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Beginning Sunday, merchants were given the option of charging a fee to customers who use credit cards. The fee must be clearly advertised by businesses that choose to impose it, and it does not apply to gift or debit cards. (Ross Dolan/Republic)

New fee possible on card purchases

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Checked your credit card receipts today?

On Sunday, merchants in the United States got the green light to charge customers who use credit cards a "surplus" or "checkout" fee for the convenience of using their cards. But some Mitchell stores aren't in a hurry to add the fee.

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Up until Sunday all fees associated with using a credit card had been shouldered by merchants.

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