I Signed On To Sell Clothes, Not Force Magazine Subscriptions On People

I Signed On To Sell Clothes, Not Force Magazine Subscriptions On People

L. works at a popular retailer of plus-sized women’s clothing, Avenue. Selling clothes is the job that she signed on for, and she doesn’t have a problem with that. It’s the credit cards and magazine add-ons her company wants employees to push on customers that make her uncomfortable. She vented in an e-mail to Consumerist about why this bothers her so much. [More]

Best Buy Employee: Pressure To Cram Credit Cards Down Customers’ Throats Now Intensifying

Best Buy Employee: Pressure To Cram Credit Cards Down Customers’ Throats Now Intensifying

The next time you’re shopping at Best Buy, try not to get too angry when employees attempt to cram store credit cards down your throat. They’re not personally out to scam you, or hawking cards to line their pockets. They’re just trying not to get written up, reprimanded, or fired. A very insightful tipster who works at a Best Buy somewhere in the United States shared with us the impossible credit application quotas now in place. Update: The tipster reports that Best Buy management has backed down on this particular threat. Hurray! [More]

What You Should Know About Store Credit Cards

What You Should Know About Store Credit Cards

It might be tempting to open a store-only credit card, especially when you’re about to make a big purchase and retailers offer big discounts to open an account on the spot. The problem is, that card you may only use a few times per year might hurt your credit score enough to outweigh a 15% discount on a new suit. These problems will persist even if retailers are forced to verify customers’ income before issuing them cards. [More]

HSBC Really, Really Doesn't Want Reader To Cancel Best Buy Credit Card

HSBC Really, Really Doesn't Want Reader To Cancel Best Buy Credit Card

James applied for a Best Buy Mastercard from HSBC. The initial application was easy enough, but the three separate confusing calls from outsourced customer service reps, and the low limit and annual fee on the card he eventually received led him to cancel his account. This should have been a straightforward transaction, but company representatives tried to bully James into keeping the credit card.