Suppose you go to the market and purchase some goods using your credit card issued by your bank. Definitely the bank is providing you this facility in return for some profit. Keeping in view the core principles of money and banking, please explain, who is paying the extra money to the bank for providing this facility: you, merchant or both, and why? Support your answer with logical reasons.
When a merchant gives a credit card slip to the credit card company or bank for processing, a percentage of each purchase—usually 1.5% to 5% of the purchase amount—is deducted. This “merchant discount fee” helps pay for the bank’s services and for the credit card system. By charging extra for credit card use, the merchant passes the discount fee on to customers.
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