Users of Visa Electron cards sometimes find that certain retailers are rather clueless about accepting their Electron cards as payment. Here are a couple of examples:
- I am able to book and pay for a flight half way around the world using my Visa Electron card via KLM’s website (thanks to the people at KLM, they were really helpful and I recommend them) yet I cannot do the weekly shop online at Tesco.
- Virgin Trains do not take Visa Electron cards (either on their website or at the stations they run) yet the London Midland and Chiltern Trains websites and stations run by SouthEastern Railway do.
Let’s go back to the first one. I can buy a flight to America online with my Visa Electron card yet one of the largest supermarket chains in the world doesn’t take them.
How the hell does that work?
Tesco customer service couldn’t offer a clear explanation why, mumbling something about needing the purchaser to be physically present. Which is utter cobblers because I bought the flight (and other things since) with the Electron card without a problem. Sainsburys accept Electron cards on their website. That left them stumped.
But this isn’t a sudden new problem.
Paul Canning wrote on April 7, 2007
Whilst Tesco now accept them in-store, they still do not accept them for online shopping. Why not?
Let me repeat this:
I can buy a flight to America online with my Visa Electron card yet one of the largest supermarket chains in the world doesn’t take them.
I am confused as to why this should be. Hell, I used the card while I was in America! I’ve just spoken to Asda’s customer service people and they do take Visa Electron on their website.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to regular readers here that Virgin Trains fails again. The entire Virgin portfolio seems to be irretrievably associated with failure. If memory serves East Midland Trains are another Train Operating Company that refuses to accept Visa Electron cards.
Perhaps a representative from Tesco could contact me and explain clearly why I can’t pay for the weekly shop (and get it delivered to my home) with my Visa Electron card? They are debit cards so the funds are checked before the transaction is authorised. You know that, I know that. Just a straight answer. No spin.
I think I’ll be doing my shopping at Asda and Sainsburys rather than Tesco.