I don't know if it is the area I am living in or what, but I do several shows a year and would love the option of paying by credit card for my booth fee. Many times I don't have the money right now - but will, say by the end of a week or month, but want to get into a show before the deadline (and of course money is due when you apply).
I get that it probably isn't worth it for shows that are around a $50 -$75 mark, but those above $100 should, in my opinion, at least give it a shot - offering credit card as an additional form of payment. Am I the only one who thinks this way? - Michelle
Dave Hinde said:
I agree with Dave about some promoters only doing one or two shows per year, or are an organization that sponsors the show. It's not worth it for them to set up a merchant account.
But personally, we don't use credit cards to apply to the shows. We're old fashioned and still use company checks.
What I've seen done with a different organization (non-art related) is a business that one of the members owned processes all the credit cards and charges back the bank fee to the organization.
Another option that is gaining popularity is accepting PayPal. I haven't seen it in the Art Show arena, but another club that I'm a member of uses PayPal for club dues and event entry fees. I'm not sure of the fee, but it's probably close to what a group would pay for a credit card account.
Speaking for a couple groups in my area (Norfolk, Virginia) they hold your check until after you are accepted. If you aren't accepted, then the check is returned. Not sure if that's a good idea, given the fact that several months could have passed between you writing the check and it being cashed.