Do you give your zip-code at checkout?

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#1 Posted by br0kenrabbit (12284 posts) -

You know those places where at the register they ask for your zip code? I've always just given them my old Canadian postal code: K6H 2H1, sends them into a tizzy because they're expecting just numerals.

I fake as much personal information as I'm legally able to, because it's none of anybodies damn business.

How do you deal with being asked for your zip code on checkout? Do you give it to them?

#2 Posted by Makhaidos (1427 posts) -

Generally I only have to give a signature when I use credit at a checkout, except at the pump. But if I was asked for a zip code, I'd give it and have no problem with it, because who gives a shit? It's just a zip code.

#3 Posted by br0kenrabbit (12284 posts) -

Generally I only have to give a signature when I use credit at a checkout, except at the pump. But if I was asked for a zip code, I'd give it and have no problem with it, because who gives a shit? It's just a zip code.

I was reading this.

#4 Edited by Nibroc420 (13564 posts) -

I've never encountered a store that asks me for my Zip Code.

Then again, I live in canada, and no-one gives a **** about my postal code anyways, unless they're delivering me things i buy off the internets.

#5 Posted by Makhaidos (1427 posts) -

@Makhaidos said:

Generally I only have to give a signature when I use credit at a checkout, except at the pump. But if I was asked for a zip code, I'd give it and have no problem with it, because who gives a shit? It's just a zip code.

I was reading this.

You don't give your zip code out at Target. Zip codes were compromised because your credit/debit card has your zip code in their information.

#6 Posted by airshocker (27301 posts) -

At a store I give my old North Dakota zip code. At the pump I give the one that's tied to my debit card.

#7 Edited by ad1x2 (5245 posts) -

The only place I give my zip is at the gas pump, I haven't been asked for a zip from a store in years. I can't give a fake zip at the pump because it will decline the card. Of course, you should still watch out for card skimmers.

#8 Edited by Nengo_Flow (8842 posts) -

Only time I've ever been asked for my zip code was at Harbor Freight (a small scale Hardware store).

#9 Edited by LJS9502_basic (148646 posts) -

I just don't give it.....

#10 Posted by Aljosa23 (23629 posts) -

Wtf? Never asked to give out my postal code here in Canada. Didn't ask either when I went to NY, DC, and Florida.

#11 Edited by dave123321 (32676 posts) -

Nope

#12 Edited by airshocker (27301 posts) -

@Aljosa23 said:

Wtf? Never asked to give out my postal code here in Canada. Didn't ask either when I went to NY, DC, and Florida.

Most credit cards/debit cards ask for a zip code when using them at a gas pump as a means to prevent fraud. Gas transactions using a debit/credit card don't require a signature or PIN.

Other than that I believe stores sometimes ask for use in surveys? Usually I try and say no, but I've learned just to tell them an older one that I remember easily so they'll leave me alone.

#13 Edited by Hatiko (4487 posts) -

I've never been asked, I always use cash whenever I can though.

#14 Edited by killerfist (19788 posts) -

I've been asked a lot for survey purposes.

In my country, the zip code is made of a four number/two letter combination (0000 AA). I have no problem to tell them the four number combination if they ask since that's a pretty big area (in my case the whole town of 7000 people).

The two letters is narrowed down to the street.

#15 Edited by Cynical_Buzzard (216 posts) -

I always refuse to give it to them, they do not need it to be able to check me out. I do not like companies that do this.

#16 Posted by Brain_Duster (313 posts) -

No and nobody asks.

#17 Edited by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -
@Aljosa23 said:

Wtf? Never asked to give out my postal code here in Canada. Didn't ask either when I went to NY, DC, and Florida.

BAC/WFC require for most transactions to reduce fraud.

Chances are if someone steals your card they don't know your zip code as it changes every 500ft in some cities. It's typically asked when buying commodities, or things that can't be returned.

I give mine sure; I don't really care it's usually just used for consumer data so they can see where their customers come from.

#18 Edited by sukraj (20629 posts) -

no give it.

#19 Posted by Murderstyle75 (4115 posts) -

The reason retailers ask for your zip code is do they know they know which areas are best to distribute their weekly circulars and coupon books. So sure. If it gets me coupons, I have no problem giving out my zip.

Gas stations do it for security reasons in case somebody finds or steals your credit card. Not sure that really works anymore since all somebody has to do is google the card holders name from their phone and they can generally find their address or zip.

#20 Posted by Horgen (109494 posts) -

Never been asked for my zip code, except when ordering things online. But they kinda need it to ship the items to the right place.

#21 Edited by Pirate700 (46435 posts) -

Now that you mention it, I haven't been asked for my zip code at checkout in years. I remember places used to ask all the time.

#22 Posted by masiisam (5717 posts) -

Only at the pump...They do it for my protection so im ok with that..When im at target and a few other stores they ask me and i just say no thank you

#24 Edited by platinumking320 (566 posts) -

when I did the retail thing part time, I'd occasionally type in zeros just to bypass the prompt. reminds me of this cartoon

Zip Codes: Foamy The Squirrel

Usually this zip code thing is the ghetto method of getting data on target areas for building new stores or mailing out promos and coupons. I'm just speculating but maybe not every store 'always' has the extra capital to pay marketing research firms to scratch up all this data for them.

#25 Posted by LexLas (4132 posts) -

At first this started i was like WTF , you have to know who i am so i can buy groceries ? But its so common now i just go with the flow. My guess is they use your info for commercial. Thats why we get the safeway adds in the mail. Thats my guess ? My local stores like Rite Aid or Safeway ask for your phone number. Kinda crazy, but i guess its just how it is ?

#26 Posted by k2theswiss (16223 posts) -

think its stupid. even though its just a zip, it does nothing for me so I simply say no thanks...

#27 Posted by Master_Live (12380 posts) -

Not if I don't have to.

#28 Edited by vfibsux (4030 posts) -

People are just so overly paranoid these days lol. Why is giving your zip code such a big deal? Afraid they will guess which address within that zip code you are at and send you coupons? lol.

#29 Posted by Detroit222 (5228 posts) -

I got asked about my phone number at Sears yesterday. I just told them no. For zip codes I sometimes give them my work zip sometimes I "just say no." If you're not using your credit card, why do they need to know this kind of information anyway? Way to much information given out and no one knows why or how it's used.

#30 Edited by bforrester420 (717 posts) -

55555

The more personal information you share, the more easily you can be victimized by identity theft. I'm sure Target customers which they hasn't used their Debit Cards over the holidays.

#31 Posted by roulettethedog (10855 posts) -

I'll give my zip code and pin # when needed, but not my telephone #.

#32 Posted by Jacobistheman (3971 posts) -

The only time I have ever given out my Zip code is to gas stations which need it to verify who I am. I will give out an email for stuff every once in a while (but not my main one) and will give out a google voice number if I ever need a phone number. To be honest, I don't care if companies collect customer data. That allows them to better understand and serve the people walking into their store.