Sunday, October 30, 2005

The price of safety

An interesting statement of the Consumer Union in the Dutch opinion magazine Elsevier. While in previous years consumers did not have the option to pay safely over the web (banks should work on that) the Consumer union now advises its customers to not use the now developed product iDeal for payments below 10 euro. Their main reason is that the price to the merchant for those payments would be too high. And this fee will have to be borne by the consumer eventually.

Quite an interesting line of resoning. Similarly they could advice consumers not to buy at merchants that use Microsoft servers rather than Unix alternatives. The reason being that the higher cost of merchants that use Microsoft eventually needs to be borne by the consumer.

Or am I missing something here?