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by Ziks511 / November 18, 2012 6:59 AM PST

In the UK bank debit cards are accepted for on-line transactions for anything, just like Credit Cards. It makes perfect sense, they access the provider for an authorization, if there's enough money in the account, it goes through.

I hate Credit Cards, besides my wife trashed my credit. Why shouldn't everybody be able to use a debit card on-line just as they do in (I believe) most European countries? It would just be so damned convenient.

Ah well. c'est la vie.


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I've been using my debit card
by TONI H / November 18, 2012 7:46 AM PST

online for years now here in the US.......the checkout only asks for the credit card/debit card number, exp date and sometimes the CVA number on the back.... and sometimes if it's a Visa or MC....sometimes that's not needed because the number itself id's that info. I can't understand why Canada wouldn't have the same setup at their banks. I think I've only written four checks this entire year......I use my debit card everywhere I go now for gas, groceries, retail stores, etc. and make payments on my utilities online with it as well.

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I believe they do
by itsdigger / November 18, 2012 8:29 AM PST

My bank is a Canadian bank and I have always been able to use my debit card online , I live in Chicago

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I only use a debit card to withdraw cash
by Steven Haninger / November 18, 2012 8:30 AM PST

and I don't carry around nearly as much as I once did when I had to travel more. I use a credit card for larger purchases and I monitor the activity very closely on line. I've had two occasions of finding purchases made on my card that didn't come from myself or my wife. Whether these were accidental or deliberate, I don't know. One charge was for the purchase of 2 million valid email addresses....a spammer maybe? I was able to get bogus charges taken off my card very quickly. I just feel that credit is safer than debit for most things but there's no substitute for good self discipline when using plastic to make purchases.

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(NT) I can see your point about security Steven. Rob
by Ziks511 / November 18, 2012 10:35 AM PST
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Doesn't work here. Banks here don't allow it.
by Ziks511 / November 18, 2012 10:34 AM PST

Now in the US clearly faced with competition which does, Canadian banks do allow the use of Debit cards online.

Since I've been away so long, I was unaware of the situation in the US being different, and hadn't even thought to bring it up with any of the family when on the phone.

Ah well. One of the prices of living in Canada, and that shows how minimal they are.

Thanks to Toni H and Digger for their responses.


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