• Fairs should give us credit
    December 03,2013
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    I love craft shows where I purchase handmade, locally produced gifts and decorations. And I usually spend a significant amount at each show I attend.

    This past Saturday, I was at the annual Poultney Holiday Fair at the high school. I had $100 in cash, plus my credit card. The first two vendors took all of my cash ó the rest of you who donít accept credit cards missed out on sales. I left the show disappointed and disgruntled, and those vendors I approached had more stock to carry home.

    A $3.50 sale doesnít warrant accepting a credit card, but customers expect to be able to charge anything over $20 or so. Few people carry cash anymore, but just about everyone has a credit or debit card.

    I realize credit cards cost you a percentage of your sales (usually 3 percent), but consider the convenience to the customer, not having to carry as much change, the accurate statement you receive from the company monthly and the increased volume of sales you would realize.

    Please, folks, a craft show is not a garage sale. Itís time to get with the program.


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