Amazon will stop accepting Visa, MasterCard in some international markets

Amazon announced in a press release Thursday that beginning in February, the e-commerce giant will stop accepting Visa credit cards in the United Kingdom, as well as the Canadian dollar, Swiss franc, Australian dollar, Singapore dollar, Japanese yen, Swedish krona, Norwegian krona, Swedish krona, Russian ruble, Brazilian real, and Turkish lira.

In addition, Amazon will stop accepting MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover plastic cards in the U.K. and Canada.

“We’re lowering the amount of cards accepted on Amazon.co.uk to make the site simpler and more intuitive to use for our customers,” Amazon stated in the release. “As a result of this change, we won’t be accepting credit or debit cards from most merchants on Amazon.co.uk, including all Visa and MasterCard credit cards, and all Visa, MasterCard, American Express, AmEx, Discover, and Diners Club cards.”

Brian Olsavsky, Amazon’s CFO, explained in a recent interview that although Amazon doesn’t plan to begin accepting the Dollar.com Visa, it should still have a strong relationship with the site.

“We have a very positive relationship with Dollar.com,” he stated, adding that the site has “definitely” entered into some new program terms.

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