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Or what do I do to get my mate from abroad a travelcard while he's here.
If you get a second one the first one will stop working and will only start working again once you rip up the second one into tiny pieces and burn it before throwing its ashes in the Thames while chanting <<Ouvre baye pou mwen, Papa Pou mwen passe, Le'm tounnen map remesi Lwa yo! >> fourteen times.
I just remember last time I lost my Oystercard I went to get another and I had to give a reason why I wanted another and then they obviously blocked the one I'd lost. Anyway, thanks.
I've used Oyster cards when visiting, since their introduction, but I've never registered one.
Though it's still a good idea to register if you're getting a weekly or have more than a few pounds of pay as you go on there, because if you lose the card you won't get anything back if it's not registered.
that was my thinking. No compulsion, thankfully, to register, now, or in the past.
because I lose them. got a fukin IKEA one last time
I really wanted a Wills and Kate one though :(
not a fan of either, but at least the William/Kate one had a bit of design work put into it.
Hoping to upgrade to an Olympic one soon.
hopefully I can sell it to some demented American royalist in forty years and fund my retirement
*slams Oyster card on the counter*
I use one with james's photo on it too. I think you should be alright.
I have three and I don't need three. Although I paid £3 for it and now they cost £5 so will I get £5 back if I hand one back in? Will I be making a profit?
The information of how much you paid is probably stored on the chip.
james only very recently worked out that the information about the card (time, place tapped in) isn't physically stored on the chip but probably sent to a computer.
but then how would that work with buses?
I always just assumed it would be on the card because a system like that would be far more effort.
the reader sends data back to the central computer in batches rather than real-time. Your balance is stored on the card, and only updated on the central database (along with journey details) a couple of hours to a couple of days after travelling.
That's why if you look online, you can't see your tube travel in realtime.
In theory they could do it over the air, but they don't. It could be done during the day if the bus ends up back at it's depot out of service, but it isn't "done pretty much straight away".
Just not a profit.