Re: credit-card mania - options
Just did a quick check. Computer stuff -- NewEgg.com - doesn't take cash; DigiKey: "Several convenient payment options are available: Check, money order, MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Discover, C.O.D. and we also extend credit to qualified institutions and companies. A credit application can be obtained by calling 1-800- 344-4539 and talking to any sales representative."
Papa Johns (local pizza chain) "The Papa Johns app offers multiple payment options – you can choose from: Cash, credit, gift cards, Visa Checkout, Apple Pay, Google Pay, or Paypal."
So, with a web search, you can find vendors which don't require credit cards, and avoid a fraud vector. It's your choice.