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AllsGravy Posted 3 weeks ago
Amazon have said they will stop accepting UK issued Visa credit cards from 19th January.

They blame “the high fees Visa charges for processing credit card transactions.”


How do we pay then? Direct debit doesn’t carry the same insurance cover.

Edit: So, the BBC et al are not reporting the full story. This is only happening to UK issued visa cards because Brexit allowed the removal of the EU fees cap that Visa can charge on transactions. Similar to us paying high roaming charges post-Brexit.

We keep winning!

31 replies
    • Mad Ralph 17th November 2021 at 6:05 pm

      Changing your card would be the only answer I suppose. 🤷🏻‍♂️

      • AllsGravy 18th November 2021 at 11:34 pm

        A bit more research has uncovered that the likelihood is that all UK card companies will now raise their transaction fees in the same manner as mobile networks raised their roaming charges once we lost the protection of EU legislation to cap rates.
        Brexit Yay!👏

    • Mad Ralph 17th November 2021 at 6:06 pm

      Or shop somewhere else 👍

    • Steve in Kent 17th November 2021 at 6:32 pm

      Use a Debit not a credit card

    • MalcolmC 17th November 2021 at 11:00 pm

      They will still accept Mastercard credit cards (at the moment)

    • Vixster 20th November 2021 at 3:15 pm

      They also want you to use their own credit card of course! Stop using them.

      • Robert K 20th November 2021 at 3:22 pm

        Amazon is like a steamroller, devastating everything in its path. We (society) are encouraging it of course – I mean who wouldn’t like to receive a potato peeler tomorrow? Where is the advance of Amazon going to end – I don’t know, but I think we are going to be sorry.

    • SelsdonLion 20th November 2021 at 3:25 pm

      Presumably if your go direct to the supplier you can use any card they accept?

    • SelsdonLion 20th November 2021 at 3:30 pm

      If this isn’t scheduled to happen till January it sounds more like a negotiating tactic with Visa to get them to reduce their fees. Can’t say I’m fussed to be honest

      • AllsGravy 21st November 2021 at 3:04 am

        The cost will always ultimately fall on the consumer without wider protection – which our government doesn’t want us to have -Tory party donors profit. Like it didn’t want to stop shell companies & offshore banking (the money hoarding and the tax cheating) so it conjured up a hundred other reasons that resonated with the plebs to leave the EU.

        • SelsdonLion 21st November 2021 at 12:33 pm

          At the end of the day it’s a battle between two giant US multinationals and while it’s convenient to use Amazon and Visa, there are alternatives to both, so it’s of very little interest to me. I think there are more important things for the government to be focused on at the moment.

        • Suz Soh 24th November 2021 at 4:03 pm

          Winter is coming …..UK govt still ignorant about how to control/cap inflation impact on businesses and consumers in UK? Bank Of England will soon increase interest rates and so on…the ripple effects of world events and oligopolies like Amazon, Visa, Klarna, BT, energy prices, petrol etc etc…UK consumers need to be protected by govt setting “caps” like the EU caps to stop excessive hikes like mobile roaming, data, holidays abroad using UK-issued credit cards etc

        • SelsdonLion 24th November 2021 at 4:23 pm

          The way to control inflation is to increase interest rates but the Bank of England has held off doing that for now. I expect that they will increase rates soon though.
          There are always unforeseen consequences when you interfere in the market. It never works well. The best way to keep prices down is to ensure there is a free market with plenty of competition.

        • Suz Soh 24th November 2021 at 4:33 pm

          Sure, but for now with Covid since 2020, many competitors have fallen away leaving us exposed to the greedy giants – so many UK companies “bought” by foreigners esp greedy venture capitalists, VC who do not care about the real business like supermarket food suppliers (local farmers) etc…hence I try my best to buy from local butchers, bakers etc go to local cafes instead of Starbucks, Costa etc…these chains with VC funding have “killed off” local independents. Funnily enough…AMAZON that “killed off” so many bricks & mortar bookshops, HMV music stores, Woolworths etc….NOW are opening physically stores with CCTV cameras and contactless virtual cashiers — simply helping themselves to your bank accounts as you walk out of the stores —so much for controlling inflation and over-consumption?? So many are now living off credit cards and payday loans because of BNPL like Klarna and Amazon etc dark stores….sorry for this…but the list goes on…GOVT need to protect consumers…from these tech giants and VCs.

        • AllsGravy 24th November 2021 at 8:22 pm

          Oh! The EU! Those were the days, when EU membership cost each UK household £317 a year for which we got EHIC Health Cards, Freedom of Movement (we could affordably come and go to our winter sun apartments without 2hrs queuing at customs. We had staffed NHS and HGV drivers and farm hands and plumbers and other tradesmen – at competitive rates!), Frictionless Trade (we could sell our shitty fish), Free/capped roaming, 2 years product warranty, 10 years serviceability guarantee to encourage repair over replacement, Oh and 75 years of Peace!

        • Suz Soh 24th November 2021 at 9:32 pm

          Ya.. got the EHIC Health card, think there is a new type called Global Health Card now? The only thing about the EU are the “fat cats” sitting in Brussels paper-pushing and making more policies….more rules and so on…too much politics…?

