A mobile payment application makes buying and selling goods easier
ANCHORAGE – Holiday craft shows are a staple for local artists. The way they get paid for their goods has changed though, with more customers preferring plastic over cash.
“Before I used to have to write down all the information and call it in,” said Keila Huelle of Reign Gear Designs. “So if there were mistakes or errors copying a number you’d have to track down the person to get the information back.”
Huelle’s been using Square, a mobile payment application, for almost a year. She was one of dozens at the Dena’ina’s annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Emporium embracing the new technology.
“Since we switched to the Square we have very little equipment; it’s very fast,” said Stacie Smiley who owns Stray Cat Designs. “It allows you to have a booth busy with customers coming in and out for several hours without anyone having to wait. It’s also less expensive than the normal credit card companies.”
The device and app are free, however, the company charges a small fee for every transaction.
Vendors say the best parts about Square are that it’s easy to use and customers are probably spending more.
“Someone would think twice about buying that amount, or they would have to come back and have the cash or check on hand,” said Nancy Rivers, owner of Braided River Designs. “It really has made a big difference as far as sales. I would say at least 75 percent of our sales are with Square with a credit card.”
Many customers will charge their way through the holiday shopping season, and local retailers say with Square’s help, they’re ready for them.