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Debit-taking mobile payments in Toronto? Alternatives to Square?

I'm opening up a popup shop in November. The building is not wired for internet and the landlord doesn't want to wire it as such due to the short-term lease. I know about mobile payment systems like Square, but none that I can determine can take Debit in Canada (they're credit card only). This does not work for me. Are there non-Square alternatives that do take debit in Canada? Thanks.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Oct 16, 2015 - 5 answers

My boss hasn't paid me. It has been 3 weeks. Should I wait or quit?

I started this job 3 weeks ago and despite quitting and being re-hired, my boss has not really made enough changes to give me faith that he will pay me. I do not believe that I will get paid. [more inside]
posted by ihaveyourfoot on Oct 10, 2015 - 41 answers

'Tis the Season to be Overqualified

I am about to be interviewed for a part-time seasonal, retail position. This would simply be something to supplement my main income, and very temporary. I have about 15 years of high level retail management experience that I gained prior to the full-time non-retail management position I now have. I heard that the hiring managers sometimes do not want to hire people who are vastly overqualified, so my question is this: Should I reveal how much retail experience I actually have, or should I try to downplay it?
posted by LilithSilver on Sep 30, 2015 - 8 answers

Optician nightmare - warranty replacement. How to best solve?

I'm trying to get replacement eyeglasses under warranty. It's been a nightmare process from start to finish, and I'm not sure how to navigate further. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Sep 29, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me replace my girlfriend's favourite smiley heart t-shirt

Whilst in LA recently my girlfriend bought this t-shirt of a smiley heart face. She loves it, but it got ruined in transit. She is unhappy. Can you help us find it again? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 21, 2015 - 5 answers

True costs?...a specific case, but a general curiosity about pricing

What do things really cost before retail profits are added and has anyplace taken this question on in a comprehensive way? [more inside]
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens on Sep 17, 2015 - 8 answers

How do I manage people, including my current boss?

I'm likely to be promoted to a position that's higher than I've ever been, and given some struggles I've had in the past with this organization, I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by Night_owl on Sep 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Wanna buy a $20,000 car or a $20 lamp?

Which job would be better for someone who would like to keep their sanity: working as a car salesperson or working at a retail chain store? [more inside]
posted by pea_shoot on Sep 14, 2015 - 24 answers

How do I maximise the potential of a Saturday job?

I would like to feel as if I have not hit rock bottom in life. Please help me believe that. [more inside]
posted by ihaveyourfoot on Sep 5, 2015 - 9 answers

The Lonely Room is a bad name for something you do with friends.

We're looking for a name for a new game and hobby store. Metafilter is super great at naming things (like cats, blogs, food carts, etc.) and we've put our minds to coming up with a name but have run out of ideas that we both like. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2015 - 37 answers

Looking for a standing-height table appropriate for a retail setting.

I have been looking for a standing height table that would be appropriate in a retail setting and have had no luck finding one. This may likely be due to me using incorrect search terms. It needs to be tall enough that someone can stand at it and comfortably fill out about a page (5 min) of paperwork. The "deck" needs to be of a size that approximately 2-4 people can gather round it (but not too large as it won't be used for much beyond some short paperwork. We don't want it too look too "dining-ey'. I'm picturing something along what I imagine you find in something like a cell phone store perhaps, where people stand to sign a contract. Cost is certainly a consideration, we would like to keep it below $150 a unit.
posted by sourwookie on Jun 24, 2015 - 3 answers

Help with pricing/consignment of product for retail, please.

I'm about to meet with a couple of retailers who want to carry my aromatherapy line in their local shops. I don't want to sound clueless or put myself at a disadvantage. I plan to keep my online price and the retail price in brick and mortar stores the same, with the exception of special sales or events. [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow on Jun 23, 2015 - 3 answers

What are the most innovative things retailers are doing with mobile?

I'm trying to find the best, most interesting, perhaps most unusual things retailers are doing with reaching out to mobile phone users. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Mar 31, 2015 - 7 answers

Retail word for "Customers waiting in the checkout line"

I read an article a while back that used an industry specific term for customers waiting in the check out line. The premise of the article was that retailers wanted to maximize {industry term} time to just below the threshold that a customer would not return to their establishment because it maximized impulse purchases. What is this term? Bonus points for pointing me to an article that states retailers do not want implement RFID tags in retail merchandise because it speeds up checkout and reduces {industry term} time.
posted by jmsta on Mar 16, 2015 - 7 answers

Help Me Resurrect a Dormant Website

I hired a developer to build a retail website for me in 2011. He did it, but I moved and the MyPhP account he established for me expired. At the time, knowing how life situations can change, I asked him for a copy of the code, which he gave me although he protested because he though I would allow him to host it on his site. We also had a falling out about quality which later, made me glad I had asked for a copy of the code. I know nothing about coding. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Mar 3, 2015 - 15 answers

Expand my thinking! Or, just give me a tiny bit of hope.

