The other day, I accompanied Andrew to the Apple Store where he purchased a new wireless keyboard. I’ve been to the Apple Store numerous times, and that in itself was not unusual.
What was new and unusual was how they handled the sales receipt. Andrew was asked whether he would like a paper receipt or if he would like the receipt emailed to him.
Of course, trying the new way, he said email (he had to provide an address).
I’m sure you’re like me and you hate having to store paper receipts. It is such a pain to store, archive, and I hate paper receipts.
Andrew and I spent some time thinking about this and came up with this idea. What if their was a way to associate an email address with your credit card, and then whenever you used your card you could get a receipt in your email.
The reality is that this already exists in a small way. You can already get access to your transaction detail from most banks and credit card companies. What we need is a way to format this data (xml?) and get a feed for it, and then have shops and stores offer the email or xml feed option in addition to paper receipts.
The shops and stores would need to be on board with this, because return policies often stipulate having a paper receipt. Regardless, it’s a neat idea.