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Riverslim
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:14 am    Post subject: Counter checks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We called them counter checks - had banks logo but no personal name or account number. Anyone with an account at that bank could use them. I worked at a farm equipment dealer during the 70's and we must have had 30 or so blank counter checks on various banks in our part of the state for the convenience of our customers. Are these still used today? I haven't seen any.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:20 am    Post subject: Re: Counter checks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

riverslim,

They are still used in Spring Hill, TN. Not frequently, but occasionally, I've used both counter checks and counter deposit slips at my bank.

Tom in TN
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:21 am    Post subject: Re: Counter checks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No, they went out in the mid to late 60's I think. Too easy to scam.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:24 am    Post subject: Re: Counter checks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

When I was a kid people would write checks on anything, an envelope, paper bag, etc. Seems I remember some guy writing a check on an old wooden door, and the bank took it. I suppose they returned it to him after it was cancelled.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:28 am    Post subject: Re: Counter checks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

In my small town bank in a town of 500, they are still used. I know I've used them within the last 6 months. If I forget to order checks, run out, and need some, they are readily available.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:36 am    Post subject: Re: Counter checks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Here they call them lobby checks. My main bank is local, founded in 1901 and main office is still in the same building....a few renovations ago, but not many. Branches are new, following the population explosion.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:46 am    Post subject: Re: Counter checks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Didn't know any banks still had them. They were phased out by most when the account numbers on checks became readable electronically, and of course, counter checks couldn't, so it would bollix up the works.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:48 am    Post subject: Re: Counter checks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Here in the big city of BGKy I think they mostly just print you up a few with just Your numbers along the bottom.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:50 am    Post subject: Re: Counter checks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am echoing M Nut comments. Oddly enough, I am drasfting one right now to pay my income taxes as (like M Nut) I ran myself out of regular checks at an inopportune time and reorder of checks has not arrived yet.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:52 am    Post subject: Re: Counter checks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The new version of them is buying online be typing your routing and account number and money automatically gone in seconds. I still remember them being used in the mid 1980's. Now the larest is credit cards are not going to require a signature..
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:55 am    Post subject: Re: Counter checks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I got one about 16-17 years ago for over $15,000 for a load of cattle. That one made me real nervous. A guy wanted a load of heifers,wanted me to find a trucker and pay the trucking. He hadn't paid me for them,said he'd send a check back with the trucker. I told Norm not to unload them until he had the check in his hand. He brought me back that check and I about threw up. It was good,but it sure didn't look very good.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:58 am    Post subject: Re: Counter checks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Two years ago a guy paid me with a counter check. First one I've seen in years.

I don't think banks pay any attention to checks that they get. Earlier this year I didn't sign two checks. They went right through the bank.

Where I live most towns are under 500 population. Very few if any businesses take credit or debit cards.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:14 am    Post subject: Re: Counter checks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ya,I used a counter deposit slip Friday. I got to the bank to cash some checks and didn't have any more deposit slips in the check book.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:15 am    Post subject: Re: Counter checks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Checks don't have to come from a bank lots of printing companies make them and sell them.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:25 am    Post subject: Re: Counter checks Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hydro ...... I can't remember the last time signing a credit card slip. Are you saying that you still sign when you buy something (and no PIN number)?
 
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