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Old 14th May 2018, 19:30
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99.00 To Buy Fuel From Supermarkets

With reading the other day Asda was going to introduce a fixed 99.00 fee automatically on the self serving pumps. Whats brought this on after these years of self service pumps, if paying only by 30.00 on credit card and then that's what you will only get etc. Now the other supermarkets will follow suit and not before long the customers will get fed up of this and will pay in the kiosk which in turn will cause long delays and traffic ques. Just like the banks just to suit themselves!!
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Old 14th May 2018, 19:35
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Asda scraps 99 petrol station deposit charge after complaints - BBC News
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Old 14th May 2018, 19:37
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Old 14th May 2018, 19:50
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And the brains who thought it was a great idea should be turfed.
How to lose customers in a highly competitive market.
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Old 15th May 2018, 01:28
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Not sure if this would apply in this case but I don't see why not. If you have a foreign credit card there is of course an exchange and handling fee. The problem is that the handling fee is NOT returned when your account is re-credited. Had this happen to me when I rented a car in England and the deposit re-credited to my account; the difference was significant.
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Old 15th May 2018, 06:16
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From the “Breaking News Article”

...”Not a scam The charge was part of a new European-style policy change by Visa and Mastercard, and the money is returned
Yep...Certainly a very similar if not identical policy is very common on both credit and debit cards across mainland Europe and people there seem to manage without resorting to outrage and grumbling on Facebook. Whatever happened to “keep calm and carry on”...or are the U.K. banks being uniquely naughty in the way they have implemented this?

How it works in my neck of the woods is if you intend to use a self serve pump then after you’ve entered your card and PIN, etc, details into the machine it will display the maximum value of fuel you can have, e.g. “go ahead and serve yourself with a maximum of 120 euros - diesel ..”. That pre-authorised amount never appears as a transaction on your monthly statement, there are no fees, but it is temporarily deducted from your card daily limit (so if you then immediately go to a ATM to draw a large sum of cash you’ll see your limit is lowered), and it remains lowered until such time as the fuel transaction itself is cleared from your account..which is usually a matter of minutes.

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Old 15th May 2018, 06:21
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Hotels have been doing pre-authorisations for years and I have never seen a transaction for it on my account.
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Old 15th May 2018, 08:02
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I think the problem here was that the pre-authorisation wasn't being cleared quickly after the transaction, something that's happened to me before now. A few years ago I had an incorrect pre-authorisation of around 300 sat on my account for about three or four days, meaning I couldn't withdraw money from that account below the balance left after the pre-authorised sum was subtracted. I can easily see that for someone without much money in their account this could be a real problem, especially if they are filling up with fuel on their way in to do their weekly shopping and then find that their card won't work at the checkout.

If pre-authorisations are always reliably cleared within minutes of the actual transaction, then that's fine, but my experience of our banking system is that I wouldn't want to rely on that, as I suspect that for some the delay could easily be hours or even days, before the pre-authorisation amount was cleared.
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Old 15th May 2018, 09:19
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Is the intention to deduct clearly shown prior to refuelling? If not, I'd tell Barclays it was an unauthorised deduction. I'm one of their earliest Visa customers and they used to take notice of things I said. Probably I'd end up talking to the grandchildren of the people that used to be nice.
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