Scam – Too Smart for His Own Britches

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An acquaintance of mine started quizzing me one day on credit card machines and rates. A couple of weeks later, he was trying to sell me some equipment he had bought on EBay! Unbelievable! I, of course, said NO. Another couple of weeks later, he was asking me how to remove proprietary chips from the machines! He got burned buying equipment that couldn’t be reprogrammed. … Read More

If the shoe fits, upload it

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In terms of a custom-made experience, nothing can top what’s going on at The Left Shoe Company in Los Angeles. So says Bruce Molloy, the vice president of global business development at Customer Mobile, and an expert on the evolving retail space. Here’s what the Left Shoe does: They put customers’ feet through a 3D scan that takes 150 pictures. “Those photos are then sent … Read More

Scam – Horrible Swindle

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One of our favorite salespeople called on a husband/wife merchant for credit card processing. They gave him a monthly statement to review, but were acting quite nervous. Our salesperson brought them back a comparison, explained all the fees, and showed them where we could save them money. They understood and acknowledged they wanted to save money, but they were absolutely scared to death to switch. … Read More

The Future of Shopping

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The report “Retail Technology Vision 2014” from Accenture contains an incredible prediction: “The next five years will bring more change to retail than the last 100 years.”Think about that; the stores, websites, and apps we recognize today could go through some radical changes that would’ve been the stuff of sci-fi just a generation ago To find out what the changing face of retail will look … Read More

Scam – Huge Savings

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Bob, Bob, Bob… what do you have going this time? Bob thought he was doing a comparison for a merchant. He wrote across the paper, “Savings: $800.” The merchant asked us to take a look. “Where was the detailed comparison? Where was the savings of $800?” they asked. “Beats me. Why don’t I just write $1,000 savings on a piece of paper,” I replied. Bob, … Read More

Scam – Only Charging 1%

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Bob is back at it again. Recently, Bob showed up at one of our clients’ with a story that he was only going to charge the merchant 1%, and by the way, they needed all new equipment. The client called our office to ask for our review. It turns out Brand X was charging 1% on top of all the other qualified, mid-qualified, and non-qualified … Read More