My two (private) Clubs are cash/check and checks are preferred...the publicly run places take all methods of payment as they run like a normal,full-time business with employees there to take payments. The fees for rounds and ammo is,of course,much higher.
In this area (Wash,DC) we are fortunate to have two very nice public ranges so newcomers to the sport can " get their feet wet " with a rental gun and hopefully get "hooked".
Paul in Virginia
I think it depends on the area and type of customers that a club has. Most of the clubs I shoot at take CC payment and I sure see a lot of people making electronic payment. It's all about customer service. Happy customers spend more money & spend more frequently.
The primary club I belong to takes CC, has for years now.
We were probably one of the first to do so in the area.
The extra income more than makes up for the CC fee, people may run short on cash by the end of the day but they always have their card (give me a box of shells, give me another couple tokens, ect because they are having fun and want to keep shooting, otherwise they'd pack up and go home because they'd run out of whatever).
People don't think twice about swiping the plastic like they do handing out dollar bills.
Hell, we had one guy come down, buy a life membership on CC, which I think was $500 at the time, and never came back again, ended up dying a couple years later, so the $ from that alone covered the CC fee for the next 17 grand run through the CC machine.
At two clubs no.
At the third kinda/sorta - you pay $100 up front for an access card, you can put that on a credit card, but until you leave it is only a reserve/pending on the card.
Each "round" allows up to 27 throws.
If you shoot enough rounds to go over the $100 you go back and start over, otherwise they refund the balance when you leave.
You can probably load up the card with more than $100 before you start.
I have never done that, maybe coaches do.
$100 is the default "deposit to shoot" on the access card, even if you bring cash.
Ammo sales are separate transactions, I bring my own because I am CHEAP - - cheep cheep.
I see that below this thread the "similar threads" listing shows a topic about credit card imprinters.
I have seen a couple of them at one of the clubs I shoot at, they are in the "tossed aside" area.
At least one of my current credit cards doesn't have any raised characters, so those things are close to useless.
Hmmm, the days of card rubbing and getting a carbon copy, then a month or two before the physical statement came in the physical mail box with another month or 6 weeks to pay it.
Now it is there in a few hundred milliseconds - and already PAID if you use a debit card.
CC Absolutely! Lot of shooters like to run a tab! Doing this they may shoot another round at our events. Then they cash out at end of the day, works well for both of us. Then on Monday nights we run upwards of 100 kids through for our youth team, many of them run plastic. We do tell them $10 minimum.
There are a lot of variables as to whether clubs should or should not go with credit/debit card use at their club.
For our local club, it was a no-brainer and we made the change to allow cards years ago. One of the smartest business decisions our club ever made. Increased our bottom line quite a bit, even after the expenses involved with setting this up.
We started about a year ago. We add the CC fee to their bill so no cost to us nobody seems to mind. I think we use the square swipe. We are near a vacation destination so we have a lot of one time visitors.