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August 20, 2008

We Take Plastic

This is probably not too exciting to anybody else, but I am pretty psyched to report that I now accept credit cards for payment of materials. I’ve used PayPal for credit card transactions for years, but a lot of schools won’t go through PayPal for whatever reason. Most schools, though, have department credit cards. Taking a credit card for payment usually means a whole lot less paperwork to deal with than payment with a check, as a check payment typically requires becoming a “vendor” for the school.

So — no more PayPal. Now, people can just call or email me credit card info, I type in the info, and the payment goes through. It shows up on the buyer’s credit card bill as a transaction with “OstiMusic.” Cool. It’s fast, easy, and it makes the whole thing feel a lot more professional.

So if you want to order something — or you just feel like giving me money with your credit card — have at it!


5 Comments to “We Take Plastic”  

  1. At 11:02 am on August 20, 2008
    Nikk Says:

    Congrats! I’ve thought about doing this for drill design or marching band arrangements in the past, as some of the schools I wrote for have asked.

    Did they charge you a one-time fee, or is it a per-transaction fee, or something else?

    P.S. When ya coming back to Athens? This place has more bars per capita than any other city I’ve ever seen!

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  3. At 4:49 pm on August 20, 2008
    John Says:

    Nikk —
    There’s a subscription fee of around $18/month. Then the fee for each charge, since I’m doing everything without a swiping machine, is 2.15%. I charged two orders today within three hours of being “set up,” so it’s already paid for itself, and I just received two more orders offering to use a credit card. This is definitely the way to go, provided you charge at least one thing a month.
    In fact, according to Forbes, with data from the Centers for Disease Control, Austin is the “Drunkest City” in the US.

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  5. At 5:28 am on August 22, 2008
    Kevin Howlett Says:

    “Take a swig from the elixir of life, have a drink of booze. Have a drink…of…booze.”

    Sponsored by the American Council on Booze Consumption…ment.

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  7. At 5:54 am on August 22, 2008
    Montoya Says:

    So does that mean if they pay by CC you are adding the costs on top of that?

    And schools have CC’s? Wow. Usually I get booster and/or district checks. But this may cause me to think about this…

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  9. At 5:59 am on August 22, 2008
    John Says:

    I don’t charge extra if they use a credit card — I just make 2% less, but it’s worth it to avoid the hassle of the paperwork, plus receive the money immediately (or within a few days, after it automatically transfers to my bank account).
    And yes, a lot of schools have credit cards — particularly at the college level.

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