About The Blog

Debate at the intersection of business, technology and culture in the world of digital money, both commercial and government, a blog born from the Digital Money Forum in London and sponsored by Consult Hyperion



  • Add to
Technorati Favorites


  • Creative Commons

    Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike

    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

    Please note that by replying in this Forum you agree to license your comments in the same way. Your comments may be edited and used but will always be attributed.

« Small change we can believe in | Main | 2.5D Secure »

Is mesopayment a useful word?

By Dave Birch posted Nov 7 2008 at 3:51 PM

[Dave Birch] I was at Ian Harris' Gresham College lecture on commercial ethics, and whether teleological approaches can be reconciled with deonological processes in a procurement process, when I saw him use a word that had never occurred to me before in a payments context but I desperately needed. Ian was talking about the scale of decisions and used the simple categorisation of micro, meso, macro. Aha! Now it all makes sense. A payment of less than $1 is a micropayment, a payment of less than $10 is a mesopayment and a payment of over $10 is a macropayment and a payment of over $10,000 is a megapayment. Does my new classification scheme work?

Could someone offer a full service across all of these types of payment on the web? It has proved difficult so far: the telcos have done OK with micropayments (but a variety of bank and non-bank schemes have failed to get traction), PayPal has done well in mesopayments and credit cards are still used for macropayments. I'd happily use mine for megapayments as well but when you buy a car or something the merchant doesn't want to hand over a couple of percent to middlemen, so they prefer a bank transfer. With FPS up and running in the UK, you'd expect to see it take megapayment share, although there must be some concerns about consumer protection (once the money's gone, it's gone). There's consolidation across other boundaries already.

That simple equation spells trouble for Banks. How long will banks’ watch the likes of PayPal (with Bill Me Later) and Grameen (bankabillion with Obopay) taking away fundamental parts of banking.

[From PayPal + Bill Me Later = disruption for banks’ « The Bankwatch]

Let's put the two together. The combination of pushed e-billing with FPS to settle looks rather appealing. Instead of sending the school $700 to pay for my son's trip to Germany, they push me a bill for $700 that I pay via FPS from my web banking. Everyone's happy: I don't have to go find my cheque book, my son doesn't forget to hand in the cheque so the school calls me to ask for it two days before the trip and I don't have to give my bank account details and signature out to no-on in particular.

These opinions are my own (I think) and presented solely in my capacity as an interested member of the general public [posted with ecto]<


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Is mesopayment a useful word?:


This is a terrific point made here Dave. Payments are not micropayments. Payments are paying for things.

The comments to this entry are closed.