Previously, retailers were allowed to charge up to 20% on top of the price of goods when customers paid with debit or credit cards or smartphone payment systems.
However, as of Saturday 13th January, this was made illegal.
The ban will apply to all card payments, even if you use Paypal or Apple/Android Pay.
Is it illegal for stores to have a minimum debit card charge?
Whenever you pay with a credit or debit card, merchants have to pay fees to process your payment. As a result, some retailers set minimum-purchase requirements. Minimum-purchase requirements are technically not illegal, but they are certainly an annoyance to customers.
What states is it illegal to charge extra for credit card?
Eleven states—California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma and Texas—and Puerto Rico have laws that prohibit merchants from charging consumers with surcharges on credit card transactions.
Can shops charge for using PayPoint?
“Any shops charging a fee or encouraging customers to make a purchase should be flagged directly to PayPoint. “Asking for payment to use PayPoint services is in breach of PayPoint policy but is not illegal.
Can businesses charge a fee for paying with a debit card?
Under a court settlement that went into effect in January 2013, retailers in many states are allowed to add a surcharge to credit (but not debit) card payments made by Visa and Mastercard. Currently, merchants can pass along fees in the form of a surcharge equal to what they pay to accept the card, up to 4 percent.