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Why were you watching your balance shrink instead of calling your bank and cancelling the card the second you realized it was gone?  In most cases banks won't hold you responsible for any theft on your credit or debit card.  Did you contact them about their policy related to card theft?

Any American who travels abroad should have an Visa/Mastercard ATM & Debit card.  If you take dollars and hope to change them you're going to pay massive fees at a bank or get ripped off wholesale at a foreign currency exchange.

The banks computer system recognized something was wrong and froze my account.
Of course I called the customer service number, but they had just closed.
So I had the fun of watching my account take three big hits as web banking updated.

Yes the bank credited my account. What pissed me off was no call, message or warning.
Luckily I found out while at the grocery store. Later this week, I am taking a 900 mile trip to see family. Can you imagine being stuck, unable to fill up, because the bank froze your card with out warning, even though you have plenty of money in your account?

I will be carrying my credit card now (still don't want to use it), probably not use my debit card at all, and primarily useing cash. And go back to carrying an energency hidden $100 bill.
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post #42 of 48
They're following the footsteps of JCP. Keep an eye on JCP. With Ron Johnson @ the helm they'll be the new leaders of retail in short order.
post #43 of 48
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Oh, and btw, I do have credit (used in very rare cases), and probably a high credit score than (almost) everyone on this board.  But when you come to realize that all plastic transactions are feeding large database profiles of your habits, whereabouts and general personality traits, then you realize how filthy credit cards are. The tiny convenience they provide over cash, 99% of the time, is a drop in the bucket compared to what we are throwing away.

I can't see carrying around enough cash to buy a MBP and I'm sure Apple would not appreciate you bringing a shopping bag full of cash to buy it. You can't order online with cash. Carrying a wad of cash will just get you mugged in many cities. Most banks won't let you change 20s for hundreds due to drug dealer money laundering issues. And as mentioned by another poster, you can't travel without credit cards. Hell you can't even make a plane reservation without a credit card. 

 

If you are worrying about your privacy, you should realize that if you live in a modern western society you already have a full profile so adding that you bought a meal at a fast food outlet or a new pair of jeans isn't going to make much difference is it? In places like the UK there are surveillance cameras on every street corner. Your life is an open book. Why worry about it?

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post #44 of 48

Use of an iPad for POS interaction doesn't preclude access to a cash drawer for cash transactions. Even my local independent coffee shop has that figured out without a problem.

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then you realize how filthy credit cards are.

Credit cards are also allot harder to stamp for Where's George, and you never get any hits....
post #46 of 48
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When I meant that cash is filthy, I meant it literally. 

 

I'd rather not handle cash money that has been passed around between countless fingers and god knows how many dirty people, money which contains germs, bacteria, diseases and other nice surprises. There have been numerous tests done where random dollars were collected and some of them even had the influenza virus on them. I don't have the time to be sick in bed with the flu.

 

I also don't mind that there is a record of my purchases being kept, as I find it convenient to be able to check up on all of my purchases online. If I were a mass murdering serial rapist on the run from the law with something to hide, then I could see why somebody might want to stick to cash only. You can either choose to join the present day or continue to live in the past, because cash is disappearing in this increasingly e-commerce world.

 

Late to get back to this thread, but what the heck.

 

I never would have guessed you were the germ-phobe type, but I respect that more than the less literal interpretation, so that's cool.  Although, like the other commenter said, there's always Purell.

 

As for cash-users having something to hide, that's such a tired old response.  A society where everyone's habits, likes, dislikes, real-time whereabouts (and likely whereabouts at any given time), their social graphs, what they purchase, etc. are all tracked and monitored isn't "the present day" it's a dystopia.  It's the disastrous future portrayed in lots of bad sci-fi movies because it's something that we should fear as a society, not value for its convenience.

 

Fortunately, cash isn't going to disappear in our lifetimes (although certainly decreased as a percentage), there have been many articles and discussions on this topic.

