EC cards with a Maestro badge will be replaced by debit cards in summer 2023.
Supermarkets and discounters inform customers about payment methods.
Dortmund – Many customers like to pay for bulk purchases in supermarkets and discounters with an EC card.
This year, however, they must expect a major change: the Girocard with Maestro function will be replaced by so-called debit cards.
Aldi, Rewe, Edeka and Lidl have informed RUHR24 whether the innovation has consequences for payment transactions when shopping.
Lidl, Edeka, Rewe and Aldi inform customers about the consequences of debit cards at the checkout
Even if cash payment is still the most popular payment method in Germany, card payment is fast and practical in some situations.
To ensure that this remains the case, the new card should remain in place as a means of payment even after the Maestro function has ended.
The banks are already planning new functions for the Girocard, reports HNA.
In supermarkets and discounters, the abolition of the Maestro function on EC cards has long since arrived.
The new debit cards, which are provided with the co-badge of VISA or Mastercard, are already available today, Aldi Süd reports.
These cards are not only accepted in supermarkets, but continue to allow payments and withdrawals abroad.
RUHR24 reports on this.
For this reason, customers do not have to worry about any repercussions when shopping.
Grocery retailers have had the appropriate IT infrastructure for a long time to ensure payment with debit cards.
After the Maestro function on EC cards has been phased out, bank customers will be able to have their debit cards issued with the co-badge V-Pay or Mastercard.
Pay at Lidl, Edeka, Rewe and Aldi: payment methods remain the same
The supermarkets inform RUHR24 which other payment methods can be used in their stores.
In principle, purchases can be paid for in cash, with an EC card, debit card or credit card.
In addition, Lidl, for example, also offers payment methods such as Lidl Pay via smartphone and Rewe payment via Payback Pay.
The usual EC card will be replaced this year by a so-called debit card.
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This gives customers a wide range of payment options when shopping.
EC cards with a Maestro function can still be used as a means of payment until the expiry date.
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