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IowaCowboy
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Soda machine won't take debit cards

I had both me and my mother's (with her permission of course) debit cards (both issued by Berkshire Bank and they have the MasterCard logo on them) and I went to buy a soda out of a vending machine at a local hospital and I swiped the cards in the ePort reader on the machines and it would not take them despite both accounts having sufficient funds in them. I ended up swiping a Sears MasterCard (issued by Citi) credit card (that I avoid using unless I'm renting a car) and it worked.

My question is why would a card decline even if there is funds available and the machine says it accepts MasterCard. I'm buying a $1.50 soda, not renting a luxury car. I've also had this happen with the ePort readers on the vending machines at Holyoke Mall. Is this an ePort issue or an issue with my bank.

I remember a can of soda being 55 cents when I was a kid.
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Xioden
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It's likely just the bank/card processor flagging the transaction as possibly being fraudulent.

I ran into this at one point while traveling. It can be distance related (if the machine was moved from a location further away and never updated it could be showing up as a transaction attempt from somewhere further away. A call to the bank can clear it up in those cases usually.


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reply to IowaCowboy

said by IowaCowboy:

I remember a can of soda being 55 cents when I was a kid.

I remember a bottle of soda costing 5 cents. Bubble gum 3 for a penny and a candy bar 5 cents ,,,,,,

Dad remember when a White Castle was a nickel


footballdude
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said by kherr:

said by IowaCowboy:

I remember a can of soda being 55 cents when I was a kid.

I remember a bottle of soda costing 5 cents. Bubble gum 3 for a penny and a candy bar 5 cents ,,,,,,

Dad remember when a White Castle was a nickel

My Dad used to tell me when he was a kid he'd go to the movies with a quarter. Five cents to get in and see a double feature. Five cents for popcorn and five cents for an ice cream cone. He'd get one for each movie.

When I was a kid (in the 60s), there was nothing in the candy store that cost more than a quarter. Most stuff was a dime.
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Carpie

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reply to IowaCowboy

It's probably something with the account. What's the card number and expiration date?



IowaCowboy
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said by Carpie:

It's probably something with the account. What's the card number and expiration date?

I ain't going to give the card number but I will say that the cards are NOT expired.


hitachi369
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reply to IowaCowboy

Mastercard Debit is not allowed at our vending machines, something to do with the processing and fees. We can use Mastercard credit or Visa debit/credit AMEX or Discover.



Carpie

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reply to IowaCowboy

said by IowaCowboy:

said by Carpie:

It's probably something with the account. What's the card number and expiration date?

I ain't going to give the card number but I will say that the cards are NOT expired.

Lol. Good man.

broccoli

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said by hitachi369:

something to do with the processing and fees.

This.

Small-Ticket Retailers Squeezed By High Transaction Fees


newview
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reply to kherr

said by kherr:

said by IowaCowboy:

I remember a can of soda being 55 cents when I was a kid.

I remember a bottle of soda costing 5 cents. Bubble gum 3 for a penny and a candy bar 5 cents ,,,,,,

Dad remember when a White Castle was a nickel

I remember when gas was 19¢ a gallon. I used to cut lawns for a $1.00 and carried a 1 gallon gas can. I'd get a gallon of gas & a soda for a quarter.


Bogden
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reply to IowaCowboy

I remember when doobage was $20 USD a lid.



TheGeeze
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kherr See Profile
I remember a bottle of soda costing 5 cents. Bubble gum 3 for a penny and a candy bar 5 cents ,,,,,,

We must be about the same age
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chrisretusn
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reply to IowaCowboy

Credit Card to buy a soda in a soda machine? LOL

We don't even have soda machines were I live. I here the have them in Manila though. Cash is king here, leave to Master Card at home.
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ohh

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San Jose, CA
reply to IowaCowboy

Here in Cali it is cash or coins. Credit or debit wut?

Also, say thanks to your friendly government and friendly big business for all your money being devalued.



Mr Neutron
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said by chrisretusn:

Credit Card to buy a soda in a soda machine? LOL

When you think about it, a vending machine accepting credit cards is a huge advantage for the consumer if the vending machine does not dispense the product as promised.

Alas, I cannot do a chargeback with cash.

Of course, this raises the question: do the vending machine companies jack up the prices across the board to help compensate for the interchange fees incurred by purchasers who use credit cards? Or do they believe that having their vending machines accept credit cards will make for higher sales volumes and, therefore, choose to simply eat the interchange fees as part of the cost of doing business?

ETA: Ah, never mind:

Other retailers that deal mostly in small-dollar amounts have also been impacted. DVD-rental company Redbox announced last year it was raising rental prices from $1 to $1.20, citing "the recent increase in debit card interchange fees as a result of the Durbin Amendment."

