I've had an iPhone 4 since they came out. This phone has been resilient even through all the flying leaps I put it though over the last few years. But when it came to being time to upgrade, I did some quick research. I found a company that buys old cell phones for a fair price (in my opinion for this transaction). Assuming the USPS doesn't destroy the phone on the way to Gazelle, they will give me $150 for my old phone. Through AT&T, I was able to find the same model for $0.99. Of course, there's a $36 activation fee, but ultimately getting a new phone is going to result in a $113 profit for me. I'm OK with this! I'm also OK with sticking with the old model of iPhone for my business because I don't spend a lot of time on the phone and it allows me to use Square for purchases made by folks using credit cards. I quite enjoy the simplicity and speed of Square. I know other credit card processing for smart phones have come out since Square, but I haven't had any issues with Square to date so I haven't bothered to look into the other services. Technology has really revolutionized the way I do business. Before smart phones and Square, there was no credit card processing at craft shows. It was just too cost prohibitive. But now, depending on the show, over half of my sales could be credit card. That's a huge increase in revenue!
I read another blogger's post this morning. It was about him being bitten by a dog, and his young son almost being attacked by the same dog too. I was ready to be angry and join the Internet mob against the owner of the dog ... but Single Dad Laughing doesn't roll like that. I should know this by now! Instead, he talked to the owner and long story short, their family is in a VERY tough situation and they could really use a flood of love coming their way rather than that angry Internet mob. Dan asked for donations, and donations he's getting! I donated what personal cash I can to them, but I don't feel like that's enough. So if you can find it in your heart to get behind this cause and either donate as well or go shopping in my store, I'll donate proceeds from all the sales I receive today through Wednesday and you can feel good knowing the money is going to a good family in need and you can have a beautiful work of glass either to keep or give it as a gift to someone you care about. Also, all the orders placed by Midnight Wednesday in the USA should all be received by Christmas. Shipping is always free on all my orders being sent inside the USA.
I highly recommend reading Dan's blog about the event, and the link to donate is on his page too.
I'm a glass artist being touched by the beautiful world through the Internet and doing what I can to share that beauty right back.