Inside the Q-Card System
Quinnipiac University issues a student ID card to each student. This card is virtually a passport to life here in Hamden and on campus itself. According to Q-Card offices. Quinnipiac Students swipe their Q-Cards more than four million times each year. Many off campus locations accept Q-Cards as a method of payment.
Jay, owner of Whitney Gulf and Eros Deli says about 30 percent of his business is generated from Q-Card use. Although it seriously impacts his establishment, he has strong dislikes for the system. He claims the machines are always slow and often prompt a “transaction failed” message. Thusly, he has been forced to manually write down every individual Q-Card number and the amount charged, he then goes back and charges the cards at a later time. Krauzers, on the corner of Whitney Avenue and Skiff Street also has similar issues. However, once the “transaction failed is prompted” they insist on another method of payment.
Corner Deli, on the corner of Evergreen and Dixwell has also been experiencing problems with their Q-Card machines. These new machines cost upwards of nearly a thousand dollars and they’re slow and unreliable. The Q-Card system charges merchants 11 percent for each transaction, these percentages are unheard of, even for major credit card companies.
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Q-Cards seem to be all about convince, but that is deceiving. An anonymous source says he allows people to take cash out of their Q-Card accounts at his business, however, he charges an extra 20 percent when he gives cash back! This is something that went unnoticed to students for quite some time. This begs the question: are Q-Cards really as convenient as we all believe them to be?