Charges for online payment services are legal according to BGH


The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) in Karlsruhe ruled that merchants are allowed to charge a fee for payments made with online payment services such as Sofortüberweisung or Paypal.
Extra fee for payment by online payment service
Until now, it has always been disputed whether one may pass on the fees to the buyer when ordering and subsequently paying with a service such as Paypal, for example, or whether one may charge a fee for this. In order to gain certainty, the Wettbewerbszentrale has initiated a test case to clarify the issue. This is because, in contrast to online payment services, no fees may be charged for payment by credit card, direct debit or even bank transfer; this is prohibited by law.
In Thursday’s decision, the issue has now been clarified. Since online payment services involve the involvement of a service provider, a fee may be charged to customers here (Case No. I ZR 203/19). The service providers also provide additional services, such as checking...