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Happy anniversary, swipe fee reform (Opinion Article)

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Happy anniversary, swipe fee reform (Opinion Article)

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October 1 marks the one-year anniversary of the implementation of debit card  swipe fee reform. It’s a reform that is working well and is a good start toward  bringing transparency and competition to debit and credit card swipe fees.


As a strong advocate of the free market system, I’m confident that I know a  free market when I see one. The credit and debit card swipe fee system is in no  sense a free market.



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Re: Happy anniversary, swipe fee reform (Opinion Article)

I haven't noticed any reductions in prices from merchants after the debit card swipe fee reform bill passed.  I disagree with the article that merchants didn't just pocket the difference.  They definitely did.  If a merchant is only making 1-3% profit on their goods, they clearly don't possess good business skills and I have a really hard time feeling sympathetic.

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