Those Flippers at Nationwide have just sent me a new Debit card (a simple replacement for an expiring one) and they've changed the flipping number. No-one else I use does this, whenever I get a new card the number remains the same. This is the second time in two years that Nationwide have done this & they FLIP the first time that the only reason they changed the number was because it was a change from an "old-style" card to a chip-and-pin card.
It was a flipping nightmare last time they did this, depending on the bookie I had to jump through all kinds of hoops to get them to change cards & some of them were really funny about it & wanted typed letters of explanation etc etc (not to mention having to scan the new card & send it off to umpteen bookies). This time around it'll be even worse, my old card is now registered with at least a couple of hundred places.
So flipped off with this, flipping Nationwide have just created me about a month of tedious flipping admin & dealing with CS. Flippers.
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, need to go & smash stuff up now.
On the other side of the coin...
I have used 3 different cards for betting. (1st was my Halifax current account, I then opened a NW account for my 2nd card. This was lost so I got a newer 3rd card - with new number - from NW)
Anyway on all occasions the bookies have been great (only UK/Irish books). Just a quick call, or live chat/email and the old card was removed from the system - even if I still had money in the account. Having said all that, next time it will probably be a complete ball ache!
Just out of interest, which bookies did you have a problem with last time?
Got a few current accounts - think all of them change the card number apart from barclays. Never had an issue updating the card with new bookies though (having said that I'm normally gubbed by then so don't bother).
I know what you mean they done the same thing to me, but i have about 50% on Moneybookers and 50% with Nationwide card.
In spring/summer 2008 when my RBS Maestro expired, I got a completely different card number rather than new expiry date. "Oh well, this one lasts until 2011" I thought... until I was sent a Visa debit in the post the other month which has replaced the Maestro.
On the brightside you've already all those letters typed up from last time - should save you several minutes.
Second unprovoked snide comment from you in two days Butty.
With FirstDirect if I have ever had a card expire it has been the same numbers on the front just new dates and cvc numbers on the back.
If I have ever reported the cards lost or stolen they have come with completely new numbers on the front too.
Which does not add anything really, Im just sharing. Overall FirstDirect are great and I recommend them.
Have a plan and stick to it
I do have a FirstDirect account but I don't use it for MB stuff I specifically setup the Nationwide account to keep it separate from my "real" stuff.
None of my other card issuers change numbers when they change cards either.
Foofi - I honestly can't remember how each individual book reacted. I know that there were a very small minority that allowed me to simply remove the old card & add a new one. Some let me add a new one but won't let me remove the old one (& to this day they default to the old one when I try to deposit or withdraw which is a pain). Some would only do it if I rang & spoke to them, some required letters, many required a copy of the new card, many required me to zero my balance back to my old card before they would consider changing. And I never even got around to changing them all - there are a lot of places I simply haven't been back to since I changed card last time & occasionally I stumble across one. I found some money recently in an account & had to withdraw it back to a card that expired over a year ago (CS wouldn't budge). It did appear in my account though, perhaps there is no expiry on that?
Suffice it to say this would be more than enough for me to never recommend Nationwide again to anyone considering it for MB-ing. This will cost me far more in wasted time that would have been spent on new offers, than any amount I've saved in conversion fees over the years.
I could (& perhaps will) try to use MB/Neteller far more & only use Nationwide where it's unavoidable but I've previously avoided that because I don't like or trust e-wallets, I don't rate their security measures & their attitude when there is an issue/problem can be dreadful. I do use them, just no more than I have to.
Ho hum, cost of doing business I guess.
The card is just linked to an account - you can still withdraw to it fine as you found out. If the account gets shut of course that becomes a problem. I agree - the books do cause more hassle if you have a balance with them when trying to change cards.