I would be very surprised if the vending machine folks did not take the same route.

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old_tech
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reply to IowaCowboy

Because it is a debit card, along with the rules of use have changed, thanks to Senator Durbin of Illinois.

I cannot use either my wife's or my debit card at the local car wash, but can use the credit card.

There really are more thing to worry a out in life, than if a vending machine will not take a debit card for a transaction.



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I was able to use the ePorts when I was with TD Bank as they had a Visa logo on their debit cards. My current bank (Berkshire Bank) uses MasterCard on their cards. TD Bank got to expensive with fees so I went with a local bank that I've done business with before.



Carpie

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reply to Bogden

said by Bogden:

I remember when doobage was $20 USD a lid.

Ah yes, a marijuana reference. Welcome to the Age that all potheads thinks they should be classified as role models.


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reply to Carpie

said by Carpie:

It's probably something with the account. What's the card number and expiration date?

You forgot the security code.
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Sssshhhh! You're going to tip him off to the plan. You have to do these things in babysteps. Just let the string of the noose out a little at a time. Slowly... slowly...


coma9

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reply to Carpie

said by Carpie:

Ah yes, a marijuana reference. Welcome to the Age that all potheads thinks they should be classified as role models.

They're not trying to be rolemodels, they're trying to be thought of as better than drinkers. I'd rather my kids smoke pot than drink alcohol 100%. That's with only one or the other, obviously I'd rather neither.


Mittvok
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reply to Carpie

said by Carpie:

said by Bogden:

I remember when doobage was $20 USD a lid.

Ah yes, a marijuana reference. Welcome to the Age that all potheads thinks they should be classified as role models.

I don't think they view themselves as "role models" at all. Also, that's cheap weed.


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said by newview:

said by kherr:

said by IowaCowboy:

I remember a can of soda being 55 cents when I was a kid.

I remember a bottle of soda costing 5 cents. Bubble gum 3 for a penny and a candy bar 5 cents ,,,,,,

Dad remember when a White Castle was a nickel

I remember when gas was 19¢ a gallon. I used to cut lawns for a $1.00 and carried a 1 gallon gas can. I'd get a gallon of gas & a soda for a quarter.

I remember when gas was .89 for a gallon that was in 2000


cognizantt

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reply to kherr

Anyone remember mojos when they were 3 for a penny ?
As a real lil kid, 10c a week pocket money bought a good bag of them.



FutureMon
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reply to Carpie

I LOL'ed too when I saw you ask that...;)

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reply to Carpie

said by Carpie:

said by Bogden:

I remember when doobage was $20 USD a lid.

Ah yes, a marijuana reference. Welcome to the Age that all potheads thinks they should be classified as role models.

That is quit a leap...sheesh

Strange Data

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said by Mr Neutron See Profile
I would be very surprised if the vending machine folks did not take the same route.

Vending machines at my work accept credit/debit cards, and on the machines right by the card reader there is a notice that the price posted is the CASH price, and there is a $0.14 per $1 charge to use plastic

Oedipus

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reply to IowaCowboy

The first time I ever saw or ultimately used a vending machine with a credit card reader was during a recent trip to Las Vegas. Luckily I saw the machine in the hall when I was trying to find my room, because at 4AM after much debauchery/vomiting I really needed one of those three or five dollar bottles of Aquafina. All of my singles had been thrown by that point, of course, so thank god for that card reader.



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said by Oedipus:

The first time I ever saw or ultimately used a vending machine with a credit card reader was during a recent trip to Las Vegas. Luckily I saw the machine in the hall when I was trying to find my room, because at 4AM after much debauchery/vomiting I really needed one of those three or five dollar bottles of Aquafina. All of my singles had been thrown by that point, of course, so thank god for that card reader.

And considering that Vegas hotel, I'm sure you paid 3x what it should cost. I worked at Six Flags during the 2005 season and they got $3 for a bottle of soda in their vending machines when the market rate was$1.25
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Mr Neutron
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said by IowaCowboy:

And considering that Vegas hotel, I'm sure you paid 3x what it should cost. [emphasis mine] I worked at Six Flags during the 2005 season and they got $3 for a bottle of soda in their vending machines when the market rate was$1.25

Ah, but what an item "should" cost is relative.

Yes, compared to buying the same bottle of water at a grocery for $1.25, a bottle of water priced $3-$5 seems high. The thing is, the hotel is selling you the convenience of not having to leave the hotel along with the bottle of water.

As you noted, it's the same deal at amusement parks: the food costs so much because all their competition is outside the park.
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