In the past, people had to carry large amounts of cash in order to conduct financial transactions, but many people now use credit cards and checking accounts to make their purchases. Many people do not even have conventional bank accounts but merely use check cashing services to manage their money.
Check cashing transactions can be done easily and automatically without a cashier through check cashing machines. These machines are found in many locations such as convenience stores and banks and can often be accessed 24 hours a day.
The advantages of check cashing machines are even greater now that some banks and credit unions have opened up stand alone check cashing operations. Major national retailers such as Wal-Mart and 7-Eleven have launched financial service products that provide this type of check cashing as well as other services such as money wiring and money order sales. The main objectives of this service are to eliminate bad check liability, lines at the cashier, and management headaches.
It is undeniable that even stand-alone cashing centers sometimes have long lines. An alternative to this hassle is automated check cashing, which is a good service for those who are carrying a check that they need to cash instantly. Another advantage of automated check cashing is that the system is able to cash almost all types of checks including personal checks, payroll checks, and government checks.