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    So I stumbled upon some YouTubes about Germany that are informative and insightful on some of the differences of living in Germany, versus in USA. So, sort of FYI here;

    My GERMAN Culture Shocks as An AMERICAN
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuxIgpVqsiU

    MY GERMAN CULTURE SHOCKS AS AN AMERICAN: PART 2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hyb7aLigEc&t=97

    CULTURE SHOCK: CAN YOU FILM IN GERMANY?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77UBRyFDJD0&t=97

    And notice also that there are several more over to the right side of screen.





















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    This couple has several videos as one sees over ont he right;

    SOME GERMAN THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr4drP0lNLE

    Do NOT make these Mistakes as a Tourist in Germany
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcWhxPGKmxY
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    • #3
      I watched a bit and he said something about not places accepting visa or mastercard...but those are like the only two credit cards in existence, and for sure accepted pretty much everywhere.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Karri View Post
        I watched a bit and he said something about not places accepting visa or mastercard...but those are like the only two credit cards in existence, and for sure accepted pretty much everywhere.
        I think you got turned around...American Express was the one that was usually turned down.............I have traveld a lot and never run into any problems with Visa or Mastercharge except in the US where unless its green you get a hard time.....Also in Germany to have a credit card you are required to anti-up some money to cover your card,,unlike North America you just keep plugging away on your card until " credit card not accepted".............all I can say is "typical American tourist"

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        Last edited by Bow; 03 Jun 20, 14:40.

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        • #5
          He seems like a nice guy but just visiting doesn't really give one an REAL pov. I just left a barkery and for fun paidn with MC.
          "Ask not what your country can do for you"

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          • #6
            What many consumers may not know or appreciate is that businesses have to pay a percent of the transaction conducted on the credit card to that card issuer; Visa or Master Card. Usually not more than a percent or two, but for some small businesses and those with very low profit margins(percentages) this can be a dis-incentive to accept credit cards (or certain ones). Here in the USA business that decline cards may be fewer, or the persons doing these videos just don't frequent those smaller businesses as often.

            I'm guessing they encountered similar in parts of Germany, where some smaller businesses also don't want to pay the service charge percentage to Visa and Master Card. I'd guess there may also be an additional charge for the currency conversion that would entail.
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            • #7
              Yeah, in the US there are a lot of smaller businesses that have minimum charges before they'll accept a credit card. I know gun shops typically have their prices listed as 'discounted for cash'...if you pay by card they'll add a 3% surcharge to cover the processing. Places like Wal-Mart and such just factor the credit card price in as the price.....and you wind up getting screwed by 3% when you pay cash.
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