GoLite stores don't take....cash?!?!
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(rps76) - F
GoLite stores don't take....cash?!?! on 04/13/2012 20:03:24 MDT Print View

Went to buy something today, pulled out cash and the salesperson told me they don't accept cash. What's the world coming to?

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: GoLite stores don't take....cash?!?! on 04/13/2012 20:43:40 MDT Print View

I could have sworn it was a law that cash always has to be accepted as consideration.

Miles Spathelf
(MilesS) - MLife
Re: Re: GoLite stores don't take....cash?!?! on 04/13/2012 20:59:10 MDT Print View

I think creditors are required to take federally coined and printed monies but businesses are not.

Steofan The Apostate
(simaulius) - F

Locale: Bohemian Alps
GoLite stores don't take....cash?!?! on 04/13/2012 21:04:39 MDT Print View

Makes sense when a company is REALLY serious about reducing costs and passing along the savings:
secure - no chance of mishandling cash as the funds go from your bank directly to theirs,
saves time - no counting or depositing,
saves money - no need for an armored car company for a pick-up, no cash on location so insurance rates are reduced, no funds tied up in cash drawer setups.

Welcome to the new era of retail.

Jon Leibowitz
(jleeb) - F - MLife

Locale: 4Corners
Re: GoLite stores don't take....cash?!?! on 04/13/2012 21:40:51 MDT Print View

It may save all those things, but then they also pay the service charge. There is no service fee for cash.

Obviously though, if it's a well-run company they weighed the costs and benefits and even with the service charge, decided it was worth taking only credit cards.

Edited by jleeb on 04/13/2012 21:42:15 MDT.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: GoLite stores don't take....cash?!?! on 04/13/2012 21:43:56 MDT Print View

The no cash benefit must outweigh the plastic fees.

Robert Cowman
(rcowman) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Re: Re: Re: GoLite stores don't take....cash?!?! on 04/14/2012 01:52:56 MDT Print View

you have to pay for cash pick up/drop off, coins and bank fees. they might end up paying less in wages/fees/losses than services fees. plus golite just might not want all the paper usage that comes cash. (deposit slips, statements, safe logs etc)

Tom Caldwell
(Coldspring) - F

Locale: Ozarks
GoLite stores don't take....cash on 04/14/2012 05:59:42 MDT Print View

I suppose they decided it might be a good idea to reduce weight somewhere..

Lawson Kline
(Mountainfitter) - M

Locale: LawsonEquipment.com
Banker on 04/14/2012 09:02:49 MDT Print View

This sounds like a Bankers Wet Dream.. I wonder if Golite would take Gold or Silver Bullion?? Or I wonder at what point, will they take cash. Lets say you walk in and want to buy 10K work of gear for an outdoor school you just started, and all you have is a pocket full of cash. Do you think the would let you walk out the door or do you think they would make an exception?

Edited by Mountainfitter on 04/14/2012 09:14:13 MDT.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: GoLite stores don't take....cash on 04/14/2012 09:07:28 MDT Print View

They are retaliating against all those cash only diners near the trailheads.

Hikin' Jim
(hikin_jim) - MLife

Locale: Orange County, CA, USA
Re: GoLite stores don't take....cash?!?! on 04/14/2012 09:46:42 MDT Print View

Went to buy something today, pulled out cash and the salesperson told me they don't accept cash. What's the world coming to?
What a trip. First time I've ever heard of such a thing. Most gas stations near me give a discount for cash purchases.

HJ
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Manfred Kopisch
(Orienteering) - F
Apple Store not taking cash for IPad on 04/14/2012 10:44:12 MDT Print View

Here in the Bay Area the following story http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/7_on_your_side&id=7447037 described how the local Apple store did only accept credit or debit card for purchasing an IPad. The policy certainly surprised me back then. It seems like no store/business has to accept "legal tender". Somehow I knew that from the many stores that have signs that say they don't accept $50 or $100 bills, but not accepting any cash was still surprising.

Manfred

Edited by Orienteering on 04/14/2012 10:48:32 MDT.

Randy Martin
(randalmartin) - F

Locale: Colorado
Common Sense on 04/14/2012 12:39:41 MDT Print View

As mentioned earlier, I think this is a common sense policy to not have to deal with the security of handling cash, nuisance of depositing it etc.. Having said that, my local diner only accepts cash or checks so clearly there are businesses doing it both ways. I guess anyone can find justification for how they want to do business.

Lyan Jordan
(redmonk)

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
GoLite stores don't take....cash?!?! on 04/14/2012 14:08:00 MDT Print View

Legal tender for all debts, refusing cash payment is cancelation of a debt. A good faith effort was made to pay. The government says this paper has to accetped as payment. If the store doesn't want the money, take your goods and go.

Edited by redmonk on 04/14/2012 14:10:08 MDT.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
GoLite stores don't take....cash?!?! on 04/14/2012 15:29:32 MDT Print View

I checked several online popular legal sites, and they all say that while businesses in the US have to accept the US dollar in payment, they don't have to accept cash.

Here was one: http://legallad.quickanddirtytips.com/legal-tender.aspx
"The short answer is that federal legal tender laws require creditors to accept payment denominated in dollars, but generally do not require businesses to accept any particular form of payment -- such as cash."

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: GoLite stores don't take....cash?!?! on 04/14/2012 16:27:59 MDT Print View

Goes with the advertising program :)

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Aaron Croft
(aaronufl) - M

Locale: Alaska
... on 04/14/2012 16:43:44 MDT Print View

People still carry cash around town? The only time I ever have cash on me is if I know I'll be out in the middle nowhere and may need it for an emergency (i.e. gas stations in the middle of nowhere, food, etc.)

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: GoLite stores don't take....cash?!?! on 04/14/2012 17:10:17 MDT Print View

"Obviously though, if it's a well-run company they weighed the costs and benefits and even with the service charge, decided it was worth taking only credit cards."

Especially if they considered the higher labor costs of hiring cashiers who are not numerically challenged. ;=)

Sean Heenan
(roadster1) - M

Locale: Southeast mountains
Re; go lite stores don't take cash on 04/14/2012 17:31:15 MDT Print View

It's was just a matter of time before the cashless society happened. Cash is a hassle for a retailer, yes there are service charges on credit/debit but cash also has sevice charges that aren't appaerent such as someone to count the cash drawers each day, balance them, make the deposit, armored car service to pickup the deposit, bank charges on proceesing the cash, and then cash shortages. Credit/debit cards balance every time there is nothing to count the computer keeps track of it. Simple. Also the use of smartphones as a way of payment is coming and is here in some places, so as i said it was/is just a matter of time.

Lyan Jordan
(redmonk)

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
GoLite stores don't take....cash?!?! on 04/14/2012 18:18:11 MDT Print View

How much extra should we charge the poor who only have cash ?