ISOs are fretting about the possibility that retailers might start surcharging consumers at the point of sale for interchange fees, but most merchants dread the very idea of surcharging. Instead, merchants may use their newfound freedom to surcharge as a wedge in negotiating new contracts.

The hubbub has ensued in the days since Visa Inc. and MasterCard International gave merchants explicit permission in a legal settlement to tack on surcharges.

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