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I'm tired of paper receipts

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How do we move away from every store giving you a piece of paper to stick in your wallet as a receipt? I generally don't read them and if I'm expensing something then I need to digitize the paper anyway.

Why can't I set a preference on my credit card which tells the store's computer to not print a receipt if the purchase is under X dollars? Or why not have my credit card give the store my email address so that they can send me a PDF – like Apple does – instead? Or if the store doesn't want to deal with emailing customers, how about a way for them to send my purchase details to my credit card company instead?

Is anyone working on this sort of thing?

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bluesmoon
Mar. 23rd, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
I have all flight, hotel and car rental receipts automatically emailed to me (set up in my preferences for the vendor). I explicitly tell them that I don't want a paper receipt.

Most other expenses (food, transport) are below my limit, so I don't need receipts. If it's over my limit, then I definitely want a receipt so that I know what the heck I've been eating.
daveman692
Mar. 23rd, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, flights and car rentals are really easy. I'm also finding that an increasing number of hotels have the ability to email receipts.

I'm mainly frustrated by gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants where I generally don't need a receipt or certainly don't need a paper one!
bluesmoon
Mar. 23rd, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
at Gas stations in the US you just press No when it asks if you want a receipt. At smaller grocery stores you can tell them that you don't want a receipt, but it's still a problem at Walmart, Target and friends. Restaurants can be tricky. The waiter wants you to look at the receipt so you can tip him well.
daveman692
Mar. 23rd, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, but why should I need to wait another thirty seconds for the pump to beep at me again and then hit "No"?

I normally tell stores I'm not interested in a receipt but that still is a waste of paper and in the worst cases (Best Buy) causes them to get angry.
bluesmoon
Mar. 23rd, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
you don't really have to wait at the pump - it times out in a few seconds... of course, someone might come up after you and print out your receipt with your name and part of your credit card number.
http://www.google.com/profiles/brock.haywood
Mar. 23rd, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
up here in Canada, the Petro-Canada pumps actually force you to press "Print Receipt" so getting a receipt is an opt-in style program.
vxjasonxv
Mar. 23rd, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
While the prospect (user setting on your credit card) is a good idea, you can't even get them to force a signature, CVV, or force ID checking.

The general rule of "under $50 no signature" thing comes into play.

I'm all for this rule, but don't expect this feature before a really simpler implementation.

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Let's hope the landscape is changing with the commercial availability of things like credit card terminals for the iPhone/iPod Touch.

Of course, I'm sure this is exactly what you've had in mind.

Edited at 2010-03-23 05:13 am (UTC)
staynalive.com
Mar. 23rd, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
Someone is - can't remember who
I've seen someone doing this before. I can't remember who. The difficulty is in getting the stores to agree to it, setting up the business deals, etc. It needs a savvy business guy to make it happen, probably even more than the geek.
singpolyma.myopenid.com
Mar. 23rd, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
Bluetooth
I think they could just bluetooth a CSV or similarly-formatted file to my phone. Then I could have an app that eats receipt files and puts them in my financial tracking automatically.
http://www.google.com/profiles/105351845704617916689
May. 26th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
email receipts
I'd hazard a guess and believe Square's offering could be creating a way to circumvent the problem and implement digital receipts in their product.
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