08 February, 2008

Which payment types do you accept?

"We don't take cheques from our retail customers. They're pretty outdated now and

one or two

have bounced in the past. They're a

nuisance and some people are unable to write

the m properly. We much prefer electronic payments and they continue to improve."

Derek Fowlie

Wine House, Shoreham -by - Sea, West Sussex

"We take credit and debit cards, and cash, but no cheques. It means we're preventing fraud and nobody pays with cheques any more anyway. "

Baldiner Johal

Commodore Wines,

Keresley, Coventry

"We take cards and cash. We don't allow cheques because we've had a couple that have bounced. It means we can serve people more quickly as well."

Adelle Smith

Riley Wines, Stoke- on-Trent, Staffordshire

"We only take cash. We don't have the facility to take cards. It doesn't seem to bother many customers. We never have people trying to use cheques."

Rajdeep Singh

Sam's Off- Licence, Dudley

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