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Do you offer a Cash Discount ?

Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by Lin19687, May 20, 2018.

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  1. May 20, 2018 #1

    Lin19687

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    Just curious for those that take CC's.
    Do you offer a Cash discount ?
    Maybe buy 4 get 1 free?
    CC payments are roughly $0.14 to $0.22 per bar and when you add in Sales tax and such....
     
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    Short answer -- no, I don't.

    One big reason is simplicity -- I keep the rules of selling at shows and fairs as simple and easy as possible to avoid misunderstandings and mistakes.

    If you do offer a discount for cash (which in most people's minds also includes checks), bear in mind the time needed to handle checks and the security concerns about cash and checks at a fair or show. Don't forget the hassle required if you have to collect on even one bad check -- or the loss of income if you cannot collect. In my experience, the CC fees are annoying, but checks and cash have their downsides too, so I don't see a lot of point to different pricing structures for cash/check vs CC.

    "Buy 4, get 1 free" as a discount for cash doesn't make mathematical sense. Most discounts for cash that people offer are on the order of around 5%. That would be more like "buy 19 and get 1 free."

    Also sales tax is sales tax whether the purchase is cash/check or CC.

    If I wanted to offer a volume discount, I'd offer it to everyone.
     
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    My only difference is I charge tax with the CC and I absorb the tax when they pay cash. I will not absorb the fee and tax for CC transactions. I do take checks and have been very fortunate to have never received a bad one. I include the tax because I also like to keep in simple and not deal with coins. Granted the tax is higher than card fees but it works for me... I also do not sell just B&B products, my crochet hats really balance out the profit margin since the profit margin is much higher on my hats.
     
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    I don't do a cash discount, but I do a bulk discount for in person sales - buy 5 get the 6th one free. I should charge for cc fees but I don't. In my rinky dink neck of the woods I lost sales because people didn't want to pay that fee. I price my soaps assuming that I will be paying sales tax and cc fees on each soap + the x4 for profit. Funny, those people that complain about paying fee, don't complain about the price if they don't know they are paying the fee.
     
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    Thanks, I wasn't sure if people did that. Kind of like there are some gas stations around here that still do that.
    My example of the free bar was just the only thing that popped into my head.
    We have sales tax here of 6.25%, I was just going to list the price of soap with tax included.

    Still looking into the card readers and how that all works.
    https://www.business.org/software/p...dit-card-reader-apps-for-your-small-business/
    seems to be good info.
    And this one too https://www.merchantmaverick.com/the-best-credit-card-reader-for-your-small-business/
     
  6. May 22, 2018 #6

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    Yeah, that thing about the credit card fees is interesting. I balk at paying more for using a credit card than for cash at a gas station because I know the major gas companies don't like gas stations to do that. If everybody did that, there would be no reason for people to get the gas company's credit card and that's not good for business (for the credit card company.) So the fees are hidden in the cost of the product in most cases and of course then the cash customer is also paying the hidden fee as well because it is 'discriminatory' to make such offers.

    In my recollection, when the major credit cards started out, they really wanted people to view them as 'the same as cash' so the 'cash discount' was discouraged. But over time, I have begun to see it making a come-back all over the country. I do know there are some folks who prefer to pay for everything with cash, but I also know there are some situations where cash is not accepted at all. On the airplane, if you want to buy food or drinks, it's plastic only, no cash is accepted. For me, I don't want to carry that much cash with me. If I spend $40.00 at the gas station twice a day, I won't have much left for the grocery store as I travel on my roadtrips. I'd have to stop at the bank as often as I stop at gas stations!
     
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    I don't offer a discount for cash. I offer multiples discounts. 4 for or 3 for type things.
     
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    Same here for the same reasons. I don't charge tax for cash sales because it's easier and faster to have whole dollar amounts. I have the sales taxes percentages programmed into my CC reader for the areas where I sell, and tax is automatically added to the total. I do tell my customers that tax will be added for CC transactions and I've never yet had anyone have a problem with this. And just something to keep in mind - some festivals prohibit vendors from charging a 'service fee' for using CC's, but adding sales tax is perfectly acceptable.
    I use Square for my CC transactions and I really like them. No monthly fees, so you only get charged per your transactions and the fees are reasonable. I've also found that they are very fast on transferring funds, usually within 24 hours even on holidays.
     
  9. May 30, 2018 #9

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    Lin19687 do you mind me asking where you are at, the only reason I ask is because our sales tax here is 9.98% it is ridiculous. And they just issued another bond that is going to raise it above 10% next year.
     
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    Massachusetts, says on my Avatar :)
    Sales tax is 6.25%
     
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    10 % is too much.
     
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    Our sales tax is over 9% in most counties in So Cal
     
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    We have two taxes... GST (Goods & Services Tax) of 5% and PST (Provincial Sales Tax) of 7%, for a total of 12%. That said, GST is not charged on everything (i.e. not on food items).
     
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    In South Dakota we also have a Tourism Tax - most craft shows/festivals are considered "tourist" activities (by the state) so I usually have to pay an additional 2.5% tax... our taxes can range anywhere from 3% to 7%.
     
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    Local and other types of taxes often increase that, sometimes by quite a bit, so a person can't just look up the state sales tax to get a definitive answer.

    For example, my state of Iowa has a 6% state sales tax, but the counties can charge another 1% local tax. I believe all counties in Iowa do happen to collect the local tax, it isn't strictly required that all must do that.
     
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    Florida is the same, state tax is 6% but my county adds .5% to that
     
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    MA just has one tax
     
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    In Louisiana, I have to pay both state and parish sales tax which ups the total to at least 9%.
     
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    In Michigan it's a straight up 6%. I have found that many states with higher sales taxes don't pay state taxes. Texas & Missouri are a couple.
     
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    Yep. I think the point is to be aware of what taxes you have to pay, and figure out how you're going pay them - e.g. collect at the time of sale or price so that paying the tax out of pocket (so to speak) doesn't affect your profitability.
     

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