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Interchange Adjustments Will Add a Net $889 Million to Merchants’ Costs, an Analysis Says

“With the two big payment networks set to raise by hundreds of millions of dollars the cost U.S. merchants pay for card acceptance, e-commerce merchants could see fee boosts while some segments—like travel-and-entertainment and low-ticket-value, quick-service merchants—could see some reductions.  In total, rate tweaks scheduled by Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. for next month will […]
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Covid-19 Shopping Makes Card Fees a Bigger Burden for Merchants

“Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. are planning to raise swipe fees for some types of credit-card purchases in April, adding to the squeeze felt by restaurants, retailers and other merchants already struggling through the Covid-19 pandemic. What’s more, customers’ switch to online shopping during the pandemic—a trend heralded for keeping businesses afloat when people are […]
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Mastercard, Visa Finalize EU Card Probe by Agreeing to Cut Fee

“The European Commission makes legally binding Mastercard’s and Visa’s  commitment to reduce “multilateral interchange fees”, or fees charged to retailers when foreigners use their credit or debit cards in EU region. The commitments, which will cut the inter-regional MIFs by on average 40%, “will significantly reduce the costs for retailers in the EEA when they […]
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Credit Card Interchange Settlement Once Again Divides Merchants

“Déjà vu, anyone? Similar to its now-moot predecessor agreement from 2012, the proposed $6.24 billion monetary-damages settlement in a big credit card interchange antitrust case announced Tuesday by Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. is drawing diverging reviews from merchants. Based on anecdotal comments and the history of the earlier settlement, small, independent businesses, which in 2005 filed the […]
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