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01-17-2011 05:13 PM

Does any one use any of the apps and devices to accept credit cards on their cell phone? I have been looking into the Roampay by Roamdata for iPhone or Android phones to use at craft fairs. Any one ever use these and what experience have you had?

What are other ways to accept credit cards at craft fairs or just home sales?

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 05:51 PM

I looked into these at one point and the best one I found was called Square. Kevin Rose (founder of endorsed it heavily as well. Works with both Android and iOS and has some pretty nifty features.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 09:16 PM

I have looked into it but the drawback for me was the $1,000 limit in one week.
I only do shows where I can make several times that amount, so it would not work for me.

I do love the idea though, as it would be a great backup to my main wireless machine.

-- Jim Beachler, Chief Puzzler,

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 10:23 PM

According to their FAQ, you can contact support and get that limit lifted with some add’l info about your business and who you are.. Worth a shot since there is no sign up fee, no monthly fee, and costs nothing if you do nothing.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 08:52 AM

I also have been looling at several smartphone devices for accepting credit cards. I have asked numerous vendors at craft shows about what they feel works best, and the general consensus is that it seems that most shoppers like the idea of getting a copy of a printed sales receipt with their transaction…I know I certainly do.
Several devices are available that will print a receipt through a small printer that can be operated through bluetooth and satisfy this need. Yes, I would have to pay more to buy the printer device..but I would rather spend the money and have a receipt to give. One I have been looking into is Blue Bamboo and I am finding other avaialble units as I search more.

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#5 posted 01-22-2011 05:55 AM

I heard about Square too and I just had a look at their site. The FAQ- says there are no limits on transaction size or transactions.

Maybe they lifted the $1k limit? It might be worth another look?

If and when I ever get an iPhone I will definitely go with Square.


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#6 posted 01-22-2011 05:57 PM

Have you asked vendors at craft shows and trade shows what they use? How do most customers feel about getting an emailed receipt as opposed to a printed receipt at the time of purchase?
I asked these questions at several craft shows and the majority said the customers want a printed receipt.

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#7 posted 01-27-2011 08:53 AM

I don’t use any of these aps or have a need to so far. However, as far as printed receipts go, I just switched this month to processing all of my transactions as digital receipts (email) unless someone specifically wants a printed receipt. So far this month I haven’t had one person ask for a printed receipt at the time of purchase. I don’t sell at craft shows so that might be a factor.

-- Allen, Milwaukee, WI

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#8 posted 02-07-2011 06:20 PM

If you have a paypal account you can accept credit cards through them. You can do it using a laptop and iphone/droid app and they have a swiper thing that you can attach to your phone.

1. Pricing $30 monthly fee 2.4% – 3.1% + $0.30 USD per transaction (Visa, MasterCard, Discover) 3.5% and no fixed fee per transaction (American Express)
2. Application Process
You’ll receive an email in about 48 hours with your application status
3. Fax information * You may need to fax additional documents, especially if you don’t have a functioning website

Please note: Virtual Terminal is not available in U.S. territories. It is currently limited to the continental United States.


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#9 posted 02-14-2011 03:55 AM

I spent most weekends last summer and fall at different outdoor venues. I use a knuckle buster to take the information and give the customer a reciept. That said, I personally would be a little queasy if someone swiped my credit card, had me sign the screen and then didn’t give me a reciept so that I knew the amount they entered was right. I only know one vendor with that app and he only used it twice last year.


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#10 posted 02-14-2011 04:32 AM

This one is free (Iphone only I think):

You only pay when you use it (no monthly fees) and the hardware is free
from what I’ve read.

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#11 posted 05-28-2012 02:21 PM

Swiping a credit card on cell phone is really a fantastic and trendy way of processing credit card. Yes I use square for credit card processing on my I-phone. There are many free apps available for processing credit card.
online credit card processing

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#12 posted 05-28-2012 05:20 PM

I use the Square on my Android phone. Works great and has definately improved sales (probably doubled sales) because of it. You can send a reciept with each purchase by either text or email. I believe you can hook to a printer, but i don’t.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 05-28-2012 06:58 PM

I went to my local bank and bought a $625 card reader that works well for me. The main thing I like about it is that it prints out a receipt. The card reader is just like the one they use in many restraints. Works on it’s own battery or you can plug it into a 120 volt wall plug. It will also work on just a land line phone line. I get the customer to sign the receipt and they get a copy. Folks like that. I do not have to even have a cell phone, It works anywhere there is a cell phone tower within range. I pay a monthly fee that is less than 1/2 of what the fee for a smart phone is. Less than 2% charge plus twenty cents per transaction. My sales have almost doubled since I got it last year.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#14 posted 05-28-2012 08:44 PM

square is the bomb as long as the fee structure agrees with you – quick, simple and efficient and as long as the customers can deal with an emailed receipt – most of my customers wave off the receipt (must be my honest face!)

-- If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life...

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#15 posted 05-28-2012 09:04 PM

Square + PrinterShare on Android smartphone + Wifi Laser printer (< 100 bucks) + Gmail account ([email protected]) = job done.

Enter your shop email and print it out – they now have a reciept and your contact info and you look slick. Unless we have to get the kids to figure out our smartphone. ;)

Assuming you consider a cellular phone a cost of doing business/living nowadays, this feels like the cheapest startup path – I know this doesn’t apply to everyone. You also have a backup laser printer for when your fancy Ink-jet cartridge eater craps out.

Do the math on your business first (and probably check it as you grow) – an extra 3/4 percent can hurt, but so can 20 cents a pop on low ticket sales.

Best of luck on your business venture, YellowTruck.

-- Chris @ Atlanta - JGM - Occam's razor tells us that when you hear hoofs, think horses not zebras.

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