SheamusPatt,
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@sik0fewl Nice to see a bit of movement on this but it's clear that the in is still calling the shots given its limited scope.
High interchange fees are basically a tax on the poor. Everyone pays but high net worth individuals are the ones offered or Points cards so get some of it back.
They're even horning in on essential costs as I wrote about a few years back http://galbraith-was-right.sheamuspatt.ca/2014/01/credit-card-issuers-elbowing-in-on-more.html

sik0fewl,

I really wish we could just do away with credit cards (for the most part) when shopping in person (vs online). Rewards points are basically just a scam to make you pay with credit cards so that you're not "losing out", since you're subsidizing them either way through merchant fees.

Something that might also help is charging merchant fees only on transactions that are paid via credit cards - Telus recently won a lawsuit to be able to do this.

SheamusPatt,
@SheamusPatt@mstdn.ca avatar

@sik0fewl could at least regulate the interchange fees to something close to the actual cost to the institution - that would help a lot. Other countries eg. have done so and there's been no exodus of credit card vendors. No doubt we'd see a lot fewer perks on credit cards but no great loss there (the "tax on the poor" I spoke of - basically kick-backs to high rollers with the high margin cards that generally charge the highest merchant fees).
https://www.nerdwallet.com/au/credit-cards/credit-card-merchant-fees

SheamusPatt,
@SheamusPatt@mstdn.ca avatar

@sik0fewl Just scanning the net and discovered that #Telus has backed down after customer complaints - they're back to burying the interchange fee in their charges. Of course, customers aren't really saving money as a result - it's back to everyone pays.
#CanadianTire has successfully made credit card customers pay for years by giving less #CashBack on their points cards (Canadian Tire money) for credit card payments. No one else seems to get away with this though.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/telus-credit-card-fee-1.6882341

sik0fewl,

Ugh, that's disappointing. Probably the same people complaining about inflation, too.

Kelsenellenelvial,

It’s a shitty game. The worst part to me is that there’s a whole culture of avoiding credit card debt(which is good), that cut out credit cards altogether and many are never even aware that they’re leaving those rewards on the table let alone the other benefits (fraud protection, extended warranties, price protection, etc.) that are commonly available for credit card purchases.

I think the fee structure could be better, and that would change a lot. In many ways, the merchant fees are worthwhile as the transactions are easier to process than cash, there’s merchant side protections from fraud, it reduces crime(businesses having less cash on hand), etc… The issues are that pricing is negotiable so companies that do the biggest volume pay the lowest fees, its percentage based which hurts companies that tend to have higher transaction values, and bigger companies get more benefit from being able to track customers by their card.

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