Chip Reader Help at Point of Sale

30 Oct


You may have noticed recently that some merchants except the chip on your credit card and some don’t. I happily discovered that one local retailer inserted a temporary plastic card in the slot that said “coming soon” rather than letting you guess. It’s never clear if the chip reader is activated o you need to stand there waiting for a moment until the cashier tells you whether or not its OK to swipe or insert your card. If you need to insert your credit card with a chip into the slot, make sure you snugly press the card into the slot or the transaction will fail.

I wish all the retailers used the method of blocking the credit card chip reader slot until it was activated to avoid confusion, but the good news is eventually all retailers will have it activated so you won’t have to be left wondering. What has your chip reader experience been?

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