Merchants Opposed To MasterCard Inc.’s (NYSE: MA) 3% Charge On Value Transactions

Retailers are opposing MasterCard Inc.’s (NYSE: MA) new offering that enables customers to pay for their products in installments.

MasterCard to charge merchants 3% of the buying price 

The payments industry behemoth has started informing retailers and banks that it plans to charge merchants 3% of the buying price every time a customer chooses to utilize the new scheme. Although they will be given the option to opt-out, merchants will be involuntarily registered in Mastercard’s new buy-now, pay-later service.

Some of the biggest shops in the nation were taken aback by the pricing, as many of them had previously reached separate agreements with credit card companies and buy-now, pay-later companies that may have prevented them from providing their clients with rival services. While the 3% fee is greater than any of the company’s standard rates for credit card acceptance it is still less than what the majority of independent buy-now, pay-later players charge for their goods, which has led some to embrace the new service.

The company’s EVP for products and engineering at Purchase Chiro Aikat said, “The promise of BNPL will fully be realized when everyone benefits — lenders, merchants and, ultimately, the consumer. When we built our program last year, we were deliberate in enabling another seamless and transparent way to pay, with the same levels of trust and security that’s expected from Mastercard.”

Merchants in dispute with MasterCard

The dispute is the most recent chapter in the protracted conflict between merchants, Mastercard, and competitor Visa Inc. According to the industry magazine The Nilson Report, merchants have become more vocal about the rising cost of receiving money transfers, with processing costs reaching $137.8 billion just last year.

As part of the networks’ response to an increase in consumer interest in spreading out the value of their purchases, Mastercard launched the installments scheme last year. The decision was made after startups like Afterpay and Klarna, which specialize in financial technology for the buy-now, pay-later market, had already sucked out upwards of $10 billion in yearly revenue from financial institutions.

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