Walmart to stop accepting Visa cards in Canadian stores
Walmart soon won’t accept your Visa card.
A spokesperson for Walmart Canada said that the fees associated with Visa are just too expensive.
“Following an evaluation of credit card transaction fees in Canada and the rest of the world, we have recently concluded the fees applied to credit card purchases are unjustifiably high,” Alex Roberton told Global News in an email.
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“Unfortunately, Visa and Walmart have been unable to agree on an appropriate fee for Visa transactions.”
The change will start with three stores in Thunder Bay on July 18, and then be rolled out across the rest of the country. So far there is no official time frame for when your local store will stop accepting it.
Roberton says the retail giant, which has over 400 stores across Canada, knows that it’s a blow to Canadians.
“We sincerely regret the impact this will have on our customers that use Visa and remain fully committed to reaching an agreement with Visa,” he said.
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The move comes during a long legal battle between Walmart and Visa. In 2014, Walmart brought a legal suit against the credit card company for what it called “swipe fees.” In May, the retail giant sued Visa over how the companies verify a card purchase, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Visa believes the rate they offered Walmart was fair and said they are disappointed with the retail giant’s decision.
“Walmart made this business decision despite Visa offering one of the lowest rates available to any merchant in the country,” the company informed Global News in an emailed statement. “We are disappointed that Walmart chose to put their own financial interests ahead of their own consumers’ choice. “
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