Will this replace the Tip Jar?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by hdracer, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I think this is a good idea for the smaller venues. It's a lot classier than a tip jar and eayser for people to offer something without walking up to the stage.
    What are your thoughts?

  2. T Bassman

    T Bassman

    Dec 13, 2010
    This makes way too much sense! Hope other venues/restaurants adopt this as well. Totally agree it's not only classier but will likely yield more money for the artist if the patron can pay all at once. Not to mention, who carries cash on hand anymore? This is much better than a pocketful of loose change and a couple small bills:)
  3. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I like the idea, every venue should start doing this.
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  4. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    would be up to the descretion of club owner, but I wouldnt turn it down.
  5. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    You'd be relying on the venue to pay up.
  6. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    I would rather use a jar. I would imagine a chunk of bar owners would need to take a "processing fee."
  7. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    It can also be used by the venue to offset the cost of live music, and that is a good things for bands.
    Live music venues are dieing and we need all the help we can get.
    If it does go to the band, all the club manager and BL has to do is go to his POS terminal and see what the amount is with a click of their mouse. Much better than someone at the door collecting a cover charge.
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  8. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    I'm sorry. Your idea is clever, logical, and innovative. It'll never fly.:cool:
  9. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Interesting. Do you think the jar would encourage people to tip more or the slip? I'm thinking the jar. They drop in a few bucks but with the slip who will ever know if I don't give the band a dime? But I can see how this is more convenient.
  10. I'd rather be paid a decent amount to begin with and dispense with the tip jar/equivalent altogether. 'Course, if somebody wants to buy the band a round ...
  11. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    when you think of how musicians have been ripped off historically, i'll take the tip jar and collect the money personally
  12. mikefromchurch

    mikefromchurch Guest

    Jan 23, 2014
    Who says the terminal is a POS?! ohhhhhh point of sale, I thought something else.

    This would be good in that a lot of times people with cash tend to be more aware of how much they are spending, where a card receipt is just a number they write down. Likely could lead to bigger pay days :D
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  13. MVE


    Aug 8, 2010
    This makes me think having a kickstarter or paypal set up for tips that you could plug during a show wouldn't be such a bad idea. I bet there would be at least a few people out there willing to say, "What the hell?, these guys are great. I'm gonna send them $5"
  14. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Istanbul...not Constantinople Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    I hate to by cynical, but I could easily see club managers fudging how the funds are allocated (moving the band tip to the host tip section in POS) in order to make more money. I'd be more inclined to go with tip jar or Square CC scanner at the merch table, with someone you trust manning it. I hear so many horror stories about venue owners, I wouldn't trust them with a marshmallow gun.
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  15. Dogbertday

    Dogbertday Commercial User

    Jul 10, 2007
    SE Wisconsin
    Blaine Music LLC
    I hear you. At least if he shorts you this way though there's a trail and physical receipts. Trusting the bouncer at the door to collect from regulars though....
  16. jeff5311


    Jan 27, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    The tips wouldn't have to go to the band. The band would get paid a set amount, but the bar owner would keep the "tips" to offset the cost of the band.

    This would keep everyone honest.

    Such a simple idea. I'd love to see it happen.
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  17. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Istanbul...not Constantinople Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    True, this is a step closer to something fair.
  18. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    I would be far more likelier to tip, since I rarely have extra cash on me, but I always have a credit/debit card.
  19. wideload


    Apr 15, 2004
    Salinas, CA
  20. It looks like a great idea, however can you trust the venue to give you all the tip money. Chances are they will skim a nice chunk for themselves and you will never know it. I see this happening in restaurants, where the wait staff is screwed out of a good part of their tip money all the time by greedy owners and managers. :):cool::bassist: