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Paying with Plastic The Digital Revolution in Buying and Borrowing

ISBN-10: 026255058X
ISBN-13: 9780262550581
Edition: 2nd 2005
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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 12/17/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The payment card business has evolved from its inception in the 1950s as a way to handle payment for expense-account lunches (the Diners Club card) into today's complex, sprawling industry that drives trillions of dollars in transaction volume each year. Paying with Plasticis the definitive source on an industry that has revolutionized the way we borrow and spend. More than a history book, Paying with Plasticdelivers an entertaining discussion of the impact of an industry that epitomizes the notion of two-sided markets: those in which two or more customer groups receive value only if all sides are actively engaged. New to this second edition, the two-sided market discussion provides useful insight into the implications of these market dynamics for cardholder rewards, merchant interchange fees, and card acceptance. The authors, both of whom have researched the industry for more than 25 years, also examine the implications of the recent antitrust cases on the industry as well as other business and technological changes -- including the massive consolidation brought about by bank mergers, the rise of the debit card, and the emergence of e-commerce -- that could alter the payment card industry dramatically in the years to come.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Plastic Cards
From Seashells to Electrons
More Than Money
From Gourmets to the Masses
From Sardi's to Saks.com
It Takes Two to Tango
Co-opetition and the Payment Card Ecosystem
System Wars
Issuer Brawls
Backroom Battles
The Antitrust Wars
On the Brink
And They Don't Take Cash
Sources and Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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