        • AllsGravy 25th November 2021 at 1:26 am

          And what do you know of the measurement of bureaucracy that has delivered 75 years of peace in Europe? How exactly have you come to quantify “too much”? Did you take Nigel’s word as gospel because your views on immigration happen to coincide?

          Those bureaucrats (rather than fat cats) are what has kept our corrupt lot in check all these years (hence the story they spin.) With the ECJ Boris’s undemocratic acts currently being passed would be toast, and he knows it. One of the main reason a for Leave was because the EU were putting a stop to the offshore tax evasion that our Tories and their donors all enjoy so much! (That and human rights laws)

          An GHIC covers state healthcare treatment. With an GHIC you can get emergency medical care for the same cost as a resident in the country you’re visiting. (27 EU countries, not the 31 European countries of the old EHIC which gave us guaranteed FREE at the point of delivery treatment and repatriation).

        • Suz Soh 25th November 2021 at 9:33 am

          MEPs expenses : https://euobserver.com/democracy/152107

          Politics at home and abroad are never my cup of tea….all politicians are just saying things, doing PR for next elections or referendums…..FYI –Nigel was actually one of the “fat cats” in Brussels (pre-Brexit), not a supporter of him either sitting there being paid both ways by taxpayers…

          the trouble is there is an imbalance of power among EU nations….some are more dominant in Parliament being richer nations? the socio-economic cultures are too diverse – example: Germany/France…the poorer/smaller states know they have to “bow” to the bigger members? example Slovenia? https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20211118IPR17626/slovenia-meps-discuss-threats-to-media-freedom-and-democracy

        • Suz Soh 25th November 2021 at 9:42 am

          Also not a supporter of Brexit either despite the mentioned “pros & cons”….the current UK fiasco relating to NI is one example of the mess they (Brexiteers) did not foresee, or ignored when campaigning…also now they are experiencing the labour and supply chain issues (lack of truck drivers etc as you mentioned) –so those who voted for Brexit will see for themselves how things will turn out over the next 10 years…..Pros & Cons — like all choices we make, or politicians make…it is the “little people” the ordinary citizens who suffer the impact of those decisions….? However, what’s done is done –that’s democracy, right? so let history record in years to come how everything will pan out after Brexit? (very sad tho for the younger ones who no longer able to travel, work freely in EU, universities, busking musicians etc…) it is the less privileged who will suffer and the “rich ones” no problem…they are able to pay for all extra costs of travelling around EU and the world like Boris, Goldsmith, Elton, etc with second/third homes in EU and worldwide — homes of friends and cronies…Politicians’ perks LOL

    • Gerard371 20th November 2021 at 9:34 pm

      I’m waiting on an Amazon delivery now. It’s the place to go for technology products, Curry’s prices are higher. So I will have to update my card at some point, but I’ll leave it to the last minute.

    • Forestbather 21st November 2021 at 8:59 am

      Stop buying needless shit from an unethical company then.

      Think of it as global survival. Lol.

    • AEB 21st November 2021 at 9:30 am

      Stop buying from Amazon support your local shopping centres or we will loose them foe ever

      • AllsGravy 22nd November 2021 at 2:06 pm

        They have gone.

        • Suz Soh 24th November 2021 at 4:08 pm

          Am still supporting local bookshops, garden centres and so on….we need to protect local supply chains as Covid pandemic has shown…logistics worldwide cannot work during lockdowns, so we need to re-boot local economies now…support local producers, not tech giants that do not pay rents or taxes in home countries…? They exploit local workers – check out the Amazon warehousing issues, working long hours like slaves using apps to time them (penalties even for toilet breaks)…another reason to stop online shopping is eco-footprints like emissions from global shipping & our recycle bins are overflowing with Amazon cardboards, boxes, bubble wraps etc…my neighbours are simply dumping cardboard boxes all over the garden driveways…?

        • AllsGravy 24th November 2021 at 8:42 pm

          We have no book shop. We have a Boots, Mc Donalds, KFC, Costa, Nero, M&S Food, Sports Direct Barclays, Mega Bargains, Poundworld, CEX, Cash Converters, TH Bakers. That’s it. Every other store is either a charity shop, a pop-up charity shop, or boarded up. There are ‘out of town’ estates of sheds with supermarkets and furniture, electrical stores and pet supplies.

          Most things are therefore ordered online regardles, and involve packaging.

        • Suz Soh 24th November 2021 at 9:39 pm

          Ya… wonder how we all lived in old days before Amazon or Alibaba? We probably saved more, bought less trendy stuff that we don’t need (Black Fridays?) …nowadays is worse — we have food and groceries delivered on-demand within 10 mins??? wow…you should see the “dark stores” and riders zooming around Cambridge, London….supermarket shelves are now empty — cos the Amazon drivers and dark stores are picking up/stockpiling… all the stuff from local stores….Guess we all will see what happens over the years — as High Street life and market traders are “killed off”…? no more community in=person all will be online virtual “friends” liks FB’s metaverse?? LOL

    • Dutch Sonja 22nd November 2021 at 8:20 am

      Can I you use Paypall instead?

    • Mad Ralph 25th November 2021 at 10:04 am

      I use Apple Pay wherever possible but I don’t shop with Amazon so I don’t know if they accept it.