With the technological advancements being currently experienced in the world, the risk of carrying large amounts of cash money has reduced largely. This is attributed to the emergence of credit cards and smart cards that store money electronically. This small cards contains information about the owner and the amount of money the person has in his/her bank account. The credit cards are mainly used for paying personal bills in stations where the cards are accepted. However, in many laundries these cards are not accepted. These could be because many of these machines were bought long before the credit card technology was introduced in washer and dryer machines. Lately, this technology has been embraced in laundry machines though not every person has used it yet. This text explores the use of credit card operated washer and dryer machines.
Carrying coins to the washing machines is a very tedious thing to do because one is required to carry very many coins to the coin-operated laundry machines especially when dealing with large loads of clothes. Fitting laundry machines with card readers is a great way through which profits can be increased because many customers are shying from carrying many coins to the laundry. The card machines are slowly becoming very popular to these customers who can’t carry much coins with them. These efforts of using credit/debit cards in laundries has made the whole process to be simplifies and time saving, as customers no longer need to queue in order to get cash. Customer also don’t need to wait for long before they can get the change that they need in coin-operated. Nowadays, about 30% of customers are making use of these cards in laundries while the remaining percentage use coins. In laundry rooms, add-value stations are available for clients to go online and add monetary value to their laundry payment cards by use of their credit or ATM cards.
With the increased levels of security and service convenience, these credit card operated washing and drying machines are significantly beneficial as compared to the coin operated washing and drying machines which are termed as traditional. Several manufacturers of these Laundry machines and those companies that make smart cards have been doing this business for more than decade now. Those who introduced these cards thinking that the coins will disappear were a bit wrong because these cards have had a very small impact in the laundry industry. This is mainly due to the charges that are attached to the use of such cards. These cards are also at high risks of being robbed because any thief will only need to get access to one machine, then after robbing the machine, he can easily get all the money. With coin operated washer and dryer machines, the robbers have to rob each of the machines present in that Laundromat. It is therefore clear that these machines are a bit risky, and their chances of being widely used are very low.