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VISA Declares War On Cash
July 13, 2017
3:38 pm
Nehpets
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Visa To Pay Businesses To Stop Accepting Cash

More articles on this story, search Google News with the term "VISA"

July 13, 2017
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This past week I have been mulling over going completely cashless and am pretty close to doing so. I am an avid user of Apple Pay for both credit and debit cards, liking both the security and anonymity that Apple Pay offers.

As for parts of Europe, there still are cities and businesses that just refuse to accept credit cards - a city like Berlin is slowly changing BUT cash is still king there.

July 13, 2017
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It would make my day for Canada to go cashless. No more searching for loonies for the Superstore carts either.

July 13, 2017
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I saw something a few years ago how Finlanders use their (Nokia) phone to buy everything, including from vending machines, and then they get one statement from the phone company at the end of the month itemizing all their purchases. Not sure how the politicians like it, no more meeting folks in hotel rooms to receive envelopes full of cash to be stashed in a safety deposit box.

July 13, 2017
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From Bloomberg

"In the most cashless society on the planet, even God now accepts digital payments.

A growing number of Swedish parishes have started taking donations via mobile apps. Uppsala’s 13th-century cathedral also accepts credit cards.

The churches’ drive to keep up with the times is the latest sign of Sweden’s rapid shift to a world without notes and coins. Most of the country’s bank branches have stopped handling cash; some shops and museums now only accept plastic; and even Stockholm’s homeless have started accepting cards as payment for their magazine. Go to a flea market, and the seller is more likely to ask to be paid via Sweden’s popular Swish app than with cash."

July 14, 2017
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AltaRed said
No more searching for loonies for the Superstore carts either.  

You can enjoy that benefit right now by using the keychain tokens Hubert sends to their deposit customers..sf-laugh

July 14, 2017
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Nehpets said

You can enjoy that benefit right now by using the keychain tokens Hubert sends to their deposit customers..sf-laugh  

How did you get one? I am a Hubert customer and my wife has hunted high and low for one 🙂

Ps.. My wife and I have been cashless when ever possible for the last 30 years.

July 14, 2017
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I've had those tokens before from a few different places. They get lost eventually, but point taken. I know Superstore uses the loonie concept to encourage people to put the cart back into the cart return rather than leaving them all over the parking lot. I've never understood how people can be so bloody lazy, but laziness is another topic.

Back on topic, I really like PayPass and its rivals but would like to see the upper limit doubled. It is getting annoying having to key in a PIN sometimes. Most stores prefer you use it, especially high volume places like Tim Hortons for any purchase.

I also love Esso's SpeedPass for fuel. Just tap the Tiger or SpeedPass symbol on the pump and away one goes. No CC required, no setting an upper limit, no punching in a PIN. Have been using it for 25 yrs or so (was originally a Mobil feature and Exxon kept it).

July 14, 2017
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Cranston said
How did you get one? I am a Hubert customer and my wife has hunted high and low for one 🙂
Ps.. My wife and I have been cashless when ever possible for the last 30 years.  

Just received it in the mail one day...maybe try calling and asking for one..or two!

Stephen

July 14, 2017
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Nehpets said

You can enjoy that benefit right now by using the keychain tokens Hubert sends to their deposit customers..sf-laugh  

They sent them out for a while not too long ago during their promo where they would give you a bonus for referring a new customer, but only to the new customer. They may not have any more of them; I don't know.

July 14, 2017
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AltaRed said

I also love Esso's SpeedPass for fuel. Just tap the Tiger or SpeedPass symbol on the pump and away one goes. No CC required, no setting an upper limit, no punching in a PIN. Have been using it for 25 yrs or so (was originally a Mobil feature and Exxon kept it).  

We've been getting Esso gift cards periodically from a grocery chain (I forget which one, but watch your flyers) and using them instead. We only buy them when there is a special deal for buying them, such as % off or AirMiles bonus. It cuts the price of gas by perhaps 5 or 10 %; I forget exactly; but it's worth our while as we don't always want to trek out to Costco.

Never buy more than you will use in a year (or maybe six months, depending), as you will start to lose too much on the money that you could have invested instead in the interim.

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