[SATLUG] Altex website

herb cee hc at lookcee.com
Thu Jan 31 08:03:06 CST 2008

In Texas, a business cannot penalize
consumers who pay for a good or
service by using a credit card. Busi-
nesses that add a surcharge to those
who pay by credit card might be
violating provisions of the Texas
Finance Code. Usually those fees
can only be charged by government
entities, such as for the payment of
property or other taxes or other fees
required by a government agency.
However, businesses in Texas
can discount the regular retail price
of an item for consumers who pay
cash instead of using a credit card.
Consumers who are charged extra for
using a credit card should report it to
my office by calling us at 1-800-252-
8011 or filing a complaint online at

Travis Runty wrote:
> Alan:
> I believe you are correct that in Texas you cannot charge a CC surcharge by
> definition, however, the company can still tack on a "convenience" fee or
> whatever they want to call it for using a CC.  Kinda lame but its all what
> you call it I suppose...
> -Travis
> On Jan 30, 2008 10:17 PM, Alan Lesmerises <alesmerises at satx.rr.com> wrote:
>> Just keep in mind that in Texas, it is illegal to charge someone a
>> higher price for credit card purchases (vs cash), even if they call it a
>> discount if you don't use a credit card.  That has been ACS's practice
>> for years, and when I challenged them about it years ago, they pretty
>> much said they'll continue to do so as long as they get away with it.
>> If that's their attitude towards their customers, I'll never shop there
>> again ...
>> Justin Burdette wrote:

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