Comes time once again to renew my update subscription for a CAD package I use for work. Actually, it lapsed over a month ago, but there's a discount on offer, ending today, so it seems like a good time.
The usual routine is: try charging it to my business credit card, have it declined, try again with one of the personal credit cards on another bank, have it go through, get a call a minute or two later from a human at the fraud-detection department asking whether it was legitimate. Well, I'm trying to make a payment to a company in a Central European country via an international payment processor somewhere in Western Europe, so it does look rather suspicious, even if it is something I do almost every year about this time.
This year, though: first one declined, second one also declined, then I get the call, from a robot, I confirm that the charge was legitimate... and the robot tells me to wait 10 minutes before resuming use of my card, then hangs up.
So, now that I confirmed that the charge was legitimate, will it now be retroactively authorized? Does that result in money disappearing into the payment-processing system and the software not knowing how to route it to the actual vendor? Or what?
Will international commerce become so safe you can't do it at all?
Update: Per vendor suggestion, I tried again but used InternetSecure instead of WorldPay. Worked first time, with the business credit card (the one that usually doesn't work for such international transactions). Guess the banks have some problem with WorldPay.