When a consumer uses a credit card to make a purchase, the merchant does not receive the full purchase amount because a certain portion of the sale is deducted to compensate the merchantAis bank, the bank that issued the card, and the card network that processes the transaction. The level and growth of these rates have become increasingly controversial. This report reviews: (1) how the fees merchants pay have changed over time and the factors affecting the competitiveness of the credit card market; (2) how credit card competition has affected consumers; (3) the benefits and costs to merchants of accepting cards and their ability to negotiate those costs; and (4) the potential impact of various options intended to lower merchant costs. Illustrations.Rising Interchange Fees Have Increased Costs for Merchants, But Options for Reducing Fees Pose Challenges Alicia Puente ... institution that has a relationship with Visa or MasterCard (or both) to provide card payment processing services.
|Author||:||Alicia Puente Cackley|
|Publisher||:||DIANE Publishing - 2010-03|