This may seem obvious to a lot of people but it wasn't so obvious to me until today. You see, I don't sign up for a lot of credit cards. In fact, I have only one credit card. Ironically, I was talking about this very fact with Jenny today. We discussed some statistics that showed that a group of people had as many as ten credit cards each. It was shocking to someone like me because I have no need nor do I have any desire to have more than one credit card.
But today, I wanted to add my girlfriend to my credit card so that I could better manage our expenditures and I can pay for things when she is the one actually going to the store. A pretty common thing for us which we have gotten around the last few years by me just paying her back. I decided I had enough of tracking all of this, so decided to just sign her up on my account. The process couldn't have been more easy. I logged in to my account online, filled out about 5 questions, and they are going to send me a second card with her name on it.
I was dumbfounded by how easy they made the process. Having been in charge of a sign-up process in the past, I can appreciate how hard they actually worked to make it as simple as it was. Of course they make it this simple because it is crucially important to them to make sure people have as many credit cards as they want. The more steps you put in any process, the more likely someone is to drop out. In reality, I'm glad the process was easy, I wanted to get one and I don't like being bothered with things that are hard to do. But it made me think of a television show I recently watched about how easy it was for people to get cards and how they got themselves into trouble. Now don't get me wrong, I don't feel a lot of sympathy for these people. I'm all about personal responsibility and hate it when people blame the big bad credit card companies for doing what they are supposed to do, make money.
How about you, how many cards do you have? Do you find it really easy to just sign up for new ones?