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Top Tip – How to protect receipts for big ticket items

The US based Consumerist website has some great advice on what to do about receipts that over time will degenerate and become unreadable and useless.

We’re told that we should always be keeping our receipts, just in case something goes wrong. While you only really need a “proof of purchase” such as credit card statement or Laser statements, it is always easier to deal with shops when you’ve a problem is to have your receipts as well.

This was the readers query submitted to the Consumerist:

So many receipts are now printed on thermal paper. Thermal paper reacts to heat. Case in point- we have a folder of nearly blank receipts for electronics purchases over the last year after my husband rested a big mug of coffee on it while sorting through tax documents. I have also noticed that they fade as they age, even when carefully filed away.

The responses were a combination of either scanning them, or photocopying them. Alternatively, you could take a photograph of them.

Given most of us now have phones with cameras on them, and e-mail as well probably, it’ll be very quick and easy to take a picture of a receipt on the day you make your purchase, and then e-mail it to yourself and store away in a folder in your e-mail or your computer in case you need it in the future.

Personally, when I need to keep track of such things, I use a combination of the equally fantastically useful Evernote and DropBox iPhone applications synced with my laptop at home.

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Taxi receipts – have you ever been given one?

I don’t think I’ve ever received a receipt from a taxi driver since it became the responsibility of taxi drivers to provide a printed receipt upon payment for a taxi journey. Nor have I asked for one either.

Have you ever been given one automatically? Have you ever asked for one? What was the response – was it given or was the machine “not working at the moment”?

Just so you know, if you have a complaint against a taxi driver, you’d be much better off providing a copy of your receipt – it’s the best way to identify the taxi in question, and confirm that you actually used it on the time/date in question.

This taxi spotted yesterday obviously doesn’t hand out receipts. (Apologies again for the crappy N95 pictures).

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