MSE News: Stop queuing at cash machines – there's no need

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"Too few people know the key cash machine rules – you can use any bank's cash machine for free, while ATMs that charge must tell you ..."
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  • michaelsmichaels Forumite
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    Except that normally the machine without a queue is out of money...

    And of course not all machines are equal, some limit you to £250 per transaction whereas others let you have £500 per go.
    I think....
  • cifpowercifpower Forumite
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    And if there is a queue at all ATMs you will have to queue regardless :D
  • glider3560glider3560 Forumite
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    Everyone at my local Asda seems to queue for the Nationwide machine. They don't seem to like the new "Asda Financial Services" machine. Not sure why, but everyone seems to have a phobia of it! I always use it and saves queuing.
  • Old_WrinklyOld_Wrinkly Forumite
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    Why is this classed as a "News" item?
  • LokoloLokolo Forumite
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    Why is this classed as a "News" item?

    Slow week.
  • minerva_windsongminerva_windsong Forumite
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    michaels wrote: »
    Except that normally the machine without a queue is out of money...

    And of course not all machines are equal, some limit you to £250 per transaction whereas others let you have £500 per go.

    I thought how much you were allowed to take out depended on your bank not the machine?

    I have to admit that I do the thing of favouring certain banks' cash machines, mostly NatWest or Barclays, but then they seem to be the most prevelant at train stations and similar where you might want cash. No idea why!

    Although the fact that some people don't know about these things does surprise me...
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  • MrTomatoMrTomato Forumite
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    Loads of people probably have those cards like the Lloyds TSB where you can only use their own machines too.

    I do prefer Barclays and Co-op machines though, they have readable screens. Some Lloyds ones have a tiny monitor, and it isn't even right next to the screen cover.
  • A_Nice_EnglishmanA_Nice_Englishman Forumite
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    Round here, people form one queue and use the first available machine.

    Bit of a non-story really. sorry
  • masonicmasonic Forumite
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    It's human nature to steer clear of things everyone else is avoiding.
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    pmdukpmduk Forumite
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    edited 27 April 2010 at 8:14PM
    Perhaps you could arrange for the installation near me of a cash machine without queues? Now that would be worthy of a news story. Of course some transactions (eg mini-statements, deposits, statement requests), have to be carried out at the banks' own machines
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