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Why do credit card transactions take up to 3 days to appear, yet debit transactions are instant?

I noticed that when I use my credit card it takes up to 3 business days (even 5 days including weekends if I use it on a Thursday, I have to wait until Monday or Tuesday) for the transaction to appear ...
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2answers
157 views

How can a school club collect money using credit cards?

tl;dr- How can we legally accept credit cards (to our club bank account) without being able to become a legal entity? I'm an officer an officially-recognized student-run club at my university. I'd ...
8
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3answers
488 views

Why the different fees for credit and debit card payments?

Could somebody explain why the merchants are charged different fees when the customers use credit and debit cards?
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1answer
101 views

What are the limitations of prepaid payment cards (compared to credit cards)?

I am currently unable to get a credit card¹, but I wish to be able to buy goods from web stores, to buy airline tickets, to rent cars, hotel rooms, etc. Through my bank I only have a Member Card, ...
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Should I collect receipts after paying with a card?

I heard from some folks that it's wise to collect a receipt after you pay with a card. The reason they propose is that the merchant can theoretically charge your card again after you leave, and a ...
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1answer
55 views

Spending arrangements for a dependent student studying abroad

I live in the U.S., and my daughter will be starting college in England in the fall. She is financially dependent on us, has no credit history, and will not have a job while she's in college. We'll be ...
2
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1answer
153 views

Misspelled cardholders name: any official policy of MasterCard?

My bank issued a MasterCard debit card with a misspelled cardholder name. They promise that credit card regulations allow up to 3(?) letters to be misspelled in the name, but can't show an official ...
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3answers
2k views

Can merchants tell the difference between a credit card and embossed debit card?

I don't have a credit card, still some merchants (e.g. car rental companies) require a credit card to use their services. If I have an embossed debit card issued, may I be confident to use it when ...
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1answer
155 views

What can a customer do to reduce damage from a data breach?

A larger retailer admitted recently that hackers were able to steal credit and debit card data for about 40 million customers. Reports say that names, payment card numbers, expiration dates and ...
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4answers
209 views

Why hasn't public key encryption or one time password been introduced to battle online card fraud?

With all the identity theft and card fraud in the world. Even though some One time password measures have been put in place in the banking system where the cardholder verifies the transaction with a ...
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4answers
425 views

Automatically splitting payments between people

My girlfriend and I have decided that we want to split expenses 50/50 (or whatever ratio). Currently, we alternate payment, but that means that we have to remember who paid last time, how much, etc. ...
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2answers
2k views

Why I can't view my debit card pre-authorized amounts?

I have a Mastercard debit card. When I pay an amount of money, I can see (with more or less delay) how much I've paid, when, in favor of who, etc. Now the question is: why I can't see the ...
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1answer
2k views

What does the term alias mean in the context of payment cards?

What does the term alias mean in the context of payment cards? I understand it's somehow linked to a card number but what is its purpose?
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3answers
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U.S. credit/debit card for non-U.S. citizens to use on e-commerce sites to buy digital goods, e.g. ebooks?

I am neither a U.S. citizen nor resident there — I live in southeast Asia. I want to be able to buy Kindle ebooks on Amazon.com, and to shop on other U.S.-based e-commerce websites for digital ...
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2answers
1k views

What is the average value of a credit card or debit card transaction?

There are a plethora of statistics regarding credit card usage but what I can't seem to find is the the value of the average credit card (or debit card) transaction. Are such statistics provided by ...
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477 views

What's the difference when asked for “debit or credit” by a store when using credit and debit cards?

When purchasing something in a store with a credit card or a debit card, the cashier may ask "credit or debit"? I was wondering what the point is using a credit card in a "debit" way? How is it ...
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2answers
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Why is there a delay on credit card transactions showing up on my online statement?

If I make a purchase with my credit card there is a delay of a few days before it shows up on my online statement. If I make a purchase with my debit card it usually is displayed that day. Why the ...
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2answers
1k views

How much interest will I pay on my credit card?

I'm about to move to the US and I'm wondering: say I always keep an active balance and never overdraw/accumulate debt, will I still pay interest on my monthly expenses paid via credit card? For ...
2
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2answers
96 views

What is a good credit or debit card that offers a reward with each transaction in the US?

I am looking for a rewards card (credit or debit) where you can earn some number of cents (I've seen 10 or 20) per purchase that you charge to the card regardless of the amount. Something similar to ...
2
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2answers
124 views

Where to get prepaid stored value cards capable of having higher limits (e.g. $10,000)?

When I was drafting consumer protection guidelines for stored value cards, I heard there were cards that stored balances as high as $10,000. Yet, when I go to convenience stores, I only see stored ...
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4answers
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What to do with expired cards (credit, debit, insurance cards, …)

I wonder if it is safe to throw away expired cards (credit cards, debit cards, health insurance cards) with name and card/account/ID number as trash. Even if other people have them, will they be able ...
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10answers
2k views

Is it bad etiquette to use a credit or debit card to pay for single figure amounts at the POS

This question might be subjective, but I would like to listen to opinions, if possible. Ever since I got mugged on campus, I only carry enough cash to pay for bus travel. All other payments are made ...
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5answers
1k views

Is there a fee if you used your debit card as credit card?

Is there a fee if you used your debit card as credit card? I see people recommending to always run debit card transactions as credit. There is a similar question here as well: What does it mean to ...
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5answers
5k views

Pay online: credit card or debit card?

I have a credit card and a debit card. I could use both to pay online. Credit card is only a bit less convenient since I have to transfer the money back in the credit card account later. Is it safer ...
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4answers
7k views

What does it mean to run my debit card as credit?

I've been advised to (and have been) running my normal debit card transactions as "credit" transactions. What does this mean in terms of my security, the time a charge takes to settle, and the fees ...
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3answers
220 views

No-line-of-credit debit card?

Are there any "devices" that can be used to make on-line purchases like a credit or debit card but which will never have an attached line of credit? In particular what I want is a card that, when the ...
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5answers
861 views

Are cashiers required to check a credit card for a signature in the U.S.?

So on the back of many US credit and debit cards, there is a signature area that says something like "not valid unless signed." I notice many retailers and anyone who takes cards rarely ever checks ...