Paying for stuff in the netherlands
Most places dont accept visa or masterdard. They will just tell you "no creditcard accepted" even if you have a mastercard debit card. The defacto payment method for most places is just maestro (yes, welcome to 1987). So places like the supermarket close to home only accepts cash or maestro. If you dont have one ask before hand if they accept "credit card" :) Most pin machines will also have this sign if they dont accept.