Some businesses are now trying to use charge card fees, which have been in place for 50 years, as a reason to jack up their prices to consumers. When charge cards first came into wide use about 50 years ago, the advantages for businesses were that they saved a lot on processing costs of cash or cheques, the costs of bounced cheques, and they had reduced bad debts. They also got instant payment, improving cash flow, thus reducing financing costs. If they now want to charge a fee for payment by charge cards but still retain those benefits (for free), maybe everyone should go back to paying by cash or cheque. It is an entirely other matter as to whether the fees charged by the charge card companies to business are reasonable or not. The business surcharge, by trying to blame the charge card companies, is nothing but a very badly disguised cash grab by those businesses trying to pass on a fee that has always been there. Ian C. MacLeod Richmond, B.C.