It has been said that there's a "cash discount" because the merchant does not have to pay 2% to the CC company.But there are also costs to handling cash, e.g. thecost of theft, paid for as insurance, security guards and accounting systems. I have no idea if the cash is more expensive to handel than CCs, but the answer would affect whether people "deserve"a discount for using cash.At least a few merchants prefer cash because it lets them cheat on taxes.
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