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Use of direct debit cards soars

Friday 25 January 2013

Dutch consumers used their direct debit cards almost 2.5 billion times last year, a rise of 8.3% on 2011.

The sharpest rise was in payments of under €10, which were up 30%, the Dutch payment company association said.

The retail sector has been trying to encourage people to use direct debit  cards for smaller amounts and this has led to a rise in 'pin only' retail outlets. Some 1,400 supermarkets now have tills which do not accept cash money.

'It is important customers use direct debit cards as much as possible, to improve check out speed and security,' Rene Roorda, director of retail trade organisation Centraal Bureau Levensmiddelenhandel told Nos television.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

what's "direct debit" card??!

By huh | 25 January 2013 3:13 PM

'Check-out speed and security?'

(M A R K E T I N G), No thanks, I'll stand inline a little longer. :P

By The visitor | 25 January 2013 6:37 PM

Sorry but how does using a PIN pass vs. cash improve transaction speed at check out? The processing times in many places in NL is still painfully slow. As for accuracy, yes granted this is the case as many tellers simply cannot count properly or do simple math. Classic example and real event which happened to me at AH: bill was €47,22. I gave the girl €52,20 so expected back a €5 note. Instead she gave me back €2,50 and was arguing how I was wrong. Sad how things like simple arithmetic have gone like the dinosaur.

By Michael | 26 January 2013 4:59 AM

P.S. One other advantage of the PIN is of course that you pay the exact amount you are supposed to. Elimination of the 1 and 2-cent coin in most stores is crazy when you think that this would have been the equivalent of rounding up to the nearest 10th of a Guilder

By Michael | 26 January 2013 5:00 AM

i guess 1,400 grocery stores in the netherlands don't want my money.
why this move against cash? is it because paying in cash is the only anonymous way of payment? are debit cards encouraged so one can keep track of what you do, buy and when you do, where, what times, your location etc.? paying cash is still way faster than a debit card.
how many times isn't the payment system down? cash is always the best. it is very suspicious the move against cash payments

By Paul | 26 January 2013 7:44 AM

It is obviously a lie that money cards increase speed and security. Any objective observer of check-out lines can see that cash is much faster, and the nonsense of higher card security needs no discussion. The question is why politicians and banks really push us since years to abandon cash using all kinds of lies. The answer is that it will secure the final slave-like state of almost all people on this planet. With cash one can pay anywhere uncontrolled. Cards are prison money that can be constantly watched and cancelled. The destruction of cash will make slaves of the totalitarian (State)bank system out of all of us. Don’t use cards or you will speed it up.

By Demon Gartian | 26 January 2013 10:07 AM

They are NOT real debit cards..LOL Just chip cards only good in europe. I tried to use mine in the USA and it does not work. they also do not have the numbers on the back so you can buy online. They just want to track your spending. Going in and out!!!!Don't use them!! Use cash whenever you can and don't put your money in dutch banks..They are such a joke. There is a charge for everything!!! Rabobank charges you to put cash in your bank account!!! Improve checkout speed by hireing baggers!!!

By Destiny | 26 January 2013 2:06 PM

I will never get a Dutch "debit card" because of their refusal to give their customers the 16 digit card number needed for online purchases - despite all of these cards HAVING one. It's merely hidden. I keep my UK bank account. Better terms, better cards, more respect, better service.

By bobbianderson | 28 January 2013 3:13 PM

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