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by Euro traveler, Adobe-Meadow,
on May 7, 2014
Just back from the Eurozone and had problems getting my credit cards accepted. I told the credit card companies I was traveling overseas and got a pin number to enable me to get cash from atms. Unfortunately, my credit card was not able to work for gas stations, train stations and also in retail establishments where they would not accept credit cards without a chip. The chip and pin technology is everywhere except the US. Our cards are useless in machines as the machines will not accept them and employees are hesitant to accept them. The scanners do not accept them and they need an alternative type of machine (old fashioned is what I was told) to read them. When there are no real people to be found, unmanned train stations and gas stations, there is no alternative method of payment if you don't have enough cash!
Anyone else having problems?