Amazon.com Inc. will stop accepting payments made using Visa credit cards issued in the U.K. starting next year.
Some customers were told of the changes this week. After making purchases they received a notification from Amazon saying that “starting 19 January 2022, we will no longer accept Visa credit cards issued in the U.K.” due to the high fees charged by Visa to process transactions.
Amazon customers can still use Visa debit cards, as well as MasterCard and Amex credit cards, as well as Visa credit cards issued outside of the U.K., according to the information it shared with customers.
“We are very disappointed that Amazon is threatening to restrict consumer choice in the future. When consumer choice is limited, nobody wins,” a Visa spokesman said in an email. “We have a long-standing relationship with Amazon, and we continue to work toward a resolution.”
Amazon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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