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Shopping With Credit-Card Readers Attached to Smartphones
Posted By Suzie Mitchell On November 12, 2013 @ 2:27 pm In Money & Savings,Technology | 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.
“The salesgirl told me to slide my credit card through a little square thing attached to her phone,” Beth told me. “She said it was safe, I did it, I hope it was ok.”
But instead of using a pen to sign your name, you use your finger. No paper receipts either—those are e-mailed to you.
You’ll even see them attached to sales clerks’ tablets in department stores like Kohl’s . Shoppers will be able to scan their Kohl’s loyalty cards to earn points like they can at Starbucks.
More in-store mobile reward signups
You’ll undoubtedly be met with requests asking you to activate the store’s online rewards program on your smartphone .
If you prefer avoiding mall crowds and shopping from your desktop you’ll be in good company. Emarketer  reports that more than 70 percent of Boomers and older adults regularly shop online.
Recently, Amazon started a site  called the 50+ Active Healthy and Living Store for digital users. So at home or in a physical store, you’ll likely be part of the connected holiday shopping season.
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