Major Retailers that Support NFC Payments

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StaceyMJ86

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Not sure if anyone has seen this (apologize if it is somewere I missed). There is now a work a round to use Apple Pay at Walmart through the Ibotta app. The Ibotta app supports Apple Pay and has a new "Pay with Ibotta" feature. Get your stuff at Walmart. Go to checkout. Open Ibotta App. Choose Walmart. Then input the $ you owe. This will then purchase a "digital gift card" with your Apple Pay. Then scan the code at the self check out or tell the person to run as gift card and scan. There is no doubt this is way more cumbersome than simply using Apple Pay, but is a way to use Apple Pay and not your card at Walmart.
I’ve been using this through Ibotta since it released for the cash back. I save all of my cash back throughout the year to buy Christmas gifts at the end of the year. I always end up with $300-$500 for presents.
 
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dontwalkhand

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Not sure if anyone has seen this (apologize if it is somewere I missed). There is now a work a round to use Apple Pay at Walmart through the Ibotta app. The Ibotta app supports Apple Pay and has a new "Pay with Ibotta" feature. Get your stuff at Walmart. Go to checkout. Open Ibotta App. Choose Walmart. Then input the $ you owe. This will then purchase a "digital gift card" with your Apple Pay. Then scan the code at the self check out or tell the person to run as gift card and scan. There is no doubt this is way more cumbersome than simply using Apple Pay, but is a way to use Apple Pay and not your card at Walmart.
Sheesh Walmart Pay seems a lot easier than that.
 

lartola

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Exactly. I don't want them to be encouraged to have a payment system only for their stores. I want to pay with my watch like I can at so many other retailers.
I wonder if the policy of intentionally holding out of all forms of contactless payment (because actually it's not just Apple Pay they are holding out of) extends or will extend to other countries where Walmart has a presence. Here in Mexico, for example, Walmart has an app similar to what Walmart Pay does in the US called Cashi, but they've never accepted any contactless payment at all at their stores before, so no idea if they are holding out of it intentionally to force people to use Cashi like the US counterpart held out of contactless in favor of Walmart Pay.

In addition, here in Mexico a local bank (BBVA) announced in 2018 that they were working with Walmart to enable contactless payment at all their stores mainly for use with the bank's own app BBVA Wallet (though we know once contactless is turned on it opens the door to all forms of payment that can use it). Nonetheless, nearly two years later there hasn't yet been any visible or noticeable change at Walmart stores in Mexico, nor at any of the other store brands that Walmart owns and operates in Mexico such as Sam's Club, Superama or Bodega Aurrera so no idea if the plan has been aborted and Walmart will intentionally hold out of all contactless payment.

Finally, the best way to discourage Walmart from doing what they are doing is to stop shopping there at all and spread the word to do the same among friends, family, acquaintances, etc. No matter how large Walmart is, they're not the only store of its kind in the US. And let's not be a victim of discount offers. The only language that such a large company will understand is the language of money. Especially if it is an American company.
 
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compwiz1202

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Why are most readers in the US so huge and bulky?

Most in the UK are similar to this

Would definitely make it easier to find the NFC Chip. I wish all the readers that took it would put the symbol sticker where the chip is!
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They're having some problems. I tried it at a store recently, and it instantly declined. I tried two more times, and it instantly declined every time. There was no processing or authorizing; it just immediately said declined. I ended up using the same card by chip.
Yea last time we went there, they said it didn't work.
 

lartola

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Would definitely make it easier to find the NFC Chip. I wish all the readers that took it would put the symbol sticker where the chip is!
The bulky terminals in the US are used mainly for two reasons: first of all, unlike debit cards, which have been chip+pin for years, all US credit cards were chip+signature until 2018 (now they're chip+nothing else) so all retailers that had the bulky POS devices used the big touchscreen for customers to sign to authorize the charge to their card in order to save some paper. Second, those stores also often use the big touchscreen to display advertisements and for the shoppers to complete customer satisfaction surveys.
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I blame chip and signature, honestly. The smaller ones would require them to keep paper receipts around, which I imagine would be a pain for a lot of places.
They also use the big screen to display advertisements and for the shoppers to fill out customer satisfaction surveys.
 

ecschwarz

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They also use the big screen to display advertisements and for the shoppers to fill out customer satisfaction surveys.
I don't know if many people here shop at Meijer, but I'm sort if curious the amount of data and how they've acted on the data from the one-question, 3-choice surveys they do. Since it appears before the receipt starts to print (things processing), it's something people seem to actually do.
 

MisterSavage

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Finally, the best way to discourage Walmart from doing what they are doing is to stop shopping there at all and spread the word to do the same among friends, family, acquaintances, etc. No matter how large Walmart is, they're not the only store of its kind in the US. And let's not be a victim of discount offers. The only language that such a large company will understand is the language of money. Especially if it is an American company.
Oh I've been doing that for many years!
 
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