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My credit card was declined, but I'm still showing a pending charge

If a debit card or check card is used to make a payment, and the purchase was not accepted for any reason (such as an incorrect ZIP/postcode or CVC verification), please be aware that most banks will hold the "authorized" funds (counting against your balance until the authorization clears) even if your order was rejected by our security measures. Such authorizations are merely "pending" or "processing" charges, and funds will not be transferred because the charge attempt failed our security measures.

The most common reason for the failed transaction is that both the billing address or the ZIP code entered do not match the billing address on file with the bank that issued your debit/check/credit card. Our Address Verification System (AVS) security measures will reject any transaction for a billing address mismatch.

We do not have the capability to release the bank's temporary hold on authorized funds and are not responsible for the policies of the customer's banking institution regarding the holding of authorized funds. Please note that authorization fund holds last for varying periods, depending on the issuing credit card company's policy. The period may be as little as 2-3 days (which is the case in an overwhelming majority of these instances) or as long as several months.

In most cases, you don't need to do anything, but monitor your funds and watch the pending charges drop off of your statement within a few business days. You can also contact your issuing credit card company or bank in order to determine their policy for releasing these pending authorizations. We will be happy to work with your bank to resolve this issue. However, we ask that you please contact your bank first, as many banks have different ways of releasing the pending charges.

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