July 20, 2012
Square is the real deal
I have one of their card readers (free, the way we like it) and it works.
You pay Square 2.75% per swipe.
Suddenly you're in business.
I don't understand why Square hasn't achieved escape velocity (yet?), because it's really 1) easy and simple; 2) liberating; 3) very reasonably priced, considering 1) and 2).
July 20, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink
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My wife's hairdresser started using one of these a few months ago and, like you, I was blown away at the ease & efficiency. Makes me wish I had something to sell just so I'd have a reason to get one! I can't imagine why this wouldn't be revolutionizing the street vendor business.
Posted by: Rob O. | Jul 21, 2012 8:55:24 AM
I can't speak for Charlottesville, but around here I would say they're definitely taking off. Every food truck in the area uses them, and I've seen a few of their iPad-based point-of-sale systems around. Some of my co-workers have them, which makes paying for lunches easier (restaurant won't split the bill or take multiple cards? Bob pays for the whole thing and swipes everyone else's card with his Square reader).
One drawback: once a fat-fingered foodtruck vendor keyed in $1,200 instead of $12.00, making for an expensive lunch. My bank caught it within the hour and managed to work it out with no more involvement from me than a phone call. Meanwhile, I would have been fat, dumb, and happy right up until looking at my monthly statement. Make sure to inspect that total closely before you sign off on the transaction :)
Posted by: Nathan | Jul 20, 2012 2:32:01 PM
I love square. It's great for when your friends owe you money but never carry cash. (I can't remember the last time I had real cash in my wallet.)
Posted by: TMKvamme | Jul 20, 2012 2:14:03 PM
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