Sunday, June 23, 2013
Credit cards for small traders and model railway shows
And I paid with a debit card.
The vendor was able to take payment using a clever device that "talked" to a smartphone. By the time I'd returned home on the bus, a receipt was in my In-box.
Looking up the details, I found the official website:
What has this to do with toy trains?
Well, most clubs run a second hand stall at exhibitions and most punters would prefer to pay for their goodies by card. If payment must be with cash then the sale will be lower. When it's possible to bash the plastic, temptation can run wild and the second hand stall profit rocket.
Same deal with traders. I know many take cards but not all.
The thing is, that the price on this gizmo seems within reach of many clubs. At the time of writing 50 quid plus 2.75% of all sales. While there will be some members who whine about the later, it's a fee for a service provided.
Downsides - the sale took 5 minutes so you'd be wary of using it on a busy door for ticket sales. Receipts are electronic so a book to write them in for those who need paper.
I've no connection with the company, it just seemed a bit nifty and might solve a problem for someone.