Oyster Deposit no longer required?

Jun 17th, 2007, 09:00 AM
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Oyster Deposit no longer required?

I heard that the 3 pound (I know there is a way to make the British pound symbol with an American keyboard but I don't know what it is) deposit for Oyster is no longer being collected. Does anyone else know? Thanks.
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Jun 17th, 2007, 09:02 AM
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Do you remember where you heard that? As far as I know, the £3 deposit is waived if you load a 7-day Travelcard on your Oyster - but not cash for PAYG.

The £ symbol is produced by typing £ (note the ending semicolon).
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Jun 17th, 2007, 09:12 AM
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I tried £ with no luck. Using Microsoft word, you can find the £ sign using insert, symbol. I can't figue out how to use it here. I don't guess an L would suffice?
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Jun 17th, 2007, 09:15 AM
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Jun 17th, 2007, 09:16 AM
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Thanks Robes, I have been wondering about that one.

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Jun 17th, 2007, 09:19 AM
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In Windows, hold down the Alt key and type 0163 on the number pad: £
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Jun 17th, 2007, 09:34 AM
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Windows Alt sequences may or may not render properly on all browsers, or with all codepages.

The HTML codes like € do.
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Jun 17th, 2007, 11:59 AM
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I read the following quote from a traveler on the Rick Steves website: "OYSTER CARDS! They don't make you register and pay a deposit anymore. Go into the Tube Station and tell them for how many days, in how many Zones and they "Top Off" the cards and you GO! We got a 7 day card in Zones 1-2 for 23.40 (pounds) and used it like crazy day and night." Now that I've re-read this, it sounds like the person writing it actually got a 7-day travelcard loaded on an Oyster, and just didn't understand that was what they were getting.

Now let's try to get that pound symbol - let's see:

(Trying alt 0163): £ Yay!!! Why such an arcane bunch of numbers, I wonder.

£ doesn't seem to work...


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Jun 17th, 2007, 12:01 PM
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Guess it did work after all! But not until after I'd posted. £ £ £ !!!
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Jun 17th, 2007, 12:37 PM
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GBP is normally used if you don't have access to the £ symbol

Plus it differentiates between all the other £ used throughout the world
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Jun 17th, 2007, 06:59 PM
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We purchased PAYG Oyster Cards last month and we had to pay the 3 GBP per card. It's only waived if you buy a 7 day travel card.
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Jun 17th, 2007, 10:04 PM
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We paid the 3£ deposit last month (we had PAYG Oysters), but got it back when we cashed in our cards at Heathrow two weeks later. Maybe we got lucky because I wasn't able to turn in our cards before we left London?

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Jun 18th, 2007, 03:57 AM
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I bought 2 Oyster cards last month for my parents, and I had to pay 3 pounds each time. I then instantly got the deposits and the remaining money back when I turned them in.
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