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I'm tired of paper receipts

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?

Comments

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.
ext_228890
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.