The Supreme Court’s decision to take up the question of whether retailers can charge more when shoppers use credit cards has put it in the middle of a growing international debate.
Merchants in markets from Chicago to Australia are sparring with lawmakers and their own customers over efforts to defray the fees levied by card companies by tacking surcharges on to customers’ bills. Ten U.S. states and some countries ban the practice outright. The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether those bans are legal.
The debate is taking place internationally. The European Union says retailers can’t discriminate among customers based on payment method and will ban surcharges on consumer credit cards starting next year. Regulators in Australia this month also clamped down on surcharging for credit-card payments by setting limits on how much they can tack onto a bill. The move followed widespread complaints from consumers about surcharges being placed on everythingRead More »from [$$] The Biggest Debate in Retail: Should You Pay More to Use a Credit Card?