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How do you accept live payments?

By "live" I mean at a live show, as opposed to online.

I have the opportunity to show and sell some work at a festival this weekend. However, I'm not set up to accept credit card or atm payments. I suspect almost all sales are made by card these days. I don't have a smart phone, and the show's only 2 days away. I just learned of the opportunity last night so I don't have time to really set up an old fashioned mechanical way of doing things in the next day. What do I do? Hate to pass up on the opportunity but I'm sure saying "no, I can't take cards" is a sure way to lose sales.
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Re: How do you accept live payments?

Congratulations on the art show!

If you have access to a laptop & internet (on location) you can set up a paypal account on your website.

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Normally large art shows have an ATM somewhere nearby. I wouldn't cancel your attendance just because you can't accept credit cards. You could still meet new customers and make arrangements after the show.

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Re: How do you accept live payments?

Another one is ProPay.com. I used it up in the rainforest where we had no internet/cell phone connection. I took the information and processed it in the evening back at home. I never had a problem with it during the 3 years I used them.

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Another one is ProPay.com. I used it up in the rainforest where we had no internet/cell phone connection. I took the information and processed it in the evening back at home. I never had a problem with it during the 3 years I used them.

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Buyers don't mind just giving you their cc number without being able to sign/authorize a specific amount at the time of purchase? How do you handle it? Just write them an ordinary sales receipt and they trust you'll charge the correct amount? Do you take their ID/driver's license info too? What about verifying the cc number? Have you ever been given a bad/fraudulent card number?
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Re: How do you accept live payments?

Besides the given suggestions, what about bank transfer?
If they have a smartphone, they can do it on theirs.

By the way, why don't you get a Square (tm)?
Soon, Paypal will issue something like that too.
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Besides the given suggestions, what about bank transfer?

I'm waiting for the coordinator to reply about what's available, but from the sound of it, it's outside in a big field somewhere. Probably no internet/wifi. If you don't have a smart phone I don't know how you'd process that.

What's a Square? I'd Google it but since that's a pretty generic word I don't think that really narrows it down.
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Buyers don't mind just giving you their cc number without being able to sign/authorize a specific amount at the time of purchase? How do you handle it? Just write them an ordinary sales receipt and they trust you'll charge the correct amount? Do you take their ID/driver's license info too? What about verifying the cc number? Have you ever been given a bad/fraudulent card number?
No, they got their receipt with costs at the time of the sale. I used the old fashioned carbonless credit card imprinter slips, keeping my copy which they had signed and they went off with their copy. The only problem was I couldn't finish my part of the deal until the evening. They had no idea they hadn't been billed until the evening.

Yes, I did always worry that maybe their card was maxed out and I had no way of knowing until too late. I had all the info (credit card mailing address, email, phone, 3 digit number from card back, etc.). Over the years I've done this I've never gotten a bad check, a bad credit card, etc. One time a customer protested their card billing because they didn't recognize my name on their monthly statement. They had made a lot of purchases on their vacation but once we spoke it was cleared up immediately and they were very apologetic.

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Here it is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0BwYz1P0BE
(it's also Android compatible)

Also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUFHOyjC2Ys (part one)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzkUP...feature=relmfu (part two)
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Re: How do you accept live payments?

I don't have a smart phone. Part of the problem.
I'm feeling woefully unprepared here.
I guess I'll have to resort to hand writing it on a cc slip and processing online at the end of the day.


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I don't have a smart phone. Part of the problem.
I'm feeling woefully unprepared here.
I guess I'll have to resort to hand writing it on a cc slip and processing online at the end of the day.


How come a person who sells hundreds of thousands in art doesn't have a smartphone?

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How come a person who sells hundreds of thousands in art doesn't have a smartphone?


lol...well when I get to making that kind of money I'll probably have 3 smart phones!
I've been thinking about getting a smart phone for ages but haven't been able to justify the cost. My current basic cell phone costs me $40/mo. Smart phones plans cost $100/mo and up. That's a huge difference! It's especially hard to justify now that I'm working from home and always have my computer to do whatever I need to do online. Not sure what I'd use a smart phone for now, other than the occasional odd thing like this. But unless I start doing shows every month I don't think it's worth paying an extra $60/mo just to have a cc reader.
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If you have access to a laptop & internet (on location) you can set up a paypal account on your website.


If they it turns out they have wifi and I can use my laptop, how do you process a live sale via paypal this way? Have the buyer get on the laptop and log into their account and pay? That seems weird. I don't think I'd buy something that way. I wouldn't want the potential of my login info being stored in their computer.
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I pay about 28 Euro/month.
That includes 120 minutes to all mobile networks in my country and 2GB internet.
I got this plan with an unlocked iPhone 3GS for 99Euro, which for where I live is a total bargain.

I'm finding those prices very high for USA. Here in Portugal we've always paid too much for communications when compared to other countries. Nowadays I don't know.
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If you don't have Wi-Fi, you can use 3G or 4G as long as you have a pen(USB device for internet connection).
Most of my internet access with my cell is done with 3G and it's fast enough, even to see a video on Youtube.
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If I could persuade someone to let me borrow their smartphone for weekend would Square be the best service to use? Looks like ProPay charges an annual $50 fee just to sign up and Square only charges when you make an actual transaction. Is that right?
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