EBay to Remove American Express As Payment Option on Their Marketplace

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EBay Inc. will stop accepting American Express Co. cards as a payment option on its online marketplace due to “unacceptably high fees.

EBay plans to notify customers this week about the change, which will take effect on August 17.

“After careful consideration, eBay has decided to no longer accept American Express globally effective August 17 due to the unacceptably high fees American Express charges for processing credit card transactions,” the email states.

The two companies have been negotiating the merchant discount rates — also known as interchange fees — charged by Amex at the point of sale.

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These fees, incurred each time a card is used in a transaction by the respective payments network, have long been a burden for merchants. One trade group reported that retailers paid more than $172 billion in card-processing fees last year.

Amex, however, argues that its fees are comparable to what eBay must pay to accept similar cards on other networks like Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc., while providing more value.

“American Express Card Members have an average transaction size at eBay that is more than double the transaction size of cards from other networks,” New York-based Amex said in a statement.

“We find eBay’s decision to drop American Express as a payment choice for consumers to be inconsistent with their stated desire to increase competition at the point of sale.”

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Competitors of eBay — including Amazon.com Inc. — have made similar moves while negotiating transaction fees. Amazon threatened to stop accepting all Visa cards on its global network before eventually reaching a deal. Amex has also lost deals, such as its once-exclusive agreement with Costco Wholesale Corp., over its terms.

EBay has lost significant market share to other e-commerce giants like Amazon and Walmart Inc. in recent years, and last month, it provided a weaker-than-anticipated earnings outlook for the current quarter.

Globally, shoppers are expected to spend $73.4 billion on the marketplace this year.

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