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Reply #45 - Nov 22nd, 2015 at 5:34pm
 
Possible if not likely there will another vendor or three selling bowls by the next time you exhibit.
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Reply #46 - Nov 25th, 2015 at 2:49pm
 
John,

Sounds like you did well and you learned a thing or two.  Did you have fun?
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Reply #47 - Nov 25th, 2015 at 8:15pm
 
Frank...Good question.  I was exhausted that afternoon but had the feeling of 'relief' that it wasn't a disaster.  A day or two later, however, once I had a time to digest everything I did really enjoy myself and met some wonderful people who had a lot of interesting questions about wood and the turning process.
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Reply #48 - Nov 25th, 2015 at 10:29pm
 
John--guess by now the show is over & you survived
I too use square and they do have a reader for the chip cards with another coming in the works. I use it with the iPhone, but have to have the cover off or it doesn't seat right.
Have found that interestingly folks will "spend" plastic more so than cash----guess it's a sign of the times.
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Reply #49 - Nov 26th, 2015 at 2:13pm
 
David...You're quite right and though I cannot recall who first here suggested strongly I grab one they were absolutely right.  At least half of my sales were with Square and my three single largest sales were with it as well.  That said...I did have some issues with the device not reading some cards and some communication moments where the system simply didn't work as planned.  I'm definitely upgrading to a chip version before my next effort and I'm 'tracking' reviews of both the Square brand and PayPal's to see which the 'majority' prefer.  In the end I think you're right...it is a sign of the times.
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Reply #50 - Nov 26th, 2015 at 4:47pm
 
John Grace wrote on Nov 26th, 2015 at 2:13pm:
I cannot recall who first here suggested strongly I grab one

Me, about 20 minutes after your first post.  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes

I've had the Square for over 3 years, and love it.  I used to have ProPay, but left them for Square because ProPay had a LARGE annual fee.  I've checked into PayPal and Intuit, and neither seems to be any better than Square.
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Reply #51 - Dec 4th, 2015 at 8:10pm
 
I did a pen show yesterday, and for the first time 100% of my sales were by credit card via Square.
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Reply #52 - Dec 4th, 2015 at 9:10pm
 
Jim...That is both amazing and outstanding.  I learned a hard lesson during my sale and either you or others mentioned it as well.  Take the *bleeping* protective case off the cell phone before using the square.  Fortunately I didn't lose any sales but I did have to take the risk of accepting a check...fortunately it cleared immediately.

How many pens did you sell by the way?
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Reply #53 - Dec 4th, 2015 at 9:29pm
 
Only 16, but the average price was over $55 and most were multiple purchases.  Show was 11 to 3 and there was no charge for the space.  It is a senior community that has me come in as an "activity" for the residents.  I spoke to at least 25 people that had bought pens from me on previous visits and made a point of coming to say Hi.
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Reply #54 - Dec 4th, 2015 at 9:53pm
 
Outstanding...

When you do a show, do you ever take a small table top lathe with you to do demos, and if so, do you think that ever helps sales?
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Reply #55 - Dec 4th, 2015 at 10:55pm
 
Nope. 
1.  I have been displaying in the carpeted lobby. 
2.  I have been in a senior center with many people on oxygen.  (Dust may cause problems)
3.  I don't have a readily portable small lathe.
4.  No more room in my Expedition.
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Reply #56 - Dec 4th, 2015 at 11:59pm
 
JimQuarles wrote on Dec 4th, 2015 at 9:29pm:
It is a senior community that has me come in as an "activity" for the residents.

Well done! So Jim, what was the activity? Did you have kits ready for assembly, so residents could choose the barrel for their new pen? I can see where that would be great entertainment value for folks who don't get out much.
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Reply #57 - Dec 5th, 2015 at 1:48am
 
Nope, just what they call a trunk show.  I've been there when they had a Navajo woman with 2 tables of Native American jewelry.  Another time it was a woman with purses and other accessories.  The real activity is the residents shopping.
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Reply #58 - Dec 5th, 2015 at 6:00pm
 
I just got a call from someone there ordering another pen.
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Reply #59 - Dec 6th, 2015 at 12:22pm
 
I bring along a bowl blank with bark on it, a roughed out bowl, And one bowl gouge.  Give them an education. Most don't know how much work goes into making a bowl.  Greet everyone that walks by.  If they stop and start looking at a bowl, start talking about that bowl.  The first few shows i didn't talk much, soon learned to run my mouth.  Usually they will stay at your both longer, and maybe buy.
I'm still learning  Thumbs Up
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