The rumor going around is they're charging CCs 1 cent to verify the card. Banks are saying no because it's fraud activity or some mess so people are getting an error 601, I think. I'm waiting until this mess passes over before I transfer...
I just changed my SE Account over to direct CC payments, and yes there is a $.01 pre-authorization
. I doubt it will even be charged. Even if they did, it's incredibly
common practice and not sketchy at all. It's merely to make sure the account exists.
I noticed that the billing is done in El Segundo, CA. That means no banks will be charging international penalties, and I won't have fishy-looking charges from UK (which led to my card being temporarily locked last month until I authorized the charges).
One drawback that I did notice: You can only use one Credit Card per SE Account, so if you have multiple FFXI accounts tired to the same SE Account, you'll have to use the same card. I doubt that will affect many people though, and it could be circumnavigated by using Crysta and/or CnB for one of the FFXI accounts. Edited, Jan 27th 2012 1:26pm by Chewzer
____________________________All Jobs 99... I even have gear for a couple of them!
Lakshmi's First 80/85/90/95 Armageddon ~ World's First 99 Legendary Weapon
Fishing 110+10+Ebisu ~ Cooking 100+7 ~ Alchemy 92 ~ Synergy 80
Chew is being a lot more level-headed regarding the whole issue, which is strange because he's probably drunk.
This is where I used to link my blog... but then I realized that I'm not very interesting.