 2004 12:22:02 PM »

Has anybody had any experience accepting credit cards as a form of payment at a craft fair? I would like to find out about how to do it but really don't know where to start. I understand that the processing costs money but i'm willing to deal with that if it means that one person who doesn't have the cash onhand won't walk away from a purchase.
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2004 01:14:06 PM »

you have to find a company that can supply you with a portable machine, or you can skip the machine and do it the old fashioned way:  find a processing company and get some sales slips, fill 'em out and call in the info to the voice center the processing company provides for you.  but be warned, if you charge very small amounts (like less than $10) it may actually end up costing you more money than you're charging.  that's my experience with credit card processing companies.  generally these companies give you better rates than banks do.  you also need a business checking account to accept credit cards, so if you don't already have one you'll hafta get one.
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2004 03:12:24 PM »

Try www.propay.com
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2004 01:26:39 PM »

I checked out ProPay.com and ithink i'm going to go with them. Thank you very much for your recommendations!
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2004 08:34:42 PM »

Any Canadians know of something like ProPay in Canada? I'm not sure what to search for in Google.
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2005 10:34:44 AM »

I'm down to the wire. (I hate when I do this, but I've been so busy...)

I have a craft fair this weekend and I want to accept credit cards. I also want to prepare for any situation. I don't know if I will have internet access or electricity, for that matter, so, I was wondering how everyone else deals with credit cards at shows. What do you do, or what system do you recommend?

Thanks!
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APrettyRock
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2005 05:42:47 PM »

Anyone? Would love some help on this. I was leaning towards signing up with PayPal's Virtual Terminal, but they don't accept phone orders, which is what I think I need right now...
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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2005 01:05:35 PM »

Well, after lots more research, I decided to just bite the bullet, purchase a new cell phone that I could use as a modem for my laptop (I was due for one anyway) and potentially not be able to accept credit cards for this weekend's show (because the phone won't be here in time.) I setup a generic page on my website where I can enter information for the customer and submit it to PayPal. With any luck, I'll be able to get an internet connection this weekend where I am at.
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« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2005 01:09:04 PM »

I hope it all works out for you!

I don't have any advice--I've never even gone to a craft show.

I know, sad, right?

Your stuff is gorgeous, btw.
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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2005 01:42:38 PM »

No, it's not sad. This is only my first. I have one each weekend for the next three weeks.

It's time to see just how well liked my stuff will be outside of my circle of friends. I'm a little scared, but I think it will be a good experience for me.

Thanks for the compliment. The word "gorgeous" seems to have affected me today. Smiley
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