I am unemployed with no college degree, and an employment history in retail management/horticulture. I'm trying desperately to do something - anything - that will: 1) hire me and 2) pay me a living wage. I am depressed and defeated. Please help me think of things I haven't realized are possible, when I haven't even had a temp agency sign me up. [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Feb 5, 2015 - 28 answers

Sales and Marketing a new product line... for the complete novice

I have stumbled into a completely foreign land in which I am way outside of my comfort zone, and am looking for some direction. With a background in software design/development, I now find myself a proud owner of a side-business that has created a new line of consumer products (sports related). The hitch is that we have flown very much below the radar during development, but are now ready to sell these things... but we aren't sales-guys. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2015 - 3 answers

What are the best ways to drive sales on the floor in high-end retail?

I recently was hired at a high-end luxury retail store where traffic is low, and it's a client cultivating environment. My previous experience in retail sales has been in higher-volume stores and I want to hear from people who work in this type of luxury-driven culture about what's worked and what doesn't to be successful.
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Jan 11, 2015 - 3 answers

Retail manager monkey wants out but needs money.

I am a high-level store manager for a retail chain which, in general, does good for the world. Up until now, that's been enough to satisfy my need to do something meaningful with my life while also making decent money. It's just not cutting it anymore. Help me figure out something that will. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Purchasing a used iPad

What's a good source for a used iPad and what should I be looking for when I shop for my 6-year old? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Dec 4, 2014 - 16 answers

What happens to returned products that are in almost new condition?

Say I bought some fancy electronic gadget on Amazon. I took off all the fancy protective packaging, unwrapped the cables, etc. Then after using it for an hour or two, I decided it was actually a piece of junk they never should have released, and I returned it for the cost of shipping. It's virtually new, but not in factory condition. What happens to that item now?
posted by smackfu on Nov 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me decide whether to inherit an online store?

I have an opportunity to take over an established online baby/kid's product store with a very nice website. For free. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Oct 22, 2014 - 21 answers

How would George Jetson buy a car?

What are currently the most relevant blogs / websites / articles / experts on the future of automotive retail? [more inside]
posted by eau79 on Oct 11, 2014 - 1 answer

Peacock Express, Los Angeles Local.

Where (besides Manic Panic, ugh) can I buy funky, semi-permanent hair dyes in Los Angeles? Preferably today? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Sep 27, 2014 - 3 answers

Putting my persuasive skills to use for rehiring - advice?

I want to return to a retail job I resigned from last December. A few complicated layers. Snowflake deets hiding under the fold! [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Aug 22, 2014 - 32 answers

Time to get a new job pt. 2

I know exactly what I want out of work, and it is this: working on creative projects to make something useful (and also cool) as part of a team. And also money. Not tons, but enough to get by. I have a BA, but nearly all my work experience to date has been in low/no-skill labor. How do I bootstrap myself into a new career and what should I even be looking at? [more inside]
posted by zchyrs on Jul 30, 2014 - 6 answers

How Do I Deal With a Distracting Employee in Retail?

I have recently been hired as a product development manager in a new boutique retail chain. Another manager-level employee was hired around the same time as I was, and so far has been challenging to work with. Seeking advice on best practices before this turns into a Pamplona Bull Run on the floor. [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Jul 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Articles/research on employee satisfaction, turnover, etc. in retail

I'm creating a proposal as an exercise to increase the retail employees at my place of employment a significant amount in two years. This would bring them in line with higher paying retailers such as CostCo and Container Store. Please link me articles, employee surveys or research studies that support higher wages/benefits for retail employees related to employee satisfaction, decreased turnover, increased engagement and other similar metrics.
posted by OnTheLastCastle on Jul 15, 2014 - 2 answers

Why do so many retail stores, bars and restaurants play Brazilian music?

Aside from the fact that the music is quite enjoyable, why the over-representation? Can anyone shed light on this perception / observation? I notice that many retail stores, bars, restaurants/coffee shops, etc. play Brazilian music to a disproportionate level as compared to music from other places. [more inside]
posted by LittleFuzzy on Jun 24, 2014 - 13 answers

I'm here to buy shoes; I don't need the extended powertrain warranty

Where (if anywhere) can I go in Manhattan to browse a reasonably large selection of high-quality men's dress shoes and try them on in different sizes without needing to deal with any salespeople? A warehouse with a bench would be fine. I am a guy with large but not gargantuan feet if that matters. Thanks.
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Jun 21, 2014 - 8 answers

I need to be better at customer service

If you're stuck working retail, how do you deal with the worst in people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2014 - 37 answers

Standard Cloth supplier/others supplied?

Among the in-house brands at Urban Outfitters, I've found that "Standard Cloth" routinely puts out the kind of simple, low-key garments I actually want to buy. Is there any way to find out (or does someone know off hand) whether this creator or house does stuff for other shops under other names, or whether they have their own storefront somewhere under another name?
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Mar 12, 2014 - 2 answers

The Pen is Mightier than the...Rage-Quit?

