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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

It's amazing how dependant we've become on credit cards. I recently started a new job, and things have certainly changed since I've returned to the work force. I'd worked in the food and beverage industry in one way or another for many years, and I've done everything from bartending on a riverboat casino to serving food in a family restaurant. Years ago when I was working, I would see the occasional credit card or check, but most people paid with cash. I'm no longer in the food business, and I rarely see anyone pay with cash anymore. It actually caught me off guard the other day when someone handed me their cash to pay their bill.

I also have my own small internet business, and I understand firsthand how important it is to be able to accept credit card payments. Without the ability to pay with a credit card, most customers will choose to take their business elsewhere. Maybe we've all become so accustomed to the instant gratification of being able to pay right away and receiving our merchandise faster than ever before. I've become so dependant on credit and debit cards that I recently went to the store without my card, and I had to go home and get it, because I rarely carry cash anymore. It will be interesting to see how we'll be paying for things by the time my children are grown.

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