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    I've got my first carving show/sale event coming up, and I'm wondering what the expectation is for payment. Do most people just use cash and checks, or do people expect to be able to make electronic payments? If you accept electronic payments, what do you use? Has anyone ever had issues with checks bouncing?

    Any other advice or comments around transacting at live shows are welcome too. Thanks.
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    Although I've never sold at a show, when I've bought I expected to be able to use plastic. I seldom carry more than 10 or 20 dollars cash anymore. I know you can get a setup for your smart phone but I've no experience with them besides paying someone who was using it.

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    • #3
      Quite a few of the penturners sell using this app on their smart phones. https://squareup.com/us/en/payments

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      • #4
        As a buyer, I go to some shows with cash spread among my pockets, not all in one big wad.

        At an artisans' business showcase kind of a show, I expect to be able to use a card.
        Card reader, some app in an iPhone and a wee receipt printer. That seems to be all it takes.

        I've never asked about the workings but it sure is slick and efficient.
        Makes it all too easy for me to spend far more than I planned.
        So, for you the vendor, you should be pleased!
        Brian T

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        • #5
          I like cash, or a local check. With all the ATM machines around they can get their cash. To much hassle to go anything but cash. I don't sell at a lot of venues though, mostly word of mouth. Just my own experience with an out of town, state bad deal. Not a huge sale, just enough to be safe from now on.
          Carve On,
          Kadiddle

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          • #6
            The T puts it into your bank. You get docs from your bank account. Many vendors use the T unit attached to a phone or palmtop computer of some sort with the app. I've used it to take dues. Customer sees the debit on his account and you see the credit. Simple. Very common now for taking money at vendors from Dentists to small stores. Doesn't cost like going with a bank and a bank machine but customers like them - but you need the internet either way unless you allow the data on the service provider connection.

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            • #7
              I suppose it will depend greatly on where you are selling and the price of your carvings. I sell at 2 shows/sales up here in rural Nova Scotia. The way i feel is if someone is planing on attending a "sale" , then they should be prepared to bring some cash with them. I have taken personal checks, and I have "held" carvings for customers while they sought out the nearest ATM machine and have never experienced any problems. But like I said this is a rural area and I probably know 75% of the people that I'm dealing with.
              Wayne
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              • #8
                I seldom carry more than a minimal amount of cash, but for a craft type of sale if I think I'll buy something I'll expect to pay cash. Problem is, for the seller, if I unexpectedly want to make an impulse purchase we're both out of luck if he doesn't take plastic. We put virtually everything on plastic nowadays.
                Arthur

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                • #9
                  I only accept cash at the shows that I do. I will never accept a check from anyone unless I know the person. There are too many slippery people out there and checks bounce easily. I don't take that chance. If they don't have cash then I just don't make the sale. I'm not that desperate anyway. These new apps and gadgets for accepting credit cards are definitely worth some consideration, however.
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                  • #10
                    I did a lot of craft shows for about 15 years, some local, some as far away as 150 miles. This was back in the 1970's and 1980's, we took cash and checks. The phone apps were not available, of all of the checks we took, I never had a check not clear my bank. I found that generally hot check writers are not the type to go to arts and crafts shows.

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                    • #11
                      Square https://squareup.com is now the credit card reader for ETSY. They keep a small percentage of the sale, and deposit the rest in your bank account. I opened a special account in a local bank just for that purpose so they don't get access to my "regular" bank account.

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                      • #12
                        I use PayPal and you can get a card reader from them. I seem to sell more if I accept credit cards or debit cards and you don't have to wait for it to clear like a check. Some shows will expect you to collect sales tax and you may have to write a check for the amount of sales tax you collect to the show for them to turn in.
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                        • #13
                          Thanks for all the info, guys. I ended up setting up a Square account. I also learned about Zelle, which works to directly transfer money between bank accounts for free. So hopefully I should be all set to receive payments from any potential customers at the sale.
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                          • #14
                            My wife & I have been doing Craft Shows for 20+ years (off & on). I 4 different states.
                            We wear pocket aprons (from Home Depot). We start out with $200 petty cash. Small bills $1’s, & $5’s and split it between us. As we get sales, we keep the over flow and large bills $20’s & up in one pocket and the petty cash change in another. That way we are not flashing and big “roll”. An apron with three pockets even works better.
                            Other vendors may ask for change: we have helped them out only if we have a surplus. Be careful don’t short yourself and give your petty cash away. We only take local checks in the home area. Never had a “bouncer”. We run credit debit/cards through PayPal.
                            We don’t like “cash boxes” as they are easy to walk away. At shows end, we lock up the cash in a metal box that is cabled to our van seat metal framing. Packing up with an apron full of money is not good! Believe me, at day’s end you are tired and get carless and a passer-by can easily pick up the apron or box if they are not secured.
                            PS: 99.9% people are honest but the .1% can make your day bad!

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