A leading consumer activist has called fears that significantnumbers of merchants might begin to surcharge credit card paymentsin order to recoup interchange costs the result of a “PR campaign”from Visa and MasterCard.

EdMierzwinski, consumer program director for the U.S. PublicInterest Research Group, wrote in a blog entry that some people have been “snookered” by thecampaign into being afraid that merchants would charge thesurcharge, but added that US PIRG did not believe this wouldhappen.

US PIRG doubted this would happen primarily because merchantswould not want to upset their customers, Mierzwinski said.

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