AGENCY COSTS Definition

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AGENCY COSTS is the incremental costs of having an Agent make decisions for a principal.

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CHARGEBACK, in the credit industry, occurs when a credit card processor 'charges back' to the merchant the cost of returned items or incorrect orders that the customer claims were made to his or her credit card.

DIRECT COST is that portion of cost that is directly expended in providing a product or service for sale and is included in the calculation of COST OF GOODS SOLD, e.g. labor and inventory (it can be traced to a given cost object in an economically feasible manner). Opposite of indirect cost.

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