3 Reasons Why Bitcoin Beats Credit Cards for Businesses & Consumers

3 Reasons Why Bitcoin Beats Credit Cards for Businesses & Consumers

Unreasonably high card fees continue to be borne by retailers and ultimately by consumers. Merchants are paying billions of dollars to have issuers process their debit and credit card transactions. The high transaction fees issuers charge retailers is despite the 42 percent cost reduction card issuers have achieved over the past five years. Another issue....


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