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#52 Aug 28 2013 at 10:29 AM Rating: Good
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They'll definitely FAR be better off than not doing anything. And I wouldn't be surprised if that tactic worked way better than sitting them down for lectures about budgets. Smiley: lol

In my household, money always had such an odd and changing connotation, that I doubt my parents were all that willing to really openly talk about it with each other, let alone with us.
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My parents are far from a solid resource on those matters.
This.

Unless you count as an example of the perils of racking up 6-figures of credit card debt. Smiley: rolleyes

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I don't see why you wouldn't. We learn as much from our and others mistakes as we do from successes. In my life/career, I've learned far more from why we don't do things certain ways or it ends up in sh*tty results than I have from we do things certain ways so that we don't have sh*tty results. Suffering through the effects is far more enlightening than hearing about it.
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
My parents are far from a solid resource on those matters.
This.

Unless you count as an example of the perils of racking up 6-figures of credit card debt. Smiley: rolleyes

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I don't see why you wouldn't. We learn as much from our and others mistakes as we do from successes. In my life/career, I've learned far more from why we don't do things certain ways or it ends up in sh*tty results than I have from we do things certain ways so that we don't have sh*tty results. Suffering through the effects is far more enlightening than hearing about it.
Fair enough, but I'm still not sure I want to take financial advice from someone who's repeatedly demonstrated their inability to manage their own money.
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You don't take advice from them. You simply don't do what they did. At least, in it's most simplest form.
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Absolutely agree with the education thing. Back when I was in high school, they used to teach home economics in addition to other economic classes. Home Ec taught you how to do things like balance a checkbook, set a household budget, pay bills, etc. I suspect that this has largely been eliminated from school curriculum because it had a negative connotation associated with it (associated with young women who were not expected to go into the work force but would need to know how to manage the home while their husbands were busy working). Kinda like throwing out the baby with the bathwater, I guess, given how beneficial such education would be for everyone.


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Except that the reality of the situation is very different now than it was 10 or 15 years ago, because of legislation pushed through 5 or so years ago to stop predatory lending on young adults.


4 years ago. It was Obama's sweeping credit card reform, passed in 2009. And the negative consequences of that reform were predicted by conservatives and promptly ignored or dismissed by liberals as some kind of scheme to protect rich banks from reform. So welcome to your own petard, I guess?
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Except you missed the part where I said I also agreed with the legislation, because predatory lending was a serious issue that this legislation HAS solved. My problem isn't the inability of students to get easy lines of credit, its the inability for them to build a credit history. Cards shouldn't be the only way to manage that for young adults.

And the fact that school systems have been rapidly shedding programs like home econ because of no child left behind is a much larger issue for my generation. My high school didn't even have home econ, shop, etc. Short of computer-based classes, essentially all electives minus art and band were ones that would have a strong correlation with skills that would train students for test taking.

You don't get to stack the cards against you and then be outraged when they fall. Comprehensive education and lower regulations, less comprehensive education and much higher regulations. I'd LOVE for comprehensive education to be the name of the game. But it hasn't been the left blocking those efforts for years.
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
Except you missed the part where I said I also agreed with the legislation, because predatory lending was a serious issue that this legislation HAS solved.


I didn't miss that part. Hence the whole "met your own petard" bit. You agree with a piece of legislation which was passed to prevent predatory lending. But the consequence of doing that is that all lending will become more restrictive (because risk and rate are directly related).

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My problem isn't the inability of students to get easy lines of credit, its the inability for them to build a credit history. Cards shouldn't be the only way to manage that for young adults.


They're not. Buy a car and pay it off. That'll do amazing things for your credit rating. Buy appliances/furniture on payment plans. Pay them off. Any method of borrowing which is successfully repaid will result in an improved credit rating. The problem is that most of that kind of borrowing isn't possible unless you already have a positive credit history or can show sufficient income. My point is that this isn't a new problem. Credit cards have been the easy way to get around it for a long time, but it required that those young people just starting out with their first credit card actually be responsible and use them wisely. But of course, some didn't, and they got into a pickle, and Obama decided that he would save them from that danger by basically making it so credit card companies wont give them cards anymore.

Kind of a stupid solution, but there you have it. The net result is that the "fast and easy" way to build credit has been taken away (mostly). So now you have to do it the old fashioned way: Get a job. Earn enough money that someone will give you a loan. Pay off loan. That's how people used to build up a credit history. We've just gotten used to the availability of high rate credit to high risk consumers as a way for those who could handle it to build credit earlier in their lives. Why be surprised that when you pass a law which prevents the high rates, you also prevent lending to high risk consumers?

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And the fact that school systems have been rapidly shedding programs like home econ because of no child left behind is a much larger issue for my generation. My high school didn't even have home econ, shop, etc. Short of computer-based classes, essentially all electives minus art and band were ones that would have a strong correlation with skills that would train students for test taking.


/shrug. There are a host of reasons for why programs like home ec have largely been canned. Most likely the lack of any groups lobbying for such classes is part of the problem.

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You don't get to stack the cards against you and then be outraged when they fall.


And yet, you support a law that stacked the deck against you, and are now outraged at the result. So...?

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Comprehensive education and lower regulations, less comprehensive education and much higher regulations. I'd LOVE for comprehensive education to be the name of the game. But it hasn't been the left blocking those efforts for years.


"Comprehensive education" is a buzzphrase. It means nothing. More correctly, it means whatever the semi-random political conditions of the moment say it means. You simply can't teach everything to everyone. The problem is that as we add things that the current political environment insists must be part of a "comprehensive education", you have to remove something else that used to be taught. Education actually is somewhat of a zero sum game in that respect. So the problem isn't that we don't have comprehensive education, but that the comprehensive education we have today doesn't have some things that you (and I for that matter) think it should.
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This whole exchange reminds me of the "Merchants won't take your debit cards any longer!" scare stories from a couple years ago and Gbaji making the same claim: that he had warned us about this!

Then he couldn't find a single source actually warning about it before the legislation passed. And, as it turned out, the scare stories were far overblown -- I've noticed zero impact in my debit card use years after being warned of the immanent apocalypse.
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They're not. Buy a car and pay it off. That'll do amazing things for your credit rating. Buy appliances/furniture on payment plans. Pay them off. Any method of borrowing which is successfully repaid will result in an improved credit rating.


Good luck getting an auto loan without a credit history in the current market. And payment plans only positively affect your credit if the company is reporting to a credit bureau, which they almost certainly are not doing.

"Any method of borrowing" is absolute crap. The vast majority of companies you borrow from will not be reporting your positive payments or debt. The only influence on your credit that can possibly have is by defaulting, having your account referred to a collections agency (who WILL report it).

Generally speaking, the only real sources that will report to a credit bureau are ones that actually deal with the business of lending. Specifically, because they need to abide by the fair reporting standards and don't want to bother with it as a result.

Is it possible to