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Kris Tracy
  • Female
  • Saint Louis, MO
  • United States
  • pastel, oil
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Credit card payment systems

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melanie Moore May 6. 13 Replies

Did my first show (yeah!) and learned a whole lot. I also learned that I don't have a clue about a bunch of stuff! What do you all recommend for taking credit cards? I got ePN, which apparently…Continue

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Kris Tracy commented on Nels johnson's blog post The Shaw Art Fair (SF)—Last weekend in St. Louis
"Glad you had a good experience despite that awful rain! I was there, scoping out the show. I am glad to know that the Sunday sales boom happened because I noted that Saturday was a low crowd, no shopping bag kind of day. Your review has made me…"
Oct 10
Melanie Moore replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Credit card payment systems
"Yes, this experience with Paypal was a hassle.  Yesterday I looked further into the mobile hotspot and I think it would be better to get a second Square chip reader just in case mine gives it up.  Square's offline mode is convenient…"
May 6
Lori Buff replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Credit card payment systems
"Wow, the card reader problems sound awful. I should say that I am using the free card swipe attachment for both PayPal and Square. They still work just fine."
May 5
Kris Tracy replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Credit card payment systems
"Yikes! Sounds like you have had quite a bit of trouble! Sounds like Paypal would be a backup only for me. Hope you have better times with the replacement tech."
May 5
Cindy Welch replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Credit card payment systems
"Yes, there is a deal to insert the card that is separate from the one that plugs into your phone."
May 5
Melanie Moore replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Credit card payment systems
"Hello.  I have used Paypal for a few years and the first chip card reader was pretty good, but gave it up after about a 2 years or so.  They replaced it with another style (I now have two of those) THAT DOES NOT FUNCTION!  It…"
May 5
Kris Tracy replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Credit card payment systems
"Definitely seeing the benefits of a backup. Thanks for the details on PayPal. I really didn't consider that as a contender before....."
May 5
Kris Tracy replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Credit card payment systems
"Do you have to have some other attachment to process the chip cards?"
May 5
Lori Buff replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Credit card payment systems
"I have used PayPal Here for years and I love it. It costs a tiny bit less then Square (2.7% vs 2.75%) but they also give you a rewards debit card. The money from the show goes right into your PayPal account so you can spend it right away (good for…"
May 4
Cindy Welch replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Credit card payment systems
"I have used Square exclusively, going back to 2013, I believe.  No problems.  We got the chip card reader when it came out and hung on the card swiper for now.  There are still a few cards out there that don't have a chip…"
May 3
Kris Tracy replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Credit card payment systems
"Good idea to have a backup. Thanks"
May 3
Kris Tracy replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Credit card payment systems
"Thanks Greg"
May 3
greta anthony replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Credit card payment systems
"I use both square and paypal here, I think I need a new square reader it's been giving me problems lately. Unpairing from my tablet and I have to either repair or go with the magstripe reader. So lately I've been relying more heavily on…"
May 3
Greg Little replied to Kris Tracy's discussion Credit card payment systems
"I have used square for years and like it alot."
May 2
Kris Tracy posted a discussion

Credit card payment systems

Did my first show (yeah!) and learned a whole lot. I also learned that I don't have a clue about a bunch of stuff! What do you all recommend for taking credit cards? I got ePN, which apparently doesn't work with my newish MotoZ phone. I can key in the info and limped along like that at the show, but I don't want to be limited in the future. Square seems a favorite. Who has comments about it? See More
May 2
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Apr 30

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Your Medium
pastel, oil
Years in the Art Fair Business
Total newbie
First show ever
My first show will be in September of this year, (Pancake Day, Centerville IA) unless I get juried into some shows this summer
What are the best things about art fairs
I'm guessing it would be making contacts with potential customers.
Best show ever and why
My next one! I am very hopeful that art shows will be fun and will help me learn.
Worst show ever and why
The ones I haven't tried to get into.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
My teacher and mentor, Tracy Wilson, got me onto Zapp. That led me to other internet searches for art fair information.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I never took an art class until I was over 40.

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At 8:21am on March 9, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hello Kris,

Welcome to AFI!  We're delighted to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll take advantage of all the 'newbie' help and information to be found here.  Thanks for signing up and best of luck as you move forward.

At 12:29am on March 11, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Kris. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

Please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself. Then read the "Getting Started" for tips to make the site easier to navigate.
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Each of us is unique and has a gift to share that can help someone else. We all look forward to your sharing on ArtFairInsiders.com.

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