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oktak
« on: May 16, 2007 06:25:55 PM »

I've read past threads on taking credit cards at craft fairs and did some research based on all the useful information shared in these threads.

What I really would like to know is: which service should I use for taking credit cards at JUST ONE event? I do not plan to participate in fairs except this one fair (Renegade Craft Fair, Brooklyn) this year.

I realized that a lot of companies charge a yearly fee. It should be worth the money if you participate in multiple fairs, but since I will only need to take cc's during this 2-day event in June, I am wondering which company has the best deal.

Any advice would be much appreciated!! TIA.
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brubendall
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2007 12:52:25 PM »

I have a business Paypal account and can process credit cards through my account.  Having a business Paypal account is free (no monthly / yearly fees), just the regular fees charged for each transaction (3% or whatever it is).

In order to process credit cards, you only need a quick-n-dirty website (one page) that you can use to put an item into an online "shopping cart", this is integrated with Paypal, so when I click "buy now" I am then directed to the Paypal website where I input all the customers information and complete the sale.  There are instructions on the Paypal website about this:

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

I made a quick paper form that I take with me to fill out while at the craft fair.  Then I input all CC orders when I get home.  If the fair has wireless internet and you have a laptop, you could take your laptop and process them immediately.
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oktak
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2007 08:54:58 AM »

brubendall, thank you for your reply.
So what you are referring to is NOT PayPal's virtual terminal, right?
Are you saying that you take down the customer's name, address, phone number, cc number and expiration, and then "checking out" on your own website? Hmm ... never thought of this method.
I guess this might be time-consuming though, since you are typing in all the customers' information.

When you did this in the past, did you encounter any problems?
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brubendall
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2007 08:23:01 AM »

You are right that it is not the virtual terminal.

This has worked out well for me.  I've never had any problems at all.  It's not terribly time consuming, only about 1-2 minutes MAX per transaction, definitely worth it.  At my last show I sold over $500 that I might not have if I didn't take CCs.

It's the only "no-fee" way to do it that I've found.  Everything else is going to charge a set-up fee or monthly fee or cancellation fee.
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