| 4:49 am on Dec 2, 2000 (gmt 0)|
Yeah, I know what you mean. I felt the same way when this story first broke in April, but take a close look at your chargebacks, are you anywhere near those percentage levels?
From research I did a while ago, the card associations are really targetting the card processors that use their merchant account to accept transactions on behalf of other vendors. They want a method to shut down the bad ones. I wouldn't worry just yet, the good ones are still around, the bad ones have closed their doors, but it bears watching just the same.
| 4:18 pm on Dec 2, 2000 (gmt 0)|
I thought I heard a story on NPR a few months ago about an anti-trust case against Visa and MC, but never heard what came out of it.
| 5:28 am on Dec 3, 2000 (gmt 0)|
I'll take your advice, I see what you mean but I'm still spooked.
Sears, Walmart and some others were sueing VISA/MC in an anti-trust case. I think it is still in the courts.
| 10:54 pm on Dec 3, 2000 (gmt 0)|
>Sears, Walmart and some others were sueing VISA/MC in an anti-trust case.
Isn't Sears tied to the Discover card? That thickens the plot a bit.
| 1:42 pm on Dec 5, 2000 (gmt 0)|
If I remember correctly, the player with the most issues was AMEX. One of the issues was the no compete agreement Visa and MC had. Also, I seem to recall one of them having the smart card technology and not using it because the other one wasn't capable yet. The report I heard tried to make them sound as worthy of an anti-trust case as Microsoft's.
| 9:31 am on Dec 20, 2000 (gmt 0)|
>>Isn't Sears tied to the Discover card? That thickens the plot a bit.<<
Come to think of it, Walmart, a.k.a. Sam's Wholesale is also tied to Discover/Novus.
Amex had some kind of case going. I understand the government is looking into an antitrust suit like the Microsoft suit against VS/MC. Saw that on the tv set. It is getting interesting.
| 1:40 pm on Jan 30, 2001 (gmt 0)|
Sears is no longer involved with the Discover Card. When Sears sold Dean Witter (or spun them off - I can't remember),Dean Witter took Discover Card with them. Morgan Stanley now owns Dean Witter and hence Discover Card.