I guess "limited uses" covers one of my biggest gripes - you have to buy something from that store to keep it active, as opposed to my game to keep my couple of Visa/MCs I don't useactive, rotating my Netflix sub to toss them a swipe every few months.
I only have two store cards, Walmart & Lowes. Walmart was a rebuilder card and I used to use it alot, but now that I have much better rewards card I just use for occasional Walmart.com orders or a small in store purchase with cash back/over. When I first got my Lowes card I did do a fairly large flooring purchase on deferred interest, but the last several years I just stop twice a year and buy a garden hose or potted plant to keep it active. But "low credit limits" as a con? Walmart is $10k & Lowes $15k, but that's Synchrony.
My first CC was a JC Penny card. I wish I still had it as it would have been 40 years old by now. Used the right way, store cardss can help you build your credit profile and also get you some great deals too.
The repeating need/want for 0% deferred int. pymt plans are great. So if there is a repeating need; it's not a mistake. I just app when I see a need....long term need. Btw, I still end up pif or ride it out 2 months maybe but not usually. Choices!
1. Lowe's (love the pymt. flexibility over the Amex Lowe's Rewards and Lowe's Pro) Have all 3, have 3 options.
2. Home Depot (love the pymt. flexibility, but love swiping the Amex Lowe's Rewards there for spite, & pts. lol!) Boo hiss hard pull happy Citi.
3. Care Credit (Love, store swiper....hoping for the MC invite one day) Baby products, healthcare products, deferred int. great to fill Ins. gap.
4. Car Care (another keeper...purchase gas-don't recommend, widely excepted in auto shops, deferred int. plan)
5. Wayfair.....large purchase? up to 48 months! crazy good or take the discount.
6. HSN (no longer have, miss it much! Miss Flexpay)
7. Amazon Net55 (meh-no deferred pymt plan..fail) Just got the Amex Amazon...much better, use anywhere plus pts. or 60 days.
For the most part, they all have payment options that beat the heck out of the revolvers when you need them to.
But there is the flipside it lowers your credit based insurance scores which increases premiums.
Nobody has ever been able to actually specify how much of an impact these cards have on actual rates though. If it was as much as people seem to think, we would certainly hear about it and store cards wouldn't be as popular as they are.
I don’t think anybody’s tracked it to quantify it we just know it’s a negative reason code at LN.
What if they are store cards but are visa/mc/amex? Does that negate the neg. reason code?