Main Street Denounces Hypocrisy of American Express "Small Business Saturday" Campaign

Small-business owners slam AmEx over Excessive Fees, Tax Dodging

A fact sheet on American Express’s abusive behavior toward small businesses and on the company’s tax dodging is available here 

Shop_Small_for_RealThe Main Street Alliance, a national network of small-business owners, is denouncing the hypocrisy of American Express for championing small-business shopping on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, while the credit card giant’s financial and tax practices hurt Main Street businesses every day.

Now in its fourth year, “Small Business Saturday” is the marketing invention of American Express, encouraging consumers to “Shop Small” the Saturday after Thanksgiving by using their American Express cards at participating businesses. American Express launched the marketing initiative just a month after the U.S. Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against the company in 2010.

Small-business owners criticize the company for imposing the credit card industry’s highest “swipe fees” at 3.5 percent, and for its record of tax dodging that includes stashing $8.5 billion in profits offshore, which are not currently subject to U.S. taxes.

The Main Street Alliance encourages consumers to support small businesses this holiday season by shopping locally and paying for their purchases with cash.

But, American Express?  Leave home without it.