For the first time the total payment volume of debit cards in this country surpassed credit-card volume. As this article from Bloomberg.com explains, this trend will continue in 2010 as more taxpayers are trying to avoid incurring more debt. Considering the way of our economy at present, I think it absolutely great that people are being more conscientious about incurring more debt!
At San Francisco-based Visa Inc., the world’s biggest payments network, the total payment volume for debit cards increased by 7.9 percent in 2009 to $883 billion as credit-card volume declined by 7.3 percent to $764 billion. Volume for debit cards at No. 2 MasterCard Inc. in Purchase, New York, rose by 5.8 percent and 2.8 percent at No. 4 Riverwoods, Illinois-based Discover Financial Services.
“Consumers are turning from one form of plastic to another,” said James Van Dyke, President and Founder of Javelin. “Credit cards are falling out of favor as cardholders become more cautious and look for more conservative payment methods.”
Fifty-six percent of consumers said they had used a credit card in the past month compared with 87 percent who said they had in 2007, according to the study, which surveyed 3,294 people in November 2009 for that question. Other findings were based on data collected online from 5,211 respondents in March 2010 and 5,000 consumers in November 2009. If the rate of decline continues, 45 percent of consumers will reach for a credit card in 2010, the study said.