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Pros and Cons of a Charge Card

Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 1:33 PM
Charge cards are similar to credit cards but require you to pay in full every month. According to this CNNMoney.com article
Charge cards generally make sense only if you're a big spender; they tend to offer richer rewards than credit cards do
The downside is high annual fees (any annual fee is too high for me). According to the article, the annual fees of the American Express charge cards range from $25 to $450. Do you use charge cards?
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Ken TuminKen Tumin5,442 posts since
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1. Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 3:50 PM
A charge card would be perfect for many people if there isn't an annual fee. No chance for overdraft fees. No interest. Good rewards. I wonder how much annual fees really contribute to the issuer's bottom line. If they eliminate the annual fee and dial down the rewards a bit, charge cards would beat the hell out of debit cards.
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AnonymousAnonymous2,281 posts since
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2. Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 5:05 PM
I'm thinking the annual fee helps them make up for the lack of revenue from interest and overdrafts. I haven't noticed charge cards before so I'll have to keep a look out for these.
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Ken TuminKen Tumin5,442 posts since
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3. Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 12:03 AM
What would be the point? Why would I want to have 1% cashback card (very pedestrian reward - almost every other card offers that and there are 2% and even 5% reward cards out there), pay in full every month as I do anyway, and yet pay annual fee for the privilege? Doesn't make any sense. Maybe it makes sense for people with no credit score or bad credit.
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AnonymousAnonymous2,281 posts since
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4. Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 11:55 AM
AmEx charge cards have lot more priviledges beyond just charging....
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