For a number of reasons, my work environment has become particularly stressful, to the point where it has visibly impacted my well-being. Do I quit, or stay and defend myself? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Feb 24, 2014 - 24 answers

Help me name a record store

I need to name a music store. It'll be a very small shop -- 400 sf -- and will deal in new and used vinyl. Your suggestions are appreciated.
posted by dobbs on Feb 2, 2014 - 57 answers

Ohhh, a gift card, you shouldn't have... really.

I received a gift card to a major retail store for Christmas from a family member. I am extremely grateful for the gift, but would prefer not to shop at this particular store for ethical reasons. What are your experiences with "gift card exchange" web sites?
posted by mrrisotto on Jan 2, 2014 - 16 answers

Economics 101: How to read national accounts

I'm trying to reconcile two numbers from the same national statistical agency. I'm looking for a dummy's guide for what defines the difference between the two numbers and how to use one to estimate the other. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Oct 22, 2013 - 6 answers

help me navigate the world of retail/hospitality part-time jobs

I need a part-time job to make some sort of income while I'm completing a post-bacc. I am okay with mindless jobs because my classes exhaust my brain enough. I am trying to decide between the hospitality industry vs retail. Share your knowledge so that I can have a better grasp on the pros/cons of each. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Sep 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Buying online and shipping O/S. UK -> Aus

How do I purchase this cooker in England and get it shipped to Australia? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Sep 19, 2013 - 7 answers

My boyfriend calls off work a lot.

I am partly worried about my boyfriend's job, partly frustrated with his priorities, and on the way to getting very angry. [more inside]
posted by Rach3l on Sep 12, 2013 - 48 answers

A directionless 20-something, how original.

I need help figuring out the next step to take in my life. [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Aug 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Where can I find very low cut socks?

I am having a lot of trouble finding super low cut socks - socks that are not visible when wearing low profile sneakers like Van's. Are there any websites or stores in Manhattan that carry them?
posted by helios410 on Aug 11, 2013 - 14 answers

You take a picture of it, you buy it. How is this sort of rule enforced?

I visited a hip re-thrift/retro collectables shop in Chicago (not naming names) that had signs posted around the store claiming "you take photo = you buy" indicating that if a customer photographs an item they are obligated to purchase it. I understand how the "you break it, you bought it" policy works, but how exactly would this "no photography" policy be enforced? The items are not copyrighted as they are second-hand, and the customer has not stolen/damaged the property by photographing it, so I am assuming they couldn't get law enforcement involved. They certainly can't legally detain a customer either and I doubt they would jeopardize their safety to try. I am under the assumption that all they can do is ask the customer to leave and then deny them entry later. Any ideas? I am super curious!
posted by Young Kullervo on Jul 23, 2013 - 18 answers

Why is there a rack of really old greeting cards at the conveniencstore?

The newsstand / convenience store in my office building has a half-empty rack of really old greeting cards. Is there a business reason why these cards are taking up prime retail space in the store? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Jul 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Corporate information database

My friend is looking for a resource that will identify by states buyer contact information for large retail companies. She is a "key account representative" for a national company with a presence in half of the states in the US, and wants to find information regarding buyers for large national retailers. Years ago there was publication called "Contact Influential" that supplied this sort of info. I'm marginally familiar with Hoover's, and believe it is along these lines. Does the hive have any other suggestions?
posted by ecollie on Jul 10, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I take my super small retail business online?

I sell Mexican arts and crafts, alpaca, shell jewelry, hand painted shell bobble heads, all made by indigenous people in Mexico (I'm a Mexican american immigrant, and I import a small amount of crafts every year), I'd like to use facebook, or a website, or internet to sell my jewelry to a wider audience, but I'm a very beginner and need ideas and guidance. So far I have just been doing craft shows for many years, but I'd like to make more money hopefully enough to live off of.
posted by kikithekat on Jun 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Letter to praise good customer service?

I'm looking for a form letter that I can use to send to managers of shops when I've been provided with good customer service. Ideally, I'm looking for something that I can just edit the small details of, like the individual's name, what they did that warranted the letter, etc. Also, if you were a shop worker's manager, what would you really like to know/read in this kind of letter?
posted by Solomon on May 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Is this a scam? What's the angle here?

Something fishy is going on in my store, but I can't wrap my head around it. Why would a customer buy/return around $25,000 worth of merchandise over the course of a few months? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on May 1, 2013 - 108 answers

Thriving as a small brick and mortar/e-commerce B2C retailer?

How can a small (3-5 employees) brick and mortar/e-commerce B2C retailer survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive market (outdoors/sports products) when it cannot compete on price? Any good examples of small companies doing just that? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Apr 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Can grocery re-stocking enter a positive feedback loop?

I buy more of a product that is often out of stock. If others do this, won't that tend to make stock fluctuate more? Do retail inventory systems try to damp this effect? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Apr 10, 2013 - 7 answers

The Art of Departure Or, How to Quit My Job.

I'm moving from one retail job to another. Which is easy, except for the mild emotional entanglement. How do I pull my hand out of the tiger's mouth? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Apr 3, 2013 - 27 answers

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