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Walmart & Sams

Are these the same cards and is it better to apply in store or online? Also what kind of score should I look to have to have a chance of approval?
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Not the same card though you can use them at either store, but you can only get cashback from the store the card is from, so you can only get cash back at Walmart with the Walmart card, and only get cash back at Sam's Club with the Sam's club card.

 

Only the Walmart card comes with free TU fico once a month. Both will grow with you even if you start out small it will grow.

 

I think they give out cards with about a 650 or higher, possibly lower with a good relationship with GE money bank and/or high income. If you fico is above 720 they may offer you the discover version. Upgrades of the Walmart store card to Discover card usually takes a year or two.  And are GE initiated no way to request as a customer.

 

You may find an instore offer of $20 or more cash back with your approval for the card and you spend $100, getting such deals when you apply online is more difficult.
So in store is usually best, a pre-approved offer may pop-up when you are checking out at Sam's club.

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I started out with the Walmart store version and it upgraded to a Discover in a little over a year. I like the free TU score and they give 1% back on purchases which isn't much but it's something. Once you are upgraded to the Discover then go to SAMs and apply for their discover because there's a 99% chance you'll be approved, ( unless something crazy happens in your credit profile), and they will give you a generous limit to boot...that's what I did...

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AFAIK if you are willing to take a HP if you have the store card they can look into an upgrade on a HP.



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Re: Walmart & Sams

On the Walmart card, better to apply in store or online or does it really matter?
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IMO It doesn't matter ive seen it go good either way.



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Re: Walmart & Sams

Did you have a high score when you applied? Just not sure how much I trust the TU credit score of 764 it gave me.
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Re: Walmart & Sams


HYPASS33 wrote:
Did you have a high score when you applied? Just not sure how much I trust the TU credit score of 764 it gave me.

Mine was around 700 when I got the Sams Discover $2500 CL




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I got the in store offer for 20.00 credit off my first 100. purchase. But I didnt get the credt. I waited for a few months thinking it would take a while. When I called the number on the back of my card and explained the situation they were nice enough to credit my account the 20.00 .

Also as a side note/fyi I accidentally missed a payment by one day,so when I called to ask if it would hurt my account at all (it didnt) the person actually took off the late fee without me even asking. Since I just pif that day it resulted in a negative balance lol . So when I go on my manills APP ,or sign into my account online is has a negative number.
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The Sams version usually gets a higher CL but the Walmart version gets you the free FICO.  Get the Walmart version.  The CL will climb very fast being a GE card.

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