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Dutchess_III's avatar

Why don't they make credit card readers so that they read in every way you may insert your card?

Asked by Dutchess_III (38189points) January 23rd, 2018

Sonic is especially bad. I have to swipe 13 different ways until I hit on the one side it will read. Part of the problem is that I’m trying to swipe from inside my car. When I get out to swipe it’s much more fluid and I’m more likely to get results right away.

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thisismyusername's avatar

Swiping cards has been almost completely eliminated here in MA. It’s all chip readers or Android/Apple pay. I suspect the swipe will be eliminated there soon.

rojo's avatar

I would settle for a little consistency in how you hold your card. I feel the same way about phone chargers, damn the proprietary cords. Standardize! You bastards!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Got notification from my bank that it will change on Feb 1 and cards without a chip won’t work. Around here several companies still use the swipe method.

Brian1946's avatar

From what I’ve seen here in the Los Angeles area, the only devices that still use swipe readers are gas pumps.

I haven’t noticed what kind of readers are used by the restaurants where I go.

KNOWITALL's avatar

In Missouri, we do chips, swipes and phones. I have the feeling we’ll all move to smart phones and eliminate any cards, checks, etc… May the govt overreach/ privacy violation conversations continue.

flutherother's avatar

My card is contactless and doesn’t have to be inserted.

ragingloli's avatar

It would require additional sensors, which would increase manufacturing costs.

johnpowell's avatar

The store I go to everyday just put up a sign that it will be only chip and pin soon. Luckily my cards already have chips.

But the few times I have used the chip thing it has been a mess. We are talking a minute+ to process the thing and the UI is a nightmare.

Unless they fix this shit and provide a consistent UI I am going to go back to cash.

And yeah Europe and Canada. I know you have this working well so nobody needs to hear about how awesome you are.

Dutchess_III's avatar

It’s not really a minute. Seems like it though.

kritiper's avatar

Increased expense, like @ragingloli said.

ragingloli's avatar

@johnpowell
Well, we are exceptionally awesome.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Chip readers I use are not slow anymore. I do remember the ones at Target were slow when new.

I think some gas pumps swipe two ways. As long as the magnetic strip is at the top.

RocketGuy's avatar

Set up Apple Pay / Google Pay on your phone – it is 10x faster than the chip reader, and just as fast as the magnetic swipe.

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