I was asked to be a guest vendor at a local craft fair. In less than a week. I just downloaded the POS app, but there is no way I will get a card reader in time (1-3 days to process then up to 5 days shipping). Should I bother to learn how to use the POS app just for this craft fair?
I also thought I could just do cash, and have people use their own phone to place an online order on the spot if they want to use a card. Any advice is appreciated!!
Olivia here from the Shopify team. Thank you for your question.
Being invited to be a guest vendor at a local craft fair is so exciting - congratulations! While you're correct that you likely won't get a card reader in time for the event with it being less than a week away, the Shopify POS app will still be an asset for the event. Using the Shopify POS app will allow you to do inventory management and keep track of your orders and payments while selling in person.
You have a few great ideas and I'll provide you with some resources to learn more about actioning them below. I'll also add some more thoughts I have on how to get the most out of Shopify POS without a card reader.
Another option for accepting card payments without a card reader is manually entering the credit card information from a customer. If you don't have a card reader, or if you do end up getting one but are ever having trouble with it in the future, then you can enter credit card details manually to take payment. We have some steps on how to accept manual credit payments in this Help Doc.
I like your idea of also giving customers the option to pay on your website on their phone since mobile checkouts can be quite quick and efficient. If you plan to suggest this as an option to your customers, I recommend setting up a temporary free shipping rate called something along the lines of "Craft Fair Pickup", or perhaps enabling local pickup for online orders.
Feel free to reply back here if you have any further questions regarding using Shopify POS with or without a card reader. I hope the event is a great success!
That sounds awesome, @Christina4!
I'm so glad we could help. If anything else comes up don't hesitate to reconnect with our team.