PayPal Here van on tour in London, Surrey, Manchester and Brighton
PayPal are hitting the road in their special PayPal Here van in October and November to promote their new PayPal Here product.
Chris and I met the guys who have developed this product up in Richmond a few weeks back and we like it. More than that, the folks at the helm are impressive and imaginative. The lead has been taken by a team in the UK (and they’ve worked with stealth) and it solves real business problems. PayPal Here is compelling evidence that behind the sphinx shell of eBay Inc., there are brilliant brains at work. It would be good to see much. much more of that.
We’ve written about PayPal Here already. It’s a very nifty handheld device which, when hooked up to your tablet or smartphone by bluetooth, means you can take card payments when you’re out and about. The unit itself costs £99 and normal PayPal fees apply. It’s much cheaper than other terminals and PDQ machines out there. There’s no contract or monthly fee.
So needless to say the PayPal folks will be out on the road bigging up PayPal Here.
You can find out where the van will be here. But here are some details.
Professional Beauty – 13th & 14th October (Manchester Central, Petersfield, Manchester, M2 3GX)
Real Food Market at Southbank – 25th & 26th October (Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX)
Kew Village Market – 3rd November (Station Parade, next to Kew Gardens tube)
Tool Fair, Sandown Park – 7th & 8th November (Sandown Park, Portsmouth Road Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ)
Phex Plumbing and Heating Exhibition – 13th & 14th November (Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS)
Upper Gardner Street Market – 16th November (Upper Gardner Street Market, Brighton, BN1 4AN)
The Business Show – 28th & 29th November (London Olympia, Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX)
So just what exactly is the difference between the Paypal Here and the Worldpay Zinc, which appears to be half the price and seems to have roughly the same pricing deal?
we already hace a mobile card payment machine that works just fine conects via any mobile network available including gps, not just the service your phone uses, buyers trust it gives them an instant paper receipt it can swipe their card etc etc .
what’s the incentive to change. paypal here is new and untried and not that cheap
It’s a bit like saying what’s the point of sending your 2kg+ parcels with Royal Mail – Surprising how many do because it works, it’s convenient, it’s easy, but not the cheapest. You could go mid-way and use a consolidator but you’d probably get better prices with a direct courier contract when you get big enough.
Same with PayPal Here, of course if you shop around and get a merchant account with a bank and sign up for a card machine deal you might get a better pricing structure.
However if you want something quick and easy that you can charge with a USB from any power source including your car cigarette lighter, are a new business starting out, want to take occaisional on the go card payments, not be tied to a contract and find it convenient to have all your payments in your PayPal account, it’s fantastic.
amazing what a free lunch and a couple of beers will do,
were asking what the incentive is to exsisting business with a card facility to change ?not asking for the sales pitch
If you already have a card taking facility that works, PayPal Here is likely not for you.
For someone who doesn’t and doesn’t take many card payments a week, it’s a good solution.
It’s also worth noting that this isn’t so much an ecommerce service.
thinking about it. if these things are so good rather than ponce about the country to get exposure, I would send them free to established paypal accounts over a certain turnover threshold, we take 50k via paypal every month and the tight sods want paid for a card reader so they can make even more commission from us,
bet you did not pay for yours?
To be fair, I don’t have one but PayPal have leant one to Tamebay to try out. :)
As for the rather neat little card readers, they do have an expense attached to making them. So I can see why they charge but I’m not sure if I was marketing the things whether I would charge 100 quid a pop.
I think I would be giving them away to people I thought would use them and get the word out.
Interesting to note though, the dinky things are of good quality and British made here at home. So that is a good thing.
has this been trialed in the wild, do buyers accept it ? do they trust it?
what about signal problems? many trade fairs and outdoor events we attend your lucky to get a text on your mobile there is such a demand on the networks
Signal problems may well be the problem that stifles this service in the wild.
As for customers, I’ll go down to the event in Brighton and see how it goes down and report back. It will be interesting to see how punters take to it.
thanks dan, we really are interested in this, rather than lug the card machine everywhere, we could have a couple or three of these paypal things for various phones, were just a little suspicious that the public might not like the lack of a paper receipt there and then,
though we really don’t like the idea of paypal being the monopoly provider of our credit card services
Interesting feature to note: you’d only need one handset for multiple phone devices.
A card terminal unit isn’t specific to an individual phone. It can be used across multiple phones.
yes though only having one card reader means only one phone is enabled . we cant use the shop .office. event, phones all at the same time, same as we only have one mobile card reader, though we have 5 or six mobile phones for various people
I attended something like 550 Traction Engine and similar events over the years. I note that all the Exhibitions being attended are in Urban areas. I would have been far more impressed if one at least had been in say Rural Cornwall perhaps out towards Padstow where any signal is a rare thing.
However remembering back to my Traction Engine Rally days I think that I would have welcomed this development. But I do wonder how much use it would get. I always found that those attending such events always took some money(after all they had to have enough for their round(or two) in the Beer Tent) with them and if they did not have enough they would borrow the shortfall from their friends or relations or if another Trader would ask me to hold it for them and then come back after their stall had sold a bit more.
Hi,Chris How much are PayPal/Ebay/Amazon paying you!!!!
Less of an info site more of a sales pitch site!!!!