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Sep 30, 2009

Want to Pay by Credit Card? Minimum Purchase $10.

“Minimum Credit Card Purchase is $10″.  If you have seen a sign like this at a retail store, you are not alone.  No matter what the sign says, if a merchant accepts credit or debit cards, you are allowed to use any card they accept for a purchase of any amount.  Merchants cannot, in any case, impose minimum or maximum purchase amounts for card payments.  Those who try to pull this off think they are being smart by avoiding merchant fees on small dollar items that may already have a thin profit margin.  What they don’t realize (or they do and think the customer will be naïve) is that they are in violation of card association operating guidelines.  They can also anger customers who must purchase more in order to pay by card. Continue reading →