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"The only way the merchant can protect himself is by increasing prices right across the board," Brisebois said.
But Aitken said without changes, merchants will continue to face high costs and consumers, even those who use cash, will continue to pay higher prices.
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the end of the month when their statement arrives.
"Visa and MasterCard's anti competitive behaviour hurts businesses and consumers alike," Aitken said in a release.
The bureau began its investigation into the matter in April 2009 after receiving complaints from merchants and their associations.
Canada's Competition Bureau has credit card giants Visa and MasterCard in its crosshairs.
European Union, they've lost and prices have come down.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business also welcomed the news, calling it an early Christmas gift for retailers. Whereas the Consumers Association of Canada said it was disappointed by the bureau for siding with the "well organized merchant lobby."
Together, Visa and MasterCard processed more than 90% of all Canadian credit card transactions last year, representing more than $240 billion in purchases. The bureau estimates merchants in this country pay $5 billion in hidden credit card fees annually.
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Competition commissioner Melanie Aitken alleges the rules eliminate competition between the two, impose "hidden fees" on retailers and ultimately jack up prices for consumers.
Current rules prohibit merchants from applying a surcharge to a purchase on a high cost card. And if retailers accept one card by Visa or MasterCard they are forced to accept all similarly branded cards, even premium cards that come with significant costs to merchants.
Visa and MasterCard fired back at the bureau Wednesday saying the rules are designed to give customers at the checkout counter more choice.
Both suggested that in Australia, where surcharges are permitted, many retailers abuse the power for profit. And retailers can offer discounts and other incentives to customers paying cash or debit, they said.
MasterCard executive Don LeBeuf said business owners can contact their bank about blended flat rates for fee predictability.
Merchants here pay between 1.5% and 3% sometimes more of each purchase to accept Visa and MasterCard.
Competition Bureau takes aim at Visa
"Allowing merchants to surcharge on credit card purchases will expose consumers to potentially predatory practices by merchants," CAC president Bruce Cran said.
said one of the biggest problems with current practice is sticker shock.
That's nearly double what business owners pay in Europe, New Zealand and Australia, the commissioner argues.
The bureau has filed an application with the Competition Tribunal to strike down what it calls "restrictive and anti competitive" rules the pair impose on retailers.
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