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Sidewinder and the Splendid Spreadsheets

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At some point, some years ago, I seemed to find it necessary to add a column to my spreadsheet to indicate if a transaction went through ApplePay or not.  I still haven't titled this column but it found other uses, like noting the "entry method" for non-ApplePay transactions (CHip, SWipe, OnLine, TeLephone, WaVe) or other payment relays, like PayPal (gross) or, these days for me, Samsung Pay.

 

In the interest of moving with the times, I tried that thing where you buy something "in-app" instead of at the retailer's website, and I'm not sure how or whether this needs denoting on the spreadsheet.  If I bought something at the Vitamin World in Maplewood, the 'merchant' field on my spreadsheet would read "Vitamin World #1631" but if I bought something online from them, the field would, easily enough, read "vitaminworld.com."

 

When I buy stuff at Target in Chaska, the sheet reads "Target Chaska" (or "Target #1352 when in green-screen view).  When I bought something via their website, I felt just fine about putting "target.com"

 

"Target.com" only has relevance within an http client, which ain't necessarily what a retailer's app is.  Now I'm confused about whether "Target App" should be a whole new merchant entity in my Database o' Merchants, or whether "Target" should be the entity and an additional field be added to denote which flavor of online business (website vs. app) is being used.

 

I don't know if I like adding new fields or not.

 

I'm already not crazy about that entry-method field being there.

 

It makes me feel almost like I'm weird or something.

 

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