Square Blocks Gun Retailers from Using its Mobile Payment System
May 15, 2013 9:30 AM
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It says the current gun debate has nothing to do with it
There's a lot of controversy surrounding the use of guns these days, and it's even starting to show in the retail sector as Square announces that gun retailers can't use its services.
Square, the San Francisco-based
mobile payment startup
, has announced a change to its terms that says gun retailers cannot use its technology. The exact terms block sales of firearms, firearm hardware, ammunition and parts. It also forbids sales of weapons and "other devices designed to cause physical injury."
Square said its revised terms have nothing to do with the current gun debate.
“From time to time, we revisit our policies governing the use of Square to ensure they are in the best interests of our customers,” said a Square spokesman.
Square isn't the first to snub guns. For instance, General Electric (GE) said it won't provide financing to gun retailers anymore.
While many companies are looking to either take a stance on the gun debate or just be more sensitive about the topic in general, it seems odd that Square is choosing to block out guns.
According to Southwick Associates, a research firm that studies the hunting and shooting industry, only about 30 percent of firearms are distributed to big retail chains like Wal-Mart while the other 70 percent are sent to smaller stores -- and Square aims to spread the use of its cash register-free mobile payment system in small stores like these.
What do you think? Is Square's decision to axe gun retailers a good idea?
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5/15/2013 9:47:29 AM
I think it's kinda silly that these types of services try to block certain sectors like firearms from being affiliated with their operations. Virtually every American who is paying taxes has a portion of that money go towards buying military weapons to help throttle unwanted adversaries both domestic and abroad.
They don't mind people burying themselves in debt with credit cards that can be pulled out and used anywhere but someone trying to use their system for legal gun sales (ie trade show) are forbidden...
I'm not familiar with how square works but how would someone know that it is being used for a gun purchase if they just don't disclose that?
Kill em all, good day sirs.
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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