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New Visitor

high number of accounts

i have 57 open credit card accounts.    should i cancel newer accounts opened? how many  should i cancel? i do not want to lower my score which is almost 800. any insight?
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Epic Contributor

Re: high number of accounts

If the accounts are not hurting your credit, which with 800, clearly they are not I wouldn't worry about it. I have 2 rolodex' to hold all my cards and I have them back to back!

 

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New Visitor

Re: high number of accounts

thanks for the reply. the only negative in my report flags my number of open accounts as being too high. i am not complaining about my score, but in these times it seems as though a great score is getting higher and higher. i am just looking ahead as i do not need all these cards, but i am concerned i may lower my score by getting rid of some.  
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Epic Contributor

Re: high number of accounts

you could start with the cards that you have more of 1 at the same bank and combine them together. that way you wouldn't loose any cl and wouldn't loose the oldest account but would consolidate down.
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New Visitor

Re: high number of accounts

great idea as i have multiple cards with a few banks. i never knew that. thanks. as for the rest of my excessive accounts i guess i should quit while i am ahead as my balences are very low.
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Moderator Emeritus

Re: high number of accounts

With a FICO score of 800, I wouldn't do anything. Your score is EXCELLENT, so if it ain't broken, why fix it.
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New Visitor

Re: high number of accounts

thanks fused, i guess i have just worked hard on achieving good credit and hate to see anything negative in these times, especially.
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Senior Contributor

Re: high number of accounts

may i ask why the 2 of you (OP & CreditAddict) have so many cards in the first place?
Latest scores: Walmart TU: 769. MyFICO TU: 769. DCU EQ: 755. MyFICO EQ: 780. PSECU EX: 756. MyFICO EX: 780.
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Epic Contributor

Re: high number of accounts

haha, don't you see my name.

I use to keep old credit cards because I liked to lay them out on the floor and see what I use to have. I have gotten much better! it's a process.

but then I compare myself with the world record, he had 1146... ALL ACTIVE! 1.6 million in credit line i think it was.

 

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Established Contributor

Re: high number of accounts

I'd cancel any newer cards that have an annual fee.  No need to throw away that money!
Message Edited by Mike14 on 10-27-2008 10:07 PM
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