MemberSince99 wrote:You know it will end up like everything else - they know we are a bunch of wusses who are too afraid to stand up for what we believe is right, so they will do this, we'll get upset, not use the cards for a while, then realize what a pain it is to carry around cash and deal with change and go inside and hand the clerk 100 bucks to fill your tank then go back in and figure out all your change, and so on, and we'll go back to using the cards and paying and letting them rape us financially. They know it, and if we are honest with ourselves we know it too. Meanwhile they will work on the next scheme to get more $$$ out of us, rinse and repeat and the cycle begins anew.
That may be for some, however not for all.
I happen to live in Texas so there is a law preventing surcharges. However, I am not opposed to paying in cash. I usually carry around several hundred with me at all times as a back up when readers are down.
The real problem with going back to a cash preferred society is most merchants do not want that much cash on hand. Do you really believe that the gas station wants someone that makes just over minimum wage to handle all that cash. Securing it every night will also be a problem. "Cash Prefered" business are subject to more thieft (by both employees and non-employees). Also there is the accounting side if this switch. Accounting is much harder IMO when cash is involved. Sure they may switch for a while but they may see their profits drop and will drop the charges again.
Just something to think about...