The History of Payments as Re-imagined by Barclaycard

To promote its mobile payments offering, Barclaycard has posted on YouTube their ligh-hearted take at the history of payments. I strongly encourage you to take a look, especially if you like English humour. Did you know that the barter system was named after its inventor Tony Barter? 🙂 By the way, that look on the last merchant’s face when he receives a mobile payment is funny, but expect to see something similar next time you try to pay by mobile. Mobile payments are coming, but it will take time, training and habit-breaking for all of us, merchants and consumers alike, to truly take these innovations to heart. Enjoy your summer!
Zilvinas Bareisis About Zilvinas Bareisis

Zilvinas Bareisis is a senior analyst with Celent's Banking practice. His research focuses on retail payments, including cards, e-commerce, and mobile payments. He has a global perspective with a particular emphasis on market developments in North America, the UK, and Europe.


  1. This is a good and really funny video. Nice one!

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