- C(itibank)- May I ask you why you are dropping our card?
P(iggyBankBlues)- I have too many cards, I don't need this many.
C- Everybody has a need for a low interest rate. Would you be interested in a lower interest rate?
P- It's not the interest rate, I pay my card off in full each month.
C- So you're telling me that you do not have a need for a lower interest rate anywhere? I can beat any loan you're paying.
P- I prefer loans from banks, not on a credit card. Like I said, I pay it off in full-
C- (adamant) Do you or do you not have loans?
P- (baffled) Excuse me?
C- A car loan, we can transfer your car loan-
P- Used car, paid cash. Listen, I just want to cancel my card, can I please-
C- You have no loans whatsoever? (he's getting a little agitated at this point...)
P- (joking) Unless you're going to buy our mortgage, then no, I have no loans for you.
C- (serious) I've done it before. I'm sure it's not over $X50,000-
P- (hands up) I live in New York City, of course it's over $X50,000-
C- (irate) Ma'am, you asked questions and I'm just answering them, okay?
P- (magnanimous) Yes, thank you, I appreciate it. May I please close my card?
C- one moment please (click)
Amex went smoother, though they did offer me $40 off the annual fee. Then I was feeling just plain giddy with account closing madness, and I called the Wall Street Journal. Four people later they let me close the account. I told them all the same thing, I am no fan of Rupert Murdoch and refuse to give the man a dime. I did not, of course, tell them that the WSJ was now free online so I could now read it without paying him to begin with. I was naturally told that the ownership of the Journal did not reflect the content of its pages. I was like, have you seen Fox News?
So now I am down to 2 Amex cards (a Delta that I use for everything and a platinum Optima that I use for my credit score), one Bank of America (high limit, low APR, never use, in case of emergency), REI rewards card (no fee, use it only if Amex not accepted), and one last Citibank that I am contemplating closing. Is five cards too much?
While there are good reasons to have multiple credit cards, and the average number of cards Americans have is four, I'm still considering closing that last Citibank card. So while I contemplate closing that card and bring my total down to the good 'ol American average, I'll see how I stack against the Credit card industry facts and personal debt statistics (2006-2007).