Terry wrote:I have not noticed signs about AMEX no longer accepted in this area. My policy is that if a merchant does not accept AMEX, they will not get my business. Some merchants think that not taking that card will save money, the reality is that they will actually loose business and therefore competitor shopping is practice many loyal AMEX customers follow.
I don't necessarily agree with this, although I see your point. How many people exclusively choose merchants based on the fact that they accept Amex? I suspect most people who carry Amex also carry at least one other Visa or MC, unless they need to use the Amex for business purposes, there isn't a reason to walk away from the cash register if the merchant doesn't accept Amex. Unless the customer is just determined to use his Amex.
Additionally, at least at one time, Amex charged the merchant a higher fee to accept their cards than did Visa or MC. I suspect by that posting, they still do.