(Closed) They want me to pay in CASH???

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I did come across a few vendors who would give a surcharge to pay with a credit card. Basically they were taking the fee that the credit card company charges them and passing it to me. There was no additional charge to pay by check.

Post # 4
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Before you hand over any cash, I would check and double check that the invites are exactly as you want them. Bring someone else with you to look at them if you can. Two sets of eyes are better than one. Then I would make sure you get a receipt.

Post # 5
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I agree with Tessabella on this one. The store should have communicated their policy from the start. When I bought my Maid/Matron of Honor dress for a wedding I was in the dress store had posters all over stating that the final payment must be in cash and this I have never seen. I was just happy that they communicated this.

Post # 6
599 posts
Busy bee

Yeah I am a little cautious with anything unexpected. Make sure you check the invites and check that you recieved the amount you were supposed to. Also did you check them out on the bbb? You don’t want any fishy business when it comes to your invites.

Post # 7
3332 posts
Sugar bee

Like Tessabella said, make sure that you examine the invitations very carefully before you pay in cash.  Also, make sure you get a written receipt from them, acknowledging that you’ve paid the required amount. 

FWIW, I have heard of stores who gave a discount if you pay by check/cash.  I think they do it for the reason that Mary-Alice-Me said–they get charged by the credit card companies.

Post # 8
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I would ask them if they will take a check and explain to them why you are weary. That way you will at least have a copy of the check at your bank. I agree with the PP when they say to check and recheck and check again the amount and the details and the quality before you pay and leave the store.


Post # 9
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Though I understand their reasons for only accepting cash, they should have told you their payment policy up front.  I think the credit card issue is less about the disputing and more about the fact that they don’t want to pay credit card fees – it can really add up for a small business.

Post # 11
2681 posts
Sugar bee

Double check your invitations when you pick them up and make sure to get a receipt! 

Post # 12
1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

I agree with previous posters! I go through them to make sure each invite is perfect AND I’d double check the contract you signed to see fi there is any way to not pay cash.  I’d also ask to take a peek at their store policy.  It just seems a little weird for an actual store to ask that…

Post # 13
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I agree with everyone else on this one. Double check the invites very carefully for sure! Like Dorsay said, take a look at the contract/bill and ask to look over their policy. I’d even look them on the BBB to make sure they haven’t had any recent issues. 

Post # 14
47 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m sorry this is happening to you. No matter what a store’s policy it sounds as if you were given very poor customer service after asking for an explanation. My advice to you is to gather as many people as you can, your fiance, parent, sibling, friend, to go with you tomorrow. Not only will they be able to help you look through the invitations faster they will also ensure that you aren’t traveling through the city alone with large amounts of cash. That isn’t advisable for anyone. 

Post # 15
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

If the store accepts cards for other purchases, they are violating their agreement with Mastercard.  The Mastercard merchant agreement requires that merchants accept the card the same as cash.  (The Consumerist has an article on this issue).  You can report the store to Mastercard.  You might also want to offhandedly mention that they are violating their card agreement.  Not that they will let you pay with the card, but at least they may change their practices for future brides.

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