Re: Credit Card Question

LaRoi Lawton (
Tue, 3 Oct 2000 12:23:58 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Pat:
We have several of Kino's catalogues and the titles run the gambit from
historical to what some observers would term "offensive". The titles extend
from many countries, U. S. included, and cover many subject areas that some
viewers would question and find disturbing because of the subject matter
covered. You might want to get in contact with Kino and ask them if they are
aware of the restriction and ask what their response to it is and if there
are other institutions that have put up a restriction such as the one you

LaRoi Lawton
Gerald S. Lieblich Learning Resource Center
Bronx Community College
bronx, NY 10453

----- Original Message -----
From: "Patricia O'Donnell" <>
To: "Multiple recipients of list" <>
Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2000 1:34 PM
Subject: Re: Credit Card Question

> >I have an odd question for those of you that purchase by Credit Cards. I
> >have just had two orders "declined" and when I called the Universities to
> >check is appears that Kino is on some kind of restricted list because we
> >sell " other kinds of videos" I am totally mystified by this.
> >Does anyone have experience with such restrictions ? It is not a big deal
> >we can just invoice these guys but I am dying to find out how Kino could
> >on such a list. Maybe it is that child porn
> >THE TIN DRUM that we sell . I just can't figure it out and any info would
> >appreciated
> >
> >jessica rosner
> >Kino
> Hi Jessica,
> I purchase videos all the time using a University issued purchasing card
> (Master Card). The card was originally restricted to particular vendors
> who use a specific set of MCC's or merchant codes and it can NOT be used
> for entertainment or food purchases.
> Althought the food restriction is no problem, the "entertainment"
> restriction began to give me trouble immediately due to the wide variety
> vendors we patronize. (Many video retailers also sell video games so my
> card was being refused all over the place!)
> I contacted our University Accounting office in charge of this purchasing
> card program and pled my case, very convincingly I guess, because they
> authorized my card for any of the MCC codes on their list which had
> anything to do with video, laser disk, cd-ROM or DVD and I haven't had any
> problems since.
> The bottom line, your trouble probably has little to do with the content
> of the materials your vendor distributes and everything to do with their
> MCC or "merchant" code. Hope this helps.
> Sincerely,
> Pat O'Donnell
> X6-1248