Hidden ancillary charges hinder informed decisions

Ancillary charges in the pre-contract stage of a purchase, with "no realistic prospect of avoiding them", hinder the ability of consumers to make informed decisions.

26th February, 2012
Hidden ancillary charges hinder informed decisions
There has been a call for a ban on credit card surcharges. Photo: Thinkstock

Ancillary charges in the pre-contract stage of a purchase, with "no realistic prospect of avoiding them", hinder the ability of consumers to make informed decisions, according to the National Consumer Agency's legal adviser.

Barrister Sean Murphy said that such charges, including excessive credit and debit card fees, did not help to develop a competitive market. He said a strong case could be made for such charges to be curtailed or eliminated in "the twin interests...

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