What pen do you use to sign your credit cards?

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  1. SuperKirby

    SuperKirby Gold Member

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    Assuming you sign your cards, what pen do you use? A cashier last week made me sign my card (first time in years) and I used one of her Sharpies she lent me. Worked great so far and hasn't smeared even in the slightest. I decided to pick up one of those Sharpie pens (Sharpie Fine Point pen) for myself. Signed one of my debit cards and just in case I let it dry for awhile, but it still smeared (and badly) later on. What kind of Sharpie did she have? I then tried a Uniball gel ink, also bad idea. Regular Bic pens last longer, but still smear over a prolonged period of time. Any suggestions for the "best credit card signing pen"?
     
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  2. guberif

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    I use a regular sharpie
     
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  3. LeeInDC

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    Honestly just whatever is laying around. Although I just looked at a dozen or so cards and some are smeared while others are not so maybe I should pay attention.
     
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    This is why I need a JPMorgan Palladium card... no need to worry about smears if they laser etch your signature onto the card. ;)
     
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    Just a regular Sharpie. Have lots laying around. :)
     
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    Sharpie.
     
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    Sharpie Fine point. We keep one at our cash register for people to use to sign their cards. We also suggest that they add "ask for photo ID" to the signature line.
     
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    Space Pen.
     
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    I use a regular ball point pen.
     
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  10. SuperKirby

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    Lol, I think that beats a Sharpie.
    Is it one of these?
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    It's what I just got and it smeared all over, how odd.
     
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    For some reason this made me think about that credit card prank from a few years back, when the guy was trying to get people to verify his signature but people rarely bothered...

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  12. servo

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    I have a pack of sharpie Twin Tips (fine and ultra fine) - I use the ultra fine side and I let it sit for 5 minutes after signing, and have had zero smears.
     
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    Amazing I use a sharpie also, I didn't know it was so common.
     
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    I decided to use one of those thick Sharpie pens. Works perfect. The thin Sharpie pens smears for me, don't know why...
     
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    Just curious if anyone can see this post ?? Thanks!
     
  16. SuperKirby

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    I see it. Something went wrong?
     
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  17. Schali

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    For more than 7 years now the same Stabilo OHPen Permanent S :)
     
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    Exactly.

    It does need a minute or two to dry tho.
     
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    No, but thank you! Just trying to find my way around here... Hope you have great w/end..
     
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    Fine tip generic brand sharpie, my company is cheap. Doesn't smear though.
    My wife doesn't sign at all and just puts ask for ID which hardly anyone does.
     
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    You realize you break your merchant agreement each time you do that. "See ID" on the back of a card invalidates it. The thing with credit cards is your signature is your ID.

    Gel pens shouldn't be used true sharpie markers should be used ones that bleed on paper, the pen style ones i think are formulated not to bleed so it smears easier. cheapo ballpoint pens work fairly well but will smear over time.
     
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    This is a great question. I'm a heavy pencil user...I totally hate pens. And yet...you can't sign a credit card with a pencil. Trust me...I've tried...it doesn't work...unless the credit card is made of paper...then you can...but I don't think anyone is issuing paper credit cards right now. Anyway, usually what I will do is...if I think I'm going to sign over the security code I will use a pen. If the security code will not come into play with my signature...I'll use a Sharpie.
     
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    Super Fine Point Sharpie. Black.

    I use one of these for almost everything when I can as long as the paper is not too absorbent. I wait a minute after signing before putting it back in my wallet.
     
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    Sharpie Ultra Fine Point.
     
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    Sharpie Ultra Fine--looks good, no smear and doesn't take up too much space

    Made the mistake of using a roller the other day...:oops:
     
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