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The Inherent Limitations Of The Contactless Card

This week saw an announcement from the UK Cards Association that the transaction limit on contactless cards had been raised from £20 to £30 to cover the average supermarket spend of £25. This is also in response to the news that the first half of 2015 saw £2.5bn spent on contactless transactions, compared with £2.3bn for the whole of 2014. Apple Pay has followed suit, although some retailers are considering scrapping the limit altogether given the authenticated nature of the transaction.

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Familiarity and Security Lead to Trust

There are lots of factors that separate a successful payment method from an unsuccessful one. Ease of use, the right industry support, the buzz of social media, all play their part, but none are as important as trust.

Money itself is predicated on trust, it’s a promise. Take the common banknote, for example. It has no intrinsic value in itself; it is a form of negotiable instrument known as a promissory note whereby the bank will pay the value of the note if so demanded. Even the value of money itself is entirely abstract, it’s what you can do with the value that’s important, and everyone has to agree to participate in the same way for it to work.

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