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Consumers are Constantly Robbed off via

October 28, 2009
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Unfair practices and astoundingly high bank fees continue to heat up debate in the credit card industry. In truth, this can all be summed up into one sentence: consumers are fed up with being constantly robbed off via the "swipe" fees that come with credit card usage. And as more and more consumer advocacy group and business organizations rally against these unfair practices, are the chances of Congress mandating credit card companies to modify their practices and play fair indeed higher?

Every year, apart from the late fees, interest, over the limit charges, and all other sorts of fees that credit card companies charge their consumers, billions of dollars actually go into the pockets of these companies via hidden fees, otherwise known as "interchange fees" or "swipe fees". Interestingly, these hidden fees never make it the monthly statements of their clients.

Aside from this, there is also the issue of credit card merchants being charged by the banks and credit card companies themselves whenever credit or debit cards are used to make transactions. Several major organizations and advocacy groups are rallying to have these interchange fees be reformed as well. These groups include the NRF or the National Retail Federation, the National Restaurant Association, the National Grocers Association, and the Americans for Financial Reform.

Mallory Duncan, the Senior VP and General Counsel of NRF, shares that without regulation, banks have all the freedom to drive prices of goods higher, and this can be done by charging the merchants higher fees for credit card usage. With the higher fees, merchants have no choice but to pass the extra cost off to the consumer market. In turn, every consumer of that particular credit card merchant will have to pay for products at higher prices ¨C everyone, meaning even the ones who pay cash for their purchases.

On the average, swipe fees for both MasterCard and Visa are pegged at roughly 2% of any product's selling price. At first bat, the figure would seem negligible. However, if you look at this from a global perspective, you can just imagine how much these credit card companies earn at the expense of their very own consumers!

These fees should indeed be regulated to avoid unjust practices whose effects we consumers have to endure. Merchants should also be allowed to come up with their own minimum swipe rate so that a fair rate can be determined. However, if it would be impossible to get rid of these swipe fees, then banks and credit card companies should find a better way to use the money earned. Brian J. Donovan, the CEO of Renergie Inc. suggests that the money earned from the fees could be deposited into a Natural Disaster Trust Fund, for instance.

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  • Larry
    With the Virgin / Barclaycard signature offer, there seems to be some consumer deception or maybe even outright fraud goin on.   I decided to jump on this offer..  read all the info on it..  was approved for their platinum card, paid the fee, then was only awarded 10,000 points instead of the advertised 20,000.   When i inquired about the less than advertised bonus points, Barclaycard claims only Signiture Visa cardmembers get the 20,000..  as a platinum cardholder, you don't qualify for that level of bonus, so you get 10k instead.   Well, in their current ongoing promotions, it states plain as day that....    Applicants approved for the Visa Signature or Platinum Card with $49 annual fee will receive 20,000 Bonus Points awarded to your Virgin America Rewards Account at the close of the first billing statement in which you make your first purchase or balance transfer (that is not returned or rescinded) and have paid the Annual Fee on the account (and such fee is not rescinded). They don't mention anything about a separate program for platinum cardholders..  However, trying to get someone to resolve this issue with either Virgin or Barclaycard seems to be rather impossible.. Seems to me they're simply drawing people in with the fraudulent offer, then simply saying, oh, we're sorry you don't qualify..  but thanks for signing up for our garbage credit card with insane fees..   
  • CreditLandCom
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  • Deborah Ellsworth
     would very much like to start a new credit history  by making payments on time I would tohave a credit card that is NOT PREPAYID! I don't need a card with a high limit just something to start a new credit history. Thank You Deborah Ellsworth
  • Deborah Ellsworth
    I would very much like to start a new credit line to get back on track. I DO NOT WANT A PREPAID CARD!! This new credit card if I am approved does not have to hace a high limit just something for me to start over again and prove myself ThankYou. D Ellsworth
  • Miss Edna
    there is a huge problem with the RFIP chip: it is easily compromised. There are already 'readers' in the form of what looks like a cellphone in a case, that scans all the info in the chip by merely walking near a person -- this 'reader' penetrates leather, cloth, spandex, etc. The only thing it will NOT penetrate is METAL. Perhaps one has seen commercials touting metal credit card cases. Here is my hint for a free fix: cut a piece of aluminum foil or use the foil that is used to keep foods fresh, like coffee. Cut it so that when folded once, it forms a sleeve for your credit card. place the credit card in the sleeve, then place the sleeve in your wallet.
  • Robin Parks
    I am looking to apply for the AARP Visa signature card from Chase that offers $100 after spend $500 in first 3 months, no annual fee and 0% interest first year; I don't want to mail in offer because of having to write in Social security #. Can you direct me to the proper on-line site?
  • CreditLandCom
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  • Becky
    This is Becky Now what do I do just waqit for acard to come to me?
  • CreditLandCom
    Once you have applied, you should receive a letter within 10 business days letting you know if you were approved and when your card will arrive. If you did not receive any letter or notification from the issuer, you should contact them directly. Also, you should contact the issuer if you’ve been waiting for your credit card longer than 30 days. Since we are not a bank and don’t issue credit cards, we cannot give you any information about your application or credit card.
  • SavingStar
    Thank you for posting about SavingStar. Just to clarify one sentence in your article, we have over 5 million members (not 500). Thanks, Josh
  • CreditLandCom
    Sorry for the misprint. We’ve corrected the sentence. Thank you for noticing that.
  • Eric
  • John Stifler
    I think almost all people that familiar with internet, will hardly fall to these scams, but for now, I think people that use computer but don't familiar with internet things, and they has a phone line at their home, they should be warned more than internet users. I think senior people usually got scammed by these kind of "tech support" scams. Found so many reports about them since years ago at complain board sites like http://callercenter.com. We as younger, and know more about this stuff, should help and share information to they who needed it, especially older people.
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