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US Versus China Prepaid Cards: A comparison of the world's two largest prepaid markets

China has not caught a lot of attention from the global prepaid industry. But in 2009, the country recorded more than US$207 billion in sales of different types of prepaid products, making it the world's second largest prepaid market. This research note compares some key aspects of the prepaid markets in the U.S. and China and highlights some key differences, the reasons behind them, and the implications to the industry.