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Credit Cards in Stores

October 29, 2007 | Updated on October 29, 2007
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It has been a long time already, since the credit card market saw the first so-called co-branded credit cards. Debit cards have also recently joined the game and are in their infancy yet but their growth potential is doubtless and strong. What is meant under a co-branded credit card and why does it bring such a significant portion of revenues to the credit card industry and its holders as well?

Co-branded credit cards are credit products sponsored by two companies and stuffed with rewards and benefits meant for their mutual customers. In other words, when a bank or credit company is joining hands with your favorite musician, sports team or retailer to issue a joint credit card with special benefits, there appears a co-branded credit card application which is a gainful deal far all the participants of the agreement.

As a rule, we go to traditional stores to buy food and clothes more often than we visit matches of our favorite football team or have fun at a concert of a famous band. This natural behavior pattern has led to a boost of popularity among retailers co-branded credit cards in particular and if you prefer products of a certain brand, you can find a plastic to pay for them and be rewarded at the same time.

Imagine you are a frequent customer of Sony Style stores and you normally spend a substantial amount of your budget on their products. But now, that Visa has made an agreement with Sony brand retailers, you not only enjoy the convenience of making payments at their stores but also get discounts and rewards points for every dollar you spend with their Sony Visa credit card.

This three-party agreement turns out a really beneficial deal if we analyze what the participants gain from each co-branded credit card transaction. No doubt, the brands will boost their sales performance and so revenues by times if they allow a credit card as a major payment tool.

As to the credit card company, it is sure to extend its customer base because you will certainly like the discounts, point rewards and other incentives offered by a co-branded credit card.

The credit card holder's profit is also unquestionable. Discounts, point rewards and lots of other facilities make the desired brand product even more attractive and you start to enjoy the very process of making a purchase.

But, things are changing fast and today credit card companies are making an effective use of a new device designed to still increase the number of credit card applications for co-branded products. The point is that banks have teamed with retailers to offer instant issue branded cards right in the store! Now you do not have to go to the bank or browse endless websites in search of the appropriate credit card - you will find the right one at your favorite retailer.

As a customer, you will feel comfortable applying for a credit card at the store as the process is the same easy and secure as if you were at a bank or online. If approved, you will get a store credit card which can be used to purchase a chosen item straight off.

If you still doubt the power of a co-branded credit card, check its performance at your favorite retailer.

Disclaimer: This editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer(s). Opinions expressed here are the author's alone, not those of the credit card issuer(s), and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer(s). Reasonable efforts are made to present accurate information, however all information is presented without warranty. Consult a card's issuing bank for the terms & conditions.
All rates and fees, and other terms and conditions of the products mentioned in this article/post are actual as of the last update date but are subject to change. See the current products' Terms & Conditions on the issuing banks' websites.
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