Take credit, for sales big or small
“DO YOU TAKE credit?” That’s a question
consumers used to ask a lot. But today most
business owners know that not offering payment by plastic costs them in sales.
Consumers prefer credit for a variety of reasons. Some people use their cards when
they’re making a large purchase. Others want
to save cash in hand or gain loyalty points,
such as airline miles. Some are making reim-bursable purchases for a company. Whatever
the reason, cash-only merchants miss lots of
“Without my Virtual Merchant account, I
[would] lose between $1,000 and $3,000 in
sales every weekend,” says longtime Costco
member Joe Beal of Bend, Oregon. Through
his company, Bringing Friends Fun and
Laughter, he sells high-grade stainless steel
water bottles at Saturday markets and festivals. After he sets up his booth, he plugs in his
laptop and receipt printer and begins chatting
“I’ll do about $1,000 in cash sales and
somewhere between $1,500 and $3,000 in
credit sales each weekend,” he says. “So, it
doubles or triples my sales, depending on the
weekend. For me, it’s a no-brainer.”
The Virtual Merchant account Beal refer-
ences is a service available through Elavon,
Costco’s Credit Card Processing service part-
ner. Virtual Merchant allows business owners
to process face-to-face and e-commerce
credit-card transactions. Through this ser-
vice, businesses can accept Visa, MasterCard,
American Express and Discover, as well as
debit cards and corporate purchasing cards.
All payment information is hosted and stored
by Elavon, minimizing data-security and
association-compliance concerns. It also inte-
grates with multiple shopping cart applica-
tions for e-commerce environments.
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