A credit card receipt is an acknowledgment given by a vendor, merchant or bank to credit card holders in exchange for a payment or a purchase made with a credit card. Typically, a credit card receipt is a small piece of paper that records the amount of the transaction, the day that it occurred and the name or store number of the merchant or bank that accepted the payment. Credit card receipts usually include an itemized list of the items that were bought, although some vendors offer receipts that show only the total amount charged.
Retail stores and other merchants have point-of-sale (POS) terminals through which credit card transactions are processed. POS terminals normally produce at least two copies of a credit card receipt. The merchant keeps one copy, and the second copy is given to the cardholder. A merchant’s copy typically contains the card number so that the merchant has a record of the account number in case the customer disputes the charge. It normally takes a few days for the merchant’s bank to collect payment from the cardholder’s bank.
Online retailers usually provide credit card holders with electronic credit card receipts. These receipts appear on the screen after the credit card holder makes an online purchase, and the cardholder can print the credit card receipt to obtain a paper copy of the transaction details. Additionally, many online merchants email a copy of the receipt to the cardholder. Electronic receipts contain the same information as paper receipts and sometimes more.