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post #47 of 48
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I can't see carrying around enough cash to buy a MBP and I'm sure Apple would not appreciate you bringing a shopping bag full of cash to buy it. You can't order online with cash. Carrying a wad of cash will just get you mugged in many cities. Most banks won't let you change 20s for hundreds due to drug dealer money laundering issues. And as mentioned by another poster, you can't travel without credit cards. Hell you can't even make a plane reservation without a credit card. 

 

If you are worrying about your privacy, you should realize that if you live in a modern western society you already have a full profile so adding that you bought a meal at a fast food outlet or a new pair of jeans isn't going to make much difference is it? In places like the UK there are surveillance cameras on every street corner. Your life is an open book. Why worry about it?

 

I like most of your posts in general, but there are so many inaccuracies here I need to hit them point by point.

 

Yes, Apple will certainly let you pay for a computer with cash.  Been there, done that.  It's not a big deal at all.  The only thing they complain about is that they really, really want your name and email address so they can get you into their database (and that doesn't depend on your method of payment), but you can politely refuse.  One time when the employee was persistent enough to be annoying I just made something up.  It's not like they're going to check.

 

Can't purchase online with cash, true enough.  Sometimes inconvenient, but not a huge deal to me.

 

Carrying a wad of cash will not get you mugged.  This is a common urban myth.  Walking around bad areas with your head down, not paying attention to your surroundings will get you mugged regardless of whether or not you carry cash.  The thing is, because so many people don't carry enough cash to make mugging worthwhile, unless you flash a wad of cash around, no one knows!  You are no more (or less) a target because you have cash in your pocket, because no one knows.  Granted, this means that other people's use of plastic provides me with a small benefit in this way.

 

I'm not sure why anyone would want to exchange large quantities of 20s for 100s (or vice versa) unless they were actually involved in some kind of laundering or other illegal activity.  So that's actually a good thing in my book.  Merely withdrawing cash on a weekly basis for general expenses is not going to get turned down or put you on a watch list.

 

As for traveling without a credit card?  Yes, that's completely doable as well.  Been there done that, including overseas.  Reserving the flight itself is another story (it is possible without a card, but probably not worthwhile in most cases, even for me).  I just don't want to see a statement like that passed on as fact, when it's not.  I do believe for certain kinds of trips, like visiting 7 countries in Europe, that it would be too much hassle.  But to travel around the U.S., or to visit one country for a couple weeks, it's not a problem at all to do without using cards.

 

As for having a "full profile", what does that mean?  If it means you have a SSN and pay taxes, that's no problem, it's a responsibility we have as citizens, and the fed gov't has many legal restrictions on use of that data.  If it means having your likes, dislikes, purchases, whereabouts, etc., tracked for commercial purposes, then regardless of what seems to be "the norm" for many people, don't you think that's already a really bad idea?  You say my life is an "open book", but you are wrong.  I know about the UK these days, and I would not choose to live there.  Some areas in the U.S. are trending that direction, and people are going to need to wake up and respond before it's too late.  There are unquestionably conveniences, but once this data is robust enough and universal enough, just wait to see all the downsides.  I've already written too much here now, so I won't get into this topic, but just read what's happening now and use your imagination.

 

Here's a question, if you're still reading.  What do you think about REQUIRING high school students to wear GPS tracking devices 24/7?  Article is here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/08/texas-school-district-rep_n_1949415.html


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post #48 of 48
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You have to use credit in order to build credit, so I fail to understand how you went about securing a credit score that is higher than anyone on this board by building credit in only 'very rare cases'.
Getting Saturday off to a good start with the bold and ignorant assertions...

 

Sorry, but you make presumptions and therefore it's YOUR statements that are ignorant.

 

I didn't say I've never used credit.  I used it enough when young to build a profile that would make most people jealous.  Melgross perhaps being an exception. ;-)  Buying property and making good investments over a long period of time helps as well. 

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