Swipe and Tap Your Way to Faster In-person Sales

You asked for a faster way to collect card details at events and we heard you. Thanks to our friends at Stripe, there’s a new card reader that works directly with Big Cartel’s mobile apps.

If you’ve used Big Cartel for iOS or Big Cartel for Android at shows, festivals, or other events before, you know it packs some serious perks for in-person sales:

  • Inventory numbers stay accurate
  • Customer and order info all in one place
  • Product list already set up

With the app, you already have the bare essentials for selling right in your pocket. We think it’s pretty great, but sometimes you want something a little speedier than manually entering card numbers. That’s where Stripe Terminal and their new in-person card reader comes in.


Stripe has been a trusty payment processing option on Big Cartel for a while, and now they’ve added a card reader that works directly with Big Cartel apps via Bluetooth. No separate signup, no switching between apps, no dongles. And Stripe processes these sales for an even lower fee than your online orders, so more money stays in your pocket. We love that sort of thing.

To get set up to sell in person, download Big Cartel for iOS or Big Cartel for Android, connect Stripe to your shop (if it’s not already), and order up a card reader of your own. Right now the card reader is available for US-based shop owners using an Android, iPhone, or iPad, but we’re working hard to expand that to more devices and locations.

Sarah Anderson

Marketing at Big Cartel. Loud talker, maker at City of Industry. Semi-professional aunt. Pretty psyched about all of it.

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