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In recent news, Mastercard and Visa have reached a $30 billion settlement in an anti-trust lawsuit that dates back to 2005. This settlement means that small businesses will pay lower fees to credit card companies whenever a customer makes a payment using a credit card. This news is welcomed by many small business owners, who already face numerous challenges in today’s economy.

Ashley Ryan, owner of Stash Apparel and Gifts on Brookside, is one such business owner who has long struggled with the high fees associated with credit card transactions. With the majority of her customers paying with credit cards due to the prevalence of digital transactions, she has had to bear the brunt of these costs. Currently, small businesses like hers pay around 3 to 4 percent in fees for every credit card transaction, which can add up significantly over time.

Ryan discusses how credit card transactions have become the norm in today’s society, with customers preferring the convenience and rewards associated with card usage. However, she also emphasizes that these transactions come at a cost to businesses, as they are charged higher fees for customers who earn rewards or points through their credit card purchases. Any savings in fees for small businesses like hers is seen as a valuable opportunity to reduce costs and stay competitive.

While the settlement still requires approval from a federal judge, it sets a cap on the fees businesses pay to credit card companies until 2030. At that point, both parties will need to renegotiate the terms. This potential cost-saving measure offers hope to small business owners like Ashley Ryan, who are constantly looking for ways to manage expenses in an increasingly challenging economic landscape.

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