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Pampered Chef: Square Card Reader (for cash & carry)

  1. chefjeanine

    chefjeanine Senior Member Gold Member

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    Is anyone using this system (or any other) for selling cash and carry items at booths/fairs? I'm probably going to be investing but looking for the thoughts of those with experience.

    I have a booth at our local youth fair (BIG event) and after 15 years as a consultant have accumulated just a couple of extra things. :eek: I won't take checks at the fair (unless it is a known past host/good customer) and not everyone has cash. I believe this is the way to go but don't have any experience with it.

    This is NOT for current product sales!
     
    Aug 5, 2016
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  2. byrd1956

    byrd1956 Senior Member Gold Member

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    I have taken checks at the local Farmer's Market, but usually just cash. I really did not want to get into using another device. I have also had people pay with PayPal.
     
    Aug 5, 2016
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  3. thov99

    thov99

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    I have a square reader for vendor events and I love it! The money is deposited in my account quickly. They are switching over from the swiped to the chip reader, tho. The fee is like 2% per swipe, totally worth it!
     
    Aug 9, 2016
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  4. chefjeanine

    chefjeanine Senior Member Gold Member

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    I was a little concerned about that BUT I know many of stores don't yet accept the chip cards so the cards must still able to be swiped to be read. That should save me about $39 (initial cost of reader).
     
    Aug 9, 2016
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  5. I have used a square card reader for some times, years in fact, as i do several huge events, and checks are not a good option. Works great, money gets to my account quickly, and easy to use. All in all, I love it. Plus, people will purchase more when using a card.
     
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  6. scottcooks

    scottcooks Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Does the PC reader work with the SQUARE software?
     
    Aug 24, 2016
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  7. thov99

    thov99

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    I haven't tried it, but I doubt it. The swiper from square is free, or at least it was when I got mine.
     
    Aug 30, 2016
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