grocery shopping in the UK

Apr 2nd, 2007, 06:21 PM
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grocery shopping in the UK

Can someone tell me if grocery stores in the UK accept credit cards at the checkout? Or is it still cash only?
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Apr 2nd, 2007, 09:45 PM
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Chains all accept credit cards, and give cashback on debit cards. At one of my local stores in the depths of the countryside, they even accept your fingerprint.

Note though that many small independent convenience stores require a minimum (often as high as £10) for plastic and want cash for transactions any smaller. This is particularly true round central London's tourist ghettoes, where supermarket chains are thin on the ground.
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Apr 2nd, 2007, 11:50 PM
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Good lord, we really are the Boondocks aren't we Patty? ;-)

Yes you can use your cards. In fact it is very rare to see anyone using cash now instead of a debit card.

You'll need (or at least find life a lot easier) with a 'chip and pin' card.
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Apr 3rd, 2007, 12:31 AM
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"Or is it still cash only?" That must have been a long time ago. Yes, you can use your credit card, and it doesn't have to be chip & pin. Just ask the check-out to swipe the card, and you sign as anywhere else.

Many of the big supermarkets have no-fee ATMs at the front of the store as well. Watch out at the small convenience stores, though. Often their ATMs charge a fee for withdrawals.

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Apr 3rd, 2007, 02:13 AM
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Now someone remind me what is a grocery store ;-)

What you will find is supermarkets, mini markets (say attached to petrol stations) or just on the high street with the same names as the big 4, a few local mini-markets, single product stores (bread, fruit & veg, etc) and also open markets. The open markets will need cash
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Apr 4th, 2007, 02:15 PM
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Yes, everybody takes credit cards, but they do have something new called a "chip" in their cards. I believe it's a security measure instituted in the last few years. So on my recent trip I just got in the habit of telling all the cashiers "it doesn't have a chip" as I handed over my credit card so they would know what to do with it. Many restaurants had nifty little portable credit card swipe machines but they had to do something different with our cards.
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Apr 4th, 2007, 02:45 PM
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Right - if you're American, your credit card most likely doesn't have the "chip" that makes European cards "chip and PIN." So instead of swiping it yourself, you'll have to hand it to the cashier to swipe. Most all the cashiers will know what's going on, and if they don't, their supervisor will.
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Apr 4th, 2007, 05:07 PM
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I have always used my credit card, no problem, except sometimes they have to search around for a pen (as it's not needed for the chip-and-PIN credit cards that the UK residents use.) You can expedite this by having a pen ready (useful also in other stores/restaurants.)
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Apr 5th, 2007, 04:48 AM
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John Lewis does not accept credit card (takes debit cards), though they are a department store, not supermarkets.

Tesco/Asda/Sainsbury/Somerfield/M&S/ Waitrose definitely do take C/C. Dunno about Iceland/Aldi/Lidl/Morrison but guess they do.

Aside from that, note short trading hours on Sundays.
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Apr 5th, 2007, 06:48 AM
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John Lewis accepts Visa and Mastercard plus debit cards.
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Apr 5th, 2007, 07:36 AM
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I guess you are all aware about not letting people swipe the card twice and keeping the spare certificate and all those scams
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Apr 5th, 2007, 07:42 AM
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Credit card scams in John Lewis?

Like Mother Theresa smuggling cocaine.
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Apr 5th, 2007, 02:37 PM
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It's M&S that doesn't take credit cards, isn't it (though you can finally use a debit card now 8-) )
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Apr 5th, 2007, 02:38 PM
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I've used credit cards at M&S many a time.
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Apr 5th, 2007, 02:40 PM
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No. M+S not only take plastic, but many larger branches even take soft currency.
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Apr 6th, 2007, 12:57 AM
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M&S even has its own credit card.
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