WOW. Can the American banking system really be this far behind the rest of the world ??
I haven't seen the old fashioned, sliding, hand operated credit card imprinter here for several years now, neither in the largest cities nor in the smallest towns.
Terminals are everywhere. They either DEBIT your bank account or charge your CREDIT CARD. They are everywhere including the self-serve check outs at Home Depot, your grocery chain, everywhere: the dentists office, at the pump, Starbucks, restaurants fast and slow, your auto dealership, on and on. The only exceptions are the occasional rare place that does not accept credit cards, cash only.
The latest wrinkle is that you merely TAP your card as you pass through the line at a coffee shop or grocer.
I was in Taiwan, Vietnam and South Korea for 2 moths last winter. Same thing there, even in Ho Chi Min City or Hanoi. SEOUL, of course, is the most wired place on earth. People there tap a terminal with their CELL PHONE as they board a bus or subway ( There are 357 subway stops in Seoul!). They do that at STARBUCKS too.