Flores found that consumers with prepaid cards paid less than those with bank accounts when they used direct deposit.
To gain an accurate comparison of the costs to consumers using reloadable prepaid cards versus bank accounts for similar usage patterns, Flores reviewed the pricing of basic FDIC-insured checking accounts from the top four banks (by asset size) in the United States and the prices from the largest providers of network branded prepaid cards. The analysis utilized the consumer transaction pattern suggested in a recent study by consumer advocacy group Consumers Union.
At the low end consumers paid $76.35 for prepaid cards, and $218.35 for a basic checking account according to Flores’s analysis.
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