Why You Should Negotiate With Your Credit Card Company

In these rough economic times it is understandable why so many consumers believe that they do not have much leverage when it comes to negotiating a better deal with their credit card issuer. While no doubt times are tough all over, you can still effectively get a better deal on your credit cards in the form of lower interest rates, waived fees and even higher credit limits.

It is true that many credit card companies are canceling accounts that are used little or not at all, raising interest rates, lowering credit limits and increasing fees. The fact of the matter is that these are unprecedented times and the card issuers are facing monumental loses due to cardholder defaults and charge-offs. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you just have to accept what the card issuer dictates to you.

Truth be told, cardholders have more room to negotiate than they may have thought. The last thing the credit card companies need now is to lose more customers. The key here is persistence. Do not get discouraged. It is not always easy and it will take effort but at the end of the day it is most certainly worth it. Did you know that credit card companies pay upwards of $300 in marketing expenses just to attract a single customer? Losing a good account holder is the last thing they want to happen.

Get in the habit of communicating with your card company on a regular basis. By having a relationship with them you show that you will not just blindly accept the terms set forth by the issuer. Let them know that times are tough financially for you as well. Ask them to waive that annual fee or late fee. Haggle with them to get your APR lowered. It works ladies and gentleman, it really does work.

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