Amazon has informed customers in the UK that they will no longer be able to pay with Visa credit cards in the future. The reason is “the high fees that Visa charges for processing credit card payments.” In the Amazon notification from the the BBC quoted in a report, it was also said that the transaction costs should actually fall due to technological progress, but they will remain high or will even rise.
From January 19, payments will only be possible with Visa EC cards and credit cards from other providers, the email said. Amazon customers have been asked to change their payment method. However, Visa credit cards that were issued in another country are not affected by the regulation.
The credit card company reacted with incomprehension. “We are very disappointed that Amazon threatens to limit consumer choice in the future,” said a Visa spokesman. There are no winners. Visa has a long relationship with Amazon and they will continue to work on a solution so that customers can continue to use their credit cards at Amazon in the future, the spokesman said. (dpa / pma)