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Argument - Convert all Euros at home or get at ATMs in Greece

Old Aug 14th, 2005, 05:44 AM
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Let him do it his way. After the trip show him your bank statement showing the far better rate you got. There's nothing like losing money to make a lesson sink in.
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Old Aug 14th, 2005, 05:45 AM
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angy400: BarryK has a good point. I've never had a credit/ATM card demagnetize. But on two straight trips several London Transport travel cards demagnetized. After much detective work/fretting I worked out what was happening. I had a handbag w/ a couple of pretty strong magnetic closures and on one of the trips a bracelet w/ a magnetic clasp. Both came into direct contact w/ the travel card.

So if this "happens all the time" -- do you have any magnets you regularly carry or that your ATM card comes in contact w/?
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Old Aug 14th, 2005, 09:03 AM
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>..I am TERRIFIED my card will demagnitize (which happens all the time)

When I said that I should have made it clear mine has never done that however as I worked in a bank for many years I know it is a common occurence. I do keep my card in a cover.
However has anyone had a problem with their card not working for whatever reason, and if so what do you do then?
I am really nervous about being without money. Then I have read post about the problems now with charging and how many merchants are charging you in your own currency, instead of the country your in currency. I don't know if my spanish is good enough to be able to fight that!!
However I am going to be staying with relatives so if worse comes to worse they can give me money and I can send it back when I get home.

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Old Aug 14th, 2005, 09:54 AM
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Yes, I have had my credit cards demagnitize. My own fault, however. Someone gave me a gift of a magnetic money clip/credit card holder. I use a magnetic money clip by choice, anyway. Not thinking, I transferred my cards and bucks to the new clip. Screwed up every one of my cards!

I, however, still use a magnetic money clip for bills only. I keep it in my right front pants pocket (pickpockets take note) and my credit cards in a separate folder in my right hip pocket.

Never had a problem since, with this much separation. Do you suppose the growing distance between my front and rear pockets as I age would help account for this?

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Old Aug 14th, 2005, 10:08 AM
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I think ATM's are the way to go for sure. I have used them in many many countries. But I have always left home with 2 cards from 2 different banks. It is always a good backup to have a second card just in case there is a problem either with your card or the bank computer system.
If you don't have a second bank, I suggest opening one in your home town and keeping money in there for travelling purposes .
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Matrexx - You're the one with the smarts. Make him turn over all his money to you, now and forever. (smile).

In regards to dead ATM cards: Make a deal with your travel companion that you'll bail each other out if a card goes flooey. Works better when you're married, of course, but as long as no one is bumping up against a credit limit or overdraft, it will buy you some time to make other arrangements for cash.

You should talk about this possibility before the trip though to make sure everyone is amenable.
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