Hidden Card Swipe Fees May Cripple Businesses
One day after the Credit Card Act went into effect, one trade group is concerned that swipe fees could total $48 billion for small businesses and their customers.
The Merchants Payments Coalition said Congress has yet to take action on swipe fees, which are also referred to as interchange fees. According to the coalition, the $48 billion that Americans paid in swipe fees in 2008 is more than they paid in annual fees, cash advance fees, over-the-limit fees, and late fees combined. Since 2001, swipe fees have tripled as the cost of processing the transactions has decreased, the group noted.