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Old 03-29-2010, 05:50 PM   #21
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I think the expense was because of the reording through my bank's website. The price of convenience.
I doubt that. I ordered my free checks via the web. But it did take me quite a while to find the free ones for my account.

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That would be pretty silly if this is the case. Ordering them online is generally the cheapest way to conduct a transaction, with the lowest overhead costs for the vendor. Why do you think all the lowest brokerage commissions are specifically for online trades?
Zig, it might be silly but it is a clear strategy to make money off a dying product and nudge people toward online banking. What better way to "encourage" you to use electronic banking than to gouge you on check pricing?
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I buy my checks from Current or, most recently, Direct Inc.. I get 200 checks for just under $10 and they last me about 4-5 years, so the $2 a year is a trivial expense.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:13 PM   #25
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That looks like a really good bargain. thx.
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I think that checks are "virtually" free ... meaning that that they might not be litterally free, but it should seem so -- if you seldom use them, and they are very low cost. I checked (no pun intended -- well inferred pun is OK) and the last time we bought checks was October 2005.

We write a very few checks per year. We are using E-bill-pay for most payments (Electronic Bill Pay) for most payments that are not drafted from our accounts. So why not go with that? It is secure, and your payees get payed to your specifications. Yep -- do the drafts only with trusted payees.
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That looks like a really good bargain. thx.
easysurfer I am a big spender so I bought these checks a couple of months ago and love them. LOL about being a big spender


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Banks hose people on checks because most people think they have to get from bank.

I get mine from Costco.
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Banks hose people on checks because most people think they have to get from bank.

I get mine from Costco.

By hose do you mean provide free checks for life?
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Old 09-27-2010, 03:42 PM   #32
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I used this link and ordered more checks.

The good news, for the price of the check, it was 4 boxes (that's 600 single checks -- this should last me a long time!) for $17.82.

The bad news, shipping. It costed $18.96 for trackable shipping (8-10 business days). (I could have went for the non-trackable shipping for about $11).

Still cheaper than getting them from the bank.
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(that's 600 single checks -- this should last me a long time!)
I'd have to check (so to speak) but I believe that 600 checks would last me for the rest of my life.
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I'd have to check (so to speak) but I believe that 600 checks would last me for the rest of my life.
We wrote three checks last month (unusually high due to some old fashioned RV Park people). At that rate, 600 would last about 17 years... I could live that long.
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I used this link and ordered more checks.

The good news, for the price of the check, it was 4 boxes (that's 600 single checks -- this should last me a long time!) for $17.82.

The bad news, shipping. It costed $18.96 for trackable shipping (8-10 business days). (I could have went for the non-trackable shipping for about $11).

Still cheaper than getting them from the bank.
I spent 27 years in the check printing business.

Buying them direct and bypassing the bank is much cheaper as they often mark them up 500% to 1000%, sometimes more (no, that isn't a typo).

You did get gouged a bit on delivery however as the cost to the shipper was probably well under $10, but delivery mark-up is about the only opportunity these dying businesses have left to make a profit.

Oh, and that tracking thing is an unnecessary scare-tactic expense - in my opinion of course.
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I haven't paid a dime for checks in over a decade, I think.
Free checks used to be the norm, now I think it is the exception. I had a WaMu "Free Checks for Life" account, but WaMu died. Chase tried to charge me when I went to order checks on their web site so I went in to a branch and they honored the original WaMu deal. My new BOA account gave me 3 checks when I opened the account and would have charged me right out of the gate if I wanted a full box of checks.

But I rarely use checks anymore, so my new free book of Chase checks will probably last the rest of my life, just like WaMu intended.
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I am also a checks in the mail user . Great Service and inexpensive !
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Been banking @ USAA for 25 years and have never bought checks. They always provide them free. I still have some that indicate the date as 19__!

I did not know that banks still charged folks for the blank checks that are seldom used (...what with online bill-pay and all).

I always learn something on this site. Thanks.
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I still have some that indicate the date as 19__!
Those are coming up on their 20th birthday...
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