Retailers Ready to Force Consumers to Pay ‘Swipe Fee’ for Using Credit Cards, Offer Discount For Cash
Every time you use your credit card, the store pays up to 3 percent of your total purchase to the credit card company. It’s called a “swipe fee” and now some fed-up retailers are getting ready to pass this cost on to you, in the form of a surcharge.
While others want to reward you for paying with cash.
Paper or plastic? It’s a simple choice, but it’s about to get a lot more complicated, CBS 2’s Emily Smith reported.
“You’re going to start to see retailers really weighing what they’re going to charge consumers for using a credit card,” said Kelli Grant of Smart Money magazine.
That’s right, major retailers — from supermarkets to drug stores — may soon be charging you more if you choose to pay for an item with a credit card, instead of paying with cash…
As part of the settlement, retailers are now allowed to charge customers a surcharge if they pay with plastic…
Conversely, retailers may also start offering discounts to those paying with cash, a practice that’s not completely foreign and seems to be growing with small business owners.
‘If you want to pay by cash, we’ll be more than happy to give you a cash discount for not using a credit card,’ said Tony Dicesare of Auto Body Service in New Jersey.