Originally Posted by cfwdude
Actually, when you pay with a credit card at a restaurant or store or whatever, the amount purchased is put on 'hold' on that card. Your funds are merely verified to be in your account.
No withdrawal from your account from the retailer is made until they run thier credit card batch software, which is usually at the end of the day, depending on the store.
I'm thinking AE is putting the full price of the kit on hold through their site (which we all know they suck at maintaining), then manually changing the price to the sale price when actually processing the order.
Still no excuse, it's not the right way to do things at all.
Correct, but at least in those situations that hold is in the amount you owe and not some magical figure someone imagined up. The example of the gas pump is the only other one I can think of where a 'safety' amount is held prior to sale. everything else is actual. Or at least I think so, but I'm not always Mr. Right and I'm open to learn something new if ya have it.
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