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Now I remember - Dan the Serene
March 25th, 2011
11:25 am

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Now I remember
I usually stay well clear of Best Buy (AKA, Worst Buy), but I needed something specific and every place I looked charged the same price and there's one around the corner from my office.
I went at a good time so I could get the item, and walk directly to a cashier (this is amazing if you've never been in a BB before. The lines are normally long enough to make people walk away from impulse purchases).
She gave me the extended warranty speech as expected, but also did something unexpected: after I'd swiped my card and signed the screen, she asked to see the card. I figured she was actually going to check the signature, but instead she enter the code from the back used in card not present transactions. I have never seen that done in a face to face transaction before. I almost said something like, "of course you aren't going to save that number in violation of credit card required practices, right?", but kept quiet since she'd snuck it by me and it was entered already. I don't know how significant that is, but I feel slightly unsettled.
I'll learn this time.
--Dan
It's brief because it's BlackBerry

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From:daddygod
Date:March 25th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Just checking, but are you sure it was actually the security code?

I go into BB stores in many different states and they all will check the back for a signature, but then they enter the last four digits of the card number, not the security code.
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From:partywhipple
Date:March 25th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
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That's what i had thought too. i'll watch next time and see what happens.
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From:dantheserene
Date:March 25th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
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I'd be interested to hear others' experience. I still don't want to back.
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From:dantheserene
Date:March 25th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
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I thought she was still looking at the back and only entered three digits, but I might be wrong. I still don't want to go back.
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From:daddygod
Date:March 25th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
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I can't argue the not wanting to go back, nope, not at all.
From:jsewell
Date:March 25th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)

It's cost avoidance

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The retailer is charged a smaller transaction fee when they capture the security code.
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