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Can you still buy things with a card thats NOT chip and pin?

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Cies Wed 06-Aug-08 10:45:31

DH and I are going back to UK on a visit, and would like to use our credit card there. But, it's a Spanish one that doesn't have a chip.

Is it still possible to pay for things without a chip?

I have taken money out at a cashpoint before, but this time we're planning on buying lots grin and don't want the hassle of getting cash out each day.

CuckooClockWorkShy Wed 06-Aug-08 10:48:35

Sometimes the machines will request a signature,butthat's random apparently. So it is POSSIBLE.

TheDevilWearsPrimark Wed 06-Aug-08 10:53:30

I have been doing this for the last couple of days. I got a new card but am still waiting for my pin so I've just been signing. I've had no problems at all.

NotQuiteCockney Wed 06-Aug-08 10:54:12

Foreign cards can be used without a pin, from what I know. There's no way that British businesses are refusing the money of foreign visitors!

Cies Wed 06-Aug-08 10:55:38

Ok, that's reassuring.

I was wondering about the fact that it has no chip. Would it work in the new machines? Here in Spain they still swipe the magnetic strip.

Cies Wed 06-Aug-08 10:56:19

That's true NotQuiteCockney! No one's going to turn away business!

StormInanEcup Wed 06-Aug-08 10:56:51

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Cies Wed 06-Aug-08 13:07:53

Oh, no, I haven't. I'll do that now. Thanks!

unclefluffy Wed 06-Aug-08 13:12:03

We once had to take our business across the road because the staff in the shop were too young to remember what happens when your card hasn't got a chip! hmm We did explain, but they couldn't get their heads around it. Only happened once, though.

Cies Wed 06-Aug-08 13:15:37

grin unclefluffy!

Skramble Mon 11-Aug-08 00:59:54

Most of the machines have a slot to swipe the card or its on the till its self, you may encouter a few that can't or won't process your card, best to ask first before eating the 3 course special I suppose grin.

ghosty Mon 11-Aug-08 01:06:38

MY non chip and pin NZ credit card was refused a few times in a recent trip to the UK. It made me incandescant with rage and I stormed out of a chemist on one occasion. So, yes, some stupid businesses do turn away visitors' money angry. It was mainly in small shops that that happened. Some shops asked me for photo ID before getting my signature (which I was happy to supply).

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