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« Reply #60 on: September 04, 2006 10:26:43 PM »

superstitch - thanks for all your info.  I have a business account as well, have had it for awhile, but never realized i could accept cc payments like that.  I don't have a website, but i do have a cousin that would happily set one up for me.  Smiley  I just started checking around on Paypal and found the info you're referring to:

https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_wp-standard-overview

I may go that route for the craft fair.    If I don't have wireless while I'm at the fair (I'm not sure yet, still have to find out) and I want to take the info down and process it later, do you know what kind of info I need - cc#, name, address, etc?  I'm afraid customers might think it kinda weird for me to be asking for their address, phone, etc just to process a CC.
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« Reply #61 on: September 04, 2006 10:29:14 PM »

i'm not sure exactly what info you need, on my site, the customer had to enter address and phone number for shipping purposes, so i dont know how it would work when you are entering them manually, i think paypal has a pretty good info line that you can call
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« Reply #62 on: September 05, 2006 06:32:11 PM »

I'm pretty sure the monthly fee is like a subscription, that's how they make the big bucks off you. I signed up for virtual terminal at the beginning of the summer thinking I was going to be doing farmers markets. I never did and I'm still paying the $20 and havent used it yet! But I think it'll be worth it once I kick up my sales (Christmas is coming FAST) and also on my website when I start selling there.
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« Reply #63 on: October 23, 2006 03:34:00 PM »

I signed up for propay for around $55.00, and my customers were able to charge at my fair this weekend. I made tons of extra sales because of this and I was able to phone in each card for acceptance. It worked great! I made back the sign up fee in no time, and It was eaaaasssssy!
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« Reply #64 on: October 24, 2006 11:52:42 AM »

One thing to think about is - even if the venue has wireless, the connection may not be very good ! that happened to me last weekend. I was afraid to click resend because I didnt want to double charge the customer, but my paypal virtual terminal information was not submitting. I am definitely looking into phoning in my info next time.
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« Reply #65 on: October 25, 2006 05:45:55 PM »

Im checking paypal now and I see $20 a month.  Where is it $10 a month? 
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« Reply #66 on: October 28, 2006 06:42:07 PM »

If you have a business Paypal account, it is free to process credit cards online (but not over the phone).  If the location doesn't have wireless (I haven't had one yet) it's a bit of a risk to take a CC payment and then process it later, but that's what I've been doing.  If you have a willing person, you could call them from the fair and have them process it for you.  My cousin set up a quickie website just for processing these payments.  (PM me if you want more info on the website he set up.)  I have taken CCs at my last two fairs!  It resulted in about $150 in additional sales we might not have had.

The way I figure it, most people who hand you a CC at a fair don't know you're not going to process it right away, so it's likely to be a good card.
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« Reply #67 on: December 07, 2006 01:35:03 PM »

people should be fine with the idea of giving you their address along with their credit card.

i personally would feel less good about entering my credit card info into a random laptop, which then any other person at the fair could pick up.
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« Reply #68 on: December 10, 2006 11:45:53 AM »

Yesterday I did the Bust Craftacular and took credit cards for the first time.  Taking credit cards gave me an extra $100 in sales, as all 4 people spent over $20 using it (one girl bought a bag that was $65).  One of the women was using her debit card.

Right now I have Paypal virtual terminal, but I think Im going to go with propay.  It just doesn't make sense, I think, to use VT unless you have sales like this every month, and a lot of them, to cover that $20 monthly fee.

I didn't get any checks though. 

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« Reply #69 on: January 03, 2007 09:43:23 PM »

I was really happy to discover this thread... Just thought I would mention another option that I discovered in my research, Touch Pay
http://www.thompsonmerchant.com/services/Touch-Pay/Touch-Pay.html
They seem comparable to  Propay.  Though, they have a monthly fee, and i am liking the annual fee structure of Propay.  Guess I will give the Discover network a call to see what their pricing is like.
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