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Have You Ever Opened a Store Credit Card Out of Sympathy?

Have You Ever Opened a Store Credit Card Out of Sympathy?

"No thanks" is my standard answer when salespeople suggest I open a store credit card. I know they're just trying to fill a quota placed on them by their managers, and in some cases they earn commission, but any sympathy I feel for them having to ask that dreaded question has never prompted me to open an account.

MSNBC recently shared the story of Mary Uhazi, who is struggling to repay the $60,000 she owes on credit cards. Mary's hours were recently cut at work, so it's tougher than ever to keep up with her debt, and she says the debt compiled without ever making any major purchases. She juggled 13 credit cards and admits that if someone asked her to open a store credit card, sometimes she would agree because she used to work in retail and knew the salesperson would get a commission.

Have you ever opened a store card out of sympathy?

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c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
if you work at debenhams in the uk, if you don't open up a certain amount of store cards per month (granted it's only about 3) you can get a warning..... not good.
Colleeninator Colleeninator 8 years
I used to work at Sears as a cashier and the rules that applied when I worked there were this: you have to get 3 customers out of every 100 NOT using a Sears card to apply for a card, or they have incentive to fire you (and it happened quite often). The monetary rewards were tiny. I think it was something like two dollars per application AFTER you had gotten five applications for the month (or maybe pay period...) I absolutely HATED pushing the cards and when I realized that if I worked in the right places people that needed credit would come in and ask to apply I stopped asking. The interest rates on those suckers STARTED at 24%!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
No way. I'd rather just use my regular credit card and get the cashback reward from it. When my sis worked at Menards, my dad opened a Big Card so she'd get a commission and then just paid the balance right away.
floppyfish1986 floppyfish1986 8 years
I work at retail store and every store has a percentage of apps to denies to met, 0.7% or something. Each cashier is scored and it effects their yearly performance ratings and the front lane supervisors (me) have to get a certain amount of apps on their shifts. Its annoying but oh well!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
No. I have sympathy for others however not enough to create credit card debt.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
The reward/punishment depends on the store. Some stores just encourage you to sign people up, some set quotas, some pay you, some have drawings for prizes; it varies pretty widely.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
nope - i haven't but i've worked on the other side of it and it's not that we got a quota to make a certain amount of people sign up, we just got incentives to get more people to sign up (i.e. $1 per card or something)
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
no. and i think that feeling bad for someone is a lame excuse for racking up debt!
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Nope, and hate it when they are super pushy about it.
ayanaphil ayanaphil 8 years
I opened a Zale's account in April 2007 out of sympathy. Never used it and then closed it in May 2008. I actually just applied for a Best Buy card this morning, but with good reason.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
what store did she work for? most retailers don't give employees anything for opening a card!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Lyngay Lyngay 8 years
When I was young and stupid, yes. I am much better about debt now. I used to have at least half a dozen store cards, how insane is that? Ugh, I have a strict no-store-cards policy now.
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