Visa CEO Ready to Slap PayPal with Digital Wallet Fee
March 21, 2013 1:08 PM
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PayPal will undoubtedly pass new fees on to its customers
One thing every user of PayPal is certainly familiar with its fees. It now looks as though the company famous for its user fees will have the tables turned. Visa CEO Charlie Scharf recently suggested that the credit card company could impose a fee on digital wallet operators such as PayPal.
MasterCard has already announced it plans to charge a fee to digital wallet operators starting in June. Fears that other major credit card operators could start charging PayPal fees for transactions have hurt PayPal shares. PayPal currently pays standard credit card fees to Visa and MasterCard, as well as American Express. These fees are paid whenever a PayPal purchase is made with a credit card bearing one of the companies’ logos.
The new fees that are being considered are in addition to these standard credit card fees.
During the Barclays Emerging Payments Forum this week, Scharf said, "I think it is totally appropriate to do that."
PayPal has been making a big push into the retail market allowing users to pay for items in stores using their PayPal account. Some analysts believe that as a payment option in physical stores PayPal could be a threat to major credit card networks such as MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.
that it was reducing its fees in an effort to better compete with Amazon.com. While PayPal has yet to announce a fee increase, if PayPal begins getting charged more for transactions it would undoubtedly raise fees for customers.
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RE: Why the double fees?
3/22/2013 9:17:06 AM
You are actually losing a sizable amount of money by doing your spending in this way. For instance, I use eBay for virtually everything that I buy (whenever its cheaper anyway). Using my eBay mastercard, I rack up crazy points in doing this. I basically on average make about $40 a month in the form of paypal cash from my eBay mastercard. This really adds up and helps mitigate expenses on things that I would be buying anyway (PC Parts for myself and my customers). I don't carry a balance, so its always paid off. Therefore, I'm not really feeding the credit machine. I'm using them for every dime they are worth.
RE: Why the double fees?
3/22/2013 3:38:41 PM
Depends on the type of transactions you are doing. If you're interacting with a party who will not "eat" the paypal fees, then you either have to pay them yourself, or use a bank account.
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