January 15, 2007
But, your explanation about shopping habit between Europe and North America is not correct. I live in Europe, and I have never encountered those shopping behaviors you descripe (short of a few small localized companies).
It is true that you cannot pay by credit card in some small places physically – but not when it comes to websites. As a general rule you pay by the use of your credit card. There is however some difference in what kinds of credit cards they accept. Visa and Mastercard seems universal, other types of credits cards is not.
In most of nothern Europe, the credit card is used as a replacement for any other types of payment. For instance, paying by the use of the check would be considered strange (something we see in many US sites). Most people in Denmark rarely pay using cash.
Your comment about the shopping cart is also wrong. It might sometimes be called a “shopping basket” (in the UK) or a local phrase – “Wunschzettel” in Germany, “Vos Z’envies Cardeaux” in France, “Indk