5 naughty things your credit card won't buy
What won't my credit card buy?
Credit card brands always brag about their cards' ability to expand your purchasing power and vie with each other for the greatest universal acceptance worldwide. Remember MasterCard's priceless slogan: "There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's MasterCard"? Or Visa's: "It's everywhere you want to be"?
It turns out there are some things credit cards won't buy. So you can leave home without it, to riff off of American Express' catchphrase.
While credit companies typically want you to pull out their credit card for a purchase, the payment networks -- American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa -- won't approve so-called naughty purchases. These transactions are treated as high-risk activities or run afoul of federal law, even if state laws allow it.
As a consumer, "it pays to discover" the five items that can't be bought with your credit card and the reasons behind the policy.