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I have not started busking yet(but soon). But I have read that some people will use a Square reader for hatting along with a hat. I use a Square when I am in a club and selling merchandise but I am not sure if that would kill the flow for busking.

Any thoughts?
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Not saying your the first busker to use this. And there will be some here with experience. How ever this is new ground.

I think you need to work it in to your hatline. I would try and make it something you deal with after the many hat drop. Also may be have a standard payment.

Be very interested in what response you get from others here and how it gose out on the ground.
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and let others enjoy it as well!
Eric Evans
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I’ve seen them used to mixed results. They usually work but not always, and if an audience member takes the time to use them, they’ll tip at least $5.

Personally I don’t think they’re worth the trouble. Time is better spent learning where the nearest ATMs are, and conveying that info during the hat pitch.
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Has anyone tried Zelle or other payment apps. I haven’t used them, but have seen ads and seems pretty Simple. Person opens their bank app, puts in your email and amount and sends it to you. You do have to have a bank account with Zelle, or you can set it up to go to a credit or debit card.

Realized this could work for PayPal too. Just need to advertise your email waiting like square.
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I hope I am never so desperate for money that I have to jump through those kinds of hoops ... I just do my show and if people give to me great, if not ... great. My objective is to give people a good show ... period.

From my lecture notes: "I don't make money, I make magic ... if I make good magic, I will make good money".

If you are doing this for money, you are wasting your time - if you want money, put on a suit and tie and move to Wall Street and steal their retirement fund like all the other rich ***holes do.

I agree with Eric, if they want to give to you they will find an ATM and give to you ... I remember many people come up to my table and drop money in the hat and walk away and I'd be like "but I didn't do anything" and they will be like "we saw your show earlier but didn't have any cash".

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Nickoli Sharpe
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Every one has there own way to get payed.
I use the idea that if they have cash and want to give they will.
If they don’t have cash they normally seek out a ATM.

Although I know of street guys that are really cashing in on the square, bit coin and others.
If your really interested in this sort of thing talk to Wacky Chad.
He swears by it and will send you all you’ll need to know about it.
Just google him
Endless West
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I designed a business card with my PayPal and venmo links on it. It has the QR codes or whatever they're called on it.
I have a few in my vest so if someone tells me the show is good but they don't have cash, I give them the card.

Since I made the cards I've only done two shows where someone has told me that though. Go figure.
I made them in photoshop and had them printed by vistaprint. They always have a half off deal so it was like $20 for a thousand or something.
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BBC News just posted a story how buskers in London are using cashless methods to take payments.
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Profile of MVoss
I always liked the idea of using a big QR code. I use them a lot for other things. Very useful and most cellphones automatically read them now without a special app. PayPal email is also great, almost everyone has PayPal. Not sure how useful they would be on the street, but I use both in my daily life frequently.
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If you want a form of cashless payment, here is an option, albeit a pricey one however it eliminates your phone to take card payments.. It's called dip jar. All they do is insert and remove and you can alter how much the swipe is worth.

The only downside is if you want 2 different denominations, you'll. Need two dip Jars.. However if you're a working pro and making the money a lot of people here assume to be making, it shouldn't be a problem as an investment.
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Profile of Cleverpaws
This looks like a good option. $399+$99 year. $5. is the minimum "dip" amount and you set it at one amount, which you can change online. 6% transaction fee
This would be much better than square. Square takes more time than most people want to spend. Dip Jar also is very obvious as to what it is there for. It also collects the first and last name of the customer which could be useful for marketing.
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Profile of drmolarmagic
Hi everyone should be aware of and the associated app
Once you join (free) you can set up an account and they will set up a QR code and you can print a sign about scanning and supporting our art on the street.
You can also announce your location and show type and start time etc. to social media to possibly bring more people in the area to watch the performance.
I think its a great set up. I recommend it to all
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The latest issue of Vanish magazine has a article about this on page 9.
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