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Shopping With Credit-Card Readers Attached to Smartphones
Posted By Suzie Mitchell On November 12, 2013 @ 2:27 pm In The Download | Comments Disabled
If my friend Beth’s recent holiday buying is any indication, shoppers are in for a more-connected experience. Last week, my 82-year-old buddy wanted to buy a platter at her church bazaar. She was met with a “newfangled credit-card” gadget.
â€śThe salesgirl told me to slide my credit card through a little square thing attached to her phone,â€ Beth told me.Â â€śShe said it was safe, I did it, I hope it was ok.â€
But instead of using a pen to sign your name, you use your finger.Â No paper receipts eitherâ€”those are e-mailed to you.
Youâ€™ll even see them attached to sales clerks’ tablets in department stores like Kohlâ€™s . Â Shoppers will be able to scan their Kohlâ€™sÂ loyaltyÂ cards to earn points like they can at Starbucks.
More in-store mobile reward signups
Youâ€™ll undoubtedly be met with requests asking you to activate the storeâ€™s online rewards program on your smartphone .
If you prefer avoiding mall crowds and shopping from your desktop youâ€™ll be in good company.Â Emarketer  reports that more than 70 percent of Boomers and older adults regularly shop online.
Recently, Amazon started aÂ site  called the 50+ Active Healthy and Living Store for digital users.Â So at home or in a physical store, youâ€™ll likely be part of the connected holiday shopping season.
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