Originally Posted by withoutfear
We run a gym out of our church and are wanting to do credit card swipes through iPads for gym donations and smoothies bar purchases.
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. If your under $1500 a month in gross receipts, they are hard to beat. And their iPad app is really, really good! Smoothie bar purchases are quite different from donations. For donations, we just encourage people to go onto our web site - and that has worked well for us. Not a bad idea to put up a computer in the gym for easy on the spot access! Not sure I would want to leave an iPad floating around for that - but I would just do donations on your current website/donation interface and not worry about doing something unique for the gym, which the iPad should be able to handle too.
We have also begun switching to fellowship one from connection power for our church data entry which will also include online giving. I am curious if any of you use iPad kiosk with fellowship one for things like giving or kids check-in around your church and how does it work. I've read that while the use of ipads are possible, the hp tablet is suggested for fellowship one.
We just started using check in/out with our http://www.churchcommunitybuilder.com
membership. It depends on what you want to do. We are going "all in" and have barcode scanners with printers to print out labels. We ended up just going with full PC's set up as kiosks. The CCB folks recommended some good kiosk cabinets and it was pretty easy to set everything up. We went with the higher priced printers they recommend that have the integrated cutters because the labels themselves were much cheaper on a per-label cost - we figure the difference in price between them and the Dymo printers would be recouped within a year easy and so far they might pay back even sooner than anticipated (due to more labels being printed than anticipated). Plus the printers themselves were that much more sturdy (all metal construction) and should last allot longer than the plastic Dymo printers. Finally, with the integrated cutter we plan to eventually mount the printers inside the cabinets out of harms way - they can eject the labels through a slot cut into the cabinet pretty easy. It's on the to-do list