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    Squareup makes an app that gives the sticky, bedraggled comics maker, hunched over a tablecloth full of slightly bent books at the goblin market, access to credit cards. And believe me, when people's wallets get tired or the ATM falls over, both of which happen halfway through Saturday morning at any good-sized show, that app comes in handy.

    It's not the only one, but it's the only one I've found that gives you the little hoojamah for free. I can't bring myself to call it a 'dongle,' so that's the last time you'll hear it from me. Those little dingdongs aren't cheap, and the processing percentages are lower if you do use the thingety instead of typing things in.

    It's a great leveller. Assuming you already have a bank account and an iPhone, boom, that magic plastic is all yours. I just wish Apple would sell that rear-mounted card reader their employees have at the stores, 'cause the free dingsda is small, and you do have to swipe it just right. The fancy noncheap ones mount onto the bottom of the phone, and turn your sleek little piece of hardware into a long paddle like the kind Stuckey's attaches to the bathroom key so you won't run off with it.

    Squareup's doing right by me. I know other folks are using Intuit Gopay. Who else is using what else, and how well is it working for you?
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    this is interesting, thanks for the tip. I've rented the card machine beefore but it was truly a hassle. (I mostly do fine-art conventions where the purchases tend to be high enough to warrant card access) Thanks again
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    Square worked very well for some of my friends at c2e2 this year. I don't have a smart phone, though, so I was running a cash-only business. And I was surprised by the number of people who wanted to use credit cards, since cons historically have been a cash-only operation.
    A friend had a great idea for my next con: Take paypal payments from people with smart phones who can enter in the data that way. And I can use their phone to confirm the transaction. I'm going to try it out.
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    That's clever-- I used Paypal's app last year at San Diego, it saved my bacon. But it didn't occur to me that the customer could send money him or herself with his or her own phone. What we need now is an app that allows you to fire money at each other. SWOOSH, blam, you got moneh.
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    What we need now is an app that allows you to fire money at each other. SWOOSH, blam, you got moneh.
    Ah, yes. Bump, for micropayments. Clink your phones together, and sell someone a comic.
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2011
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    I have a strange, forbidden love for bumping phones together in exchange for money.
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2011
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    "Paul, don't bump your phone with strange women at conventions". Thanks Mom.
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    Bump is fun, but I want something more like a Money Gun.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2011
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    (Touring musician is taking notes.)
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    MONEY GUN.

    That would be a great phone peripheral. Your USB port plugs into a pistol grip, and pulling the trigger shoots electronic money at people...
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2011
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    Take that, Artists Alley. Pew Pew! You been PAID!
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    @heyapathy I don't think they have this in Canada quite yet. Just a heads up. Soon though.
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    Drive-by donation.

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