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New fee on credit
cards starts Jan. 27

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, by Patricia Sabitini

Original Article

Posted By:KarenJ1, 1/25/2013 10:40:13 AM

CINCINNATI - The consumer advocacy group Consumer Action is urging people to be on alert for so-called checkout fees some retailers could begin to impose on credit card transactions starting Jan. 27. Merchant trade groups contend most retailers, fearing customer backlash, will not charge the fee. But Consumer Action wants cardholders to be aware of the possibility and options for fighting back. "We´re not sure whether retailers are going to charge these fees," said Ruth Susswein, deputy director of national priorities at Consumer Action in Washington, D.C. "They may not for competitive reasons.

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Ain´t life grand. You know when the government gets involved the consumer gets hosed. You can thank Dick Durbin for this one. The article below has more information. This does not apply to debit cards.

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/01/24/new-credit-card-checkout-fee-starts-sunday/

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/25/2013 10:43:46 AM     (No. 9138551)

Part of the plan to grind the economy to a halt.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: plex, 1/25/2013 10:53:44 AM     (No. 9138573)

I don´t know why people think that use of a credit card should be free. Processing the card (swipe) costs money and the customer who is using the convenience should pay for it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: viking diver, 1/25/2013 10:57:40 AM     (No. 9138590)

#2 they do pay for it in higher cost of goods, higher interest rates if they don´t pay it off each month, higher rates for the annual renewal of the cards.
need I go on

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 1/25/2013 11:00:48 AM     (No. 9138604)

I´m sure few stores will try to charge the fee outright if they have to put up a sign saying they are doing so, but rest assured they will subtly raise prices wherever they can so the consumer loses either way.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mitzi, 1/25/2013 11:02:35 AM     (No. 9138611)

I´m in NY - so this doesn´t apply. If it did, I´d probably plan in advance and have cash with me when I went shopping ... just like I did in the Dark Ages before credit cards.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 1/25/2013 11:04:58 AM     (No. 9138619)

What about debit cards -- the ones with a Visa or Mastercard logo -- which are sometimes processed as credit cards in some stores?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: pomom, 1/25/2013 11:20:35 AM     (No. 9138661)

Debit cards are exempt, according to the instructions. Just be vigilant.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: southernboy, 1/25/2013 11:21:31 AM     (No. 9138664)

#2 The merchant is charged a ‘per-swipe’ fee…which is either written off a a cost of business or is passed on in the form of higher prices.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: log cabin preacher, 1/25/2013 11:51:44 AM     (No. 9138752)

#2 - Merchants don´t have to accept credit cards at all. Many in this country only accept cash. This is America and they have a choice. They do so as a convenience to the consumer and to make themselves more marketable. "We accept your credit cards - it´s easier to shop here." It also limits theft and fraud that can arise from dealing with large amounts of cash. Now the consumer has to pay for this convenience.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: octrojan, 1/25/2013 12:27:07 PM     (No. 9138837)

#2 nailed it. It costs the merchant more to take a credit card, so why not pass that cost along, if the customer wants the convenience of charging. It´s the customer´s choice.

You´d think conservatives would not be so supportive of freeloaders who want someone else, the stores in this case, to subsidize their choices.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: navybrat, 1/25/2013 12:28:09 PM     (No. 9138841)

I agree with #2. Yes, merchants do not have to accept them, but would have fewer sales as many people do not carry cash. I have to pay a fee each time someone pays with a credit or debit card. You can only charge so much for an item and cannot subtly raise prices to cover this. Merchants pay rent for the location, insurance, electricity, heat/AC, wrapping, bags, telephone, ink and paper for the printer, tags and office supplies. Not to mention, pay for help and someone to deliver and help with heavy items. May be consumers should consider using cash and if they do not have the cash realizing they cannot afford everything they want.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: garyhope, 1/25/2013 12:29:31 PM     (No. 9138843)

As if 25-29.9% interest charges and $25-35 "Late" fees weren´t enough. You´re smart, lucky or well off enough if you have enough resources NOT to have to use credit cards. And it´s not just about luxuries or indulgences sometimes, sometimes it´s about medical expenses or getting your car fixed.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: KingBubo, 1/25/2013 12:46:48 PM     (No. 9138895)

Does it include debit cards as well? I will simply begin writing checks for $1.54 purchases.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan, 1/25/2013 12:48:15 PM     (No. 9138897)

Maybe if the credit card companies would do away with the ´rewards´, they wouldn´t have to charge per swipe.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: pizzaman, 1/25/2013 12:57:05 PM     (No. 9138918)

Easy way to fix this, don´t use credit cards! Debit or cash works just fine, and doesn´t involve debt. I haven´t used a credit card in 5 years or so, and I´ve been able to cope just fine.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: plex, 1/25/2013 1:23:00 PM     (No. 9138981)

It isn´t really a good idea to use a debit card because if you contest a charge the bank keeps the money until the issue is resolved. With a credit card you simply don´t pay the contested amount (and when you win there is no interest charged). Charge things and pay the bill immediately. The convenience and cost of a debit card while retaining repudiation options.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: log cabin preacher, 1/25/2013 1:42:04 PM     (No. 9139014)

#11 - I understand, but that is your choice as a business owner to accept credit cards to maximize sales. You want to make more money, so you accept credit cards. Sometimes you have to spend money to make money. 3% on a purchase you wouldn´t have received otherwise isn´t a bad deal.

For the record, I am also a merchant and only accept cash because of credit card fees. I will take a check only if I know the customer personally. I´ve been blessed not to have to do it, but I know there have been times I lost business because of it. It´s my choice as it´s yours. It is not the responsibility of my customer in my opinion.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: xcergy, 1/25/2013 2:17:27 PM     (No. 9139070)

I hate the 3% fee as a merchant, even more that I can´t charge the buyer for same.

Worse is Sales Tax. Fees collected on Sales Tax does not belong to me or the CC merchant, it belongs to the State DOR. That´s big bucks (out of pocket expense) for a WalMart or other box box store.

Biggest B!tch? Even before the law (settlement) was passed, local /state govt. exempted themselves when using plastic for paying your taxes. Hypocrites!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/25/2013 3:03:05 PM     (No. 9139160)

When I see a fee, I will get the scissors and cut up the card. I will also strike that retailer off my list.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: 4poster, 1/25/2013 4:13:09 PM     (No. 9139281)

A store I´ve been frequenting for 15 years seems to have solved this problem. When you check out, they ring it up, then ask "Would you like to save 3% by using cash?"

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