Daily Archives: December 6, 2008

The $20 Upgrade

[Tammy](http://tammykirks.com) was exhibiting at [Winterfest](http://hammonshall.com/Shows.aspx?id=60) again this year, so I called her bank and asked about a credit card machine. For $20 we had the use of a traditional swipe card reader with receipt printer, an upgrade from the late-1970’s knuckle buster manual imprint machine. Without a phone line at the show, our authorization options are limited, but the machine has been well worth it. The transaction process is simple and the batch processing at the end of the day turns 15 minutes of manual key pressing in to about 60 seconds of beeping and hissing.