By John Kariuki
The debit card swiping is one of the the most common banking services today.
Unlike buying with credit or visa card, the swiping of debit cards has no hidden charges or interest.
The only thing one does is to present a debit card to authorised merchants. This electronically transfers money to peoples or business account for goods and services rendered.
The cashless platform enables people carry out bigger business transactions beyond the ceiling set by mobile phone money transfer services. Transactions occur in real time. One’s account is debited as the authorised agents’ account is simultaneously credited.
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In circumstances where an account holder needs cash while far from an ATM, the swipe card service allows him or her to draw money from a banking agent at a small fee.
Going by the increasing number of supermarkets, hospitals and retail businesses that are putting up the swipe card services, this novelty is quickly catching on.
But personal finance experts warn that like all money deals, people must exercise caution with the debit card.
Caleb Maina, a Nakuru-based spare parts dealer says the swipe card service could not have come at a better time. He can now buy his supplies in bulk.
“Previously, I would make two journeys every week to Nairobi to replenish my merchandise carrying smaller amounts of money that the mobile phone transfer services could allow,” he says.
But with the swipe card, Maina makes a single trip every two to three weeks.