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I made a purchase, but my balance is only down by $1. Why?

Many website and phone merchants will do what’s called a “dollar authorization.” This means that they check to see that your account is valid, but they only hold $1.00 until they ship the merchandise. Once your merchandise has shipped, the $1 is refunded and will disappear from your transaction history. Then, you will be charged for the full amount of your order.

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