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You’ve probably heard this priceless slogan before: “There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else there’s Mastercard.”
Well, it’s not exactly true.
It turns out there are some things credit cards won’t buy. So you can leave home without them, to riff off of American Express’ old 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 transactions that are treated as high-risk activities or run afoul of federal law, even if state laws allow it.
If you’re intent on buying one of these naughty things, “it pays to discover” they can’t be bought with your credit card.