There are many who have already lost the fear of buying online. Proof of this is the good performance of services such as Amazon. If you are a regular Amazon buyer, you will know that the charge for your purchases is made directly on the card that you have inserted. Another option is to include it manually every time you make a purchase. But it is a somewhat uncomfortable option.
After placing an order on Amazon, you may at some point notice a charge to your bank account for 1 euro . This usually happens at the beginning, as soon as you sign up for a service. The companies, Amazon in this case, check the validity of your bank account by charging this symbolic amount.
But if you have been using Amazon for a long time, the charge has appeared and you don't really know why , we must tell you that the company usually uses this security measure in at least three cases:
- When you sign up and place an order for the first time on Amazon
- When you subscribe to Amazon Prime (the mode by which you can get around two million products the next day, without having to pay shipping costs)
- When you introduce a new payment card to your account
It is possible, however, that Amazon randomly makes this check . So if you receive this charge of 1 euro, calm down. In principle it is a safety routine.
1 euro more that will return to your account
Amazon contacts your bank to make this symbolic charge of one euro (which will then be returned to you) to verify that your card is valid. It is a way to verify that it does not have any complaint for loss or theft.
Thus, it is possible that for a few days, the bank statement of your account shows that one euro has been charged . And when will they return it to you? Well, in principle immediately. Some banks may hold the funds for a certain period of time. Some are more agile, but others can hold the money between 7 and 10 business days after the authorization is sent.
As soon as the relevant checks have been carried out , the funds will be released - we are talking about that euro, specifically - and the bank statement will no longer show that retention.