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Old 10-18-2013, 09:49 PM   #1
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I plan on starting a business this upcoming january, but need some feedback.
I'd like to start a website for the business, but the cost of actually starting the site is kind of forboding. I can save a great deal of cash by going with three craviats that customers must abide by;
- you cannot pay with any kind of card.
- all orders are phoned or mailed in with a print out order blank
- we only accept USPS money orders or US currency.

Paypal is already a dead fish to the gun industry, so that's no real news.
The business itself is based around low cost gun kits and parts, inluding muzzeloader kits, and conventional gun kits centering on product lines, with each gun costing ca.$135 - $160.

All kits are non-functioning upon arrival and are thus exempt from federal regulation. The wood is sent sanded but unfinished, the metal is in the white, recievers need simple drilling and tapping. Instructions are available via the company website in PDF format and demonstrated on our youtube tutorials channel.

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I would not expect a business to survive if it did not accept credit cards and online orders.

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Yahoo business offers websites with credit card payment options.

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I would not expect a business to survive if it did not accept credit cards and online orders.
Seriously. I've seen many "deals" and passed because the payment form required more than a "click" or entering a credit card number. I couldn't tell you the last time I actually mailed in an order form, and I shop online very regularly.


There is a restaurant down the block from the office here, and I love their food, but I rarely order lunch from them anymore since they quit taking credit cards to save on the fees.

I do a lot of payroll tax work for small businesses, and I see some of the fees they pay to accept credit cards. There is no doubt the fees are a burden, but they bring in a lot of sales through those cards.
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Seriously. I've seen many "deals" and passed because the payment form required more than a "click" or entering a credit card number. I couldn't tell you the last time I actually mailed in an order form, and I shop online very regularly.


There is a restaurant down the block from the office here, and I love their food, but I rarely order lunch from them anymore since they quit taking credit cards to save on the fees.

I do a lot of payroll tax work for small businesses, and I see some of the fees they pay to accept credit cards. There is no doubt the fees are a burden, but they bring in a lot of sales through those cards.
Same for me. No card? No sale.
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Post some links and show us your goods.
You would do better if you accepted plastic. I'm not
comfortable going to the post office for money orders,
gun free zones make me nervous

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My opinion - your business would stand no chance without taking plastic.
many stores suffer huge losses because they refuse to pay the 2 to 5 % transaction fees and they cut their own throats.
there are many places on the web to DIY your own sites with card payment. look around.

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No plastic = I don't buy there, ever.

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Looks like credit card acceptance is more of an investment in the business than just a cost. From the first comments it appears it may cost you more business in the long run to not accept them.

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