Any problems with American Express acceptance?

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Any problems with American Express acceptance?

Postby Money card » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:16 pm

When you people went shopping from Nov 24 through December 23rd, including restaurants wherever you went, was there a particular place that didn't take American express? was it a store? was it a local restaurant? was it a store in a Mall?

of all the places Ive been with my parents over the years I can't even name a place other than bagel boys (this is a place that most people pay cash) that doesn't take American express.

there are places that don't take Discover but not American express, as far as Ive seen. I used my card on gift cards I didn't come across any stores or restaurants that didn't take the card.


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Postby momoneyg08 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:47 am

I think its really area dependent. In the northeast a lot of places take American Express but not a lot of Discover, in the southwest though it is the opposite. Not many take American express due to the higher percentages they charge but they do take more Discover.

I love Amex but there is no worse feeling than going out with people and realizing you dont have a backup card like Visa or MC. Again in the northeast it seems like everyone takes it.

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Postby adavis425 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:35 pm

My mechanic no longer accepts AMEX. :mad: He says fees too high.


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Postby CC Deville » Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:49 pm

Money card wrote:When you people went shopping from Nov 24 through December 23rd, including restaurants wherever you went, was there a particular place that didn't take American express? was it a store? was it a local restaurant? was it a store in a Mall?

of all the places Ive been with my parents over the years I can't even name a place other than bagel boys (this is a place that most people pay cash) that doesn't take American express.

there are places that don't take Discover but not American express, as far as Ive seen. I used my card on gift cards I didn't come across any stores or restaurants that didn't take the card.


"you people" LOL. Why do the dates 11/24-12/23 matter?

Let's see, Del Taco and Fantastic Sam's don't take Amex. I honestly rarely use mine so I don't pay too much attention.

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Postby Money card » Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:39 pm

CC just for the holidays , I meant to write from the day after thanksgiving to Dec 23rd. through the course of the year people shop for themselves, sometimes an occasional birthday gift.

but the end of November through December people go to different stores because they are buying gifts for other family members that they normally don't buy that's why I came up with those days.

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Postby fantasy86dj » Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:43 pm

Loads of places in Australia still don't go near American Express. Places like The Reject Shop and Aldi do not take AE. My local medical centre, Melbourne Metro, restaurants in my area don't take AE either. A lot of places that I shop at (David Jones, Coles, Woolworths) do take AE.
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http://www.westpac.com.au/personal-banking/bank-accounts/transaction/

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[url=http://www.nab.com.au/personal/credit-cards/velocity-credit-cards/nab-velocity-rewards-premium-card[/url]

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Postby CC Deville » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:18 pm

Money card wrote:CC just for the holidays , I meant to write from the day after thanksgiving to Dec 23rd. through the course of the year people shop for themselves, sometimes an occasional birthday gift.

but the end of November through December people go to different stores because they are buying gifts for other family members that they normally don't buy that's why I came up with those days.


+1 That makes sense. I figured it out on your Discover thread with the same question.


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Postby CC Deville » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:19 pm

fantasy86dj wrote:Loads of places in Australia still don't go near American Express. Places like The Reject Shop and Aldi do not take AE. My local medical centre, Melbourne Metro, restaurants in my area don't take AE either. A lot of places that I shop at (David Jones, Coles, Woolworths) do take AE.


Are your Amex's Chip & PIN or are they still just mag stripe?

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Postby fantasy86dj » Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:36 pm

Still magnetic strip only
Transaction account:

http://www.westpac.com.au/personal-banking/bank-accounts/transaction/

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Postby tntexan72 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:52 pm

I always have a backup to Amex but any establishments who don't except Amex kinda irks me and I generally take my business somewhere else in the future. Merchants gripe about the fees but just imagine the loss business of not excepting Amex. I am a small business owner in retail so YES I don't understand :) . If you can pay me,,,,I take all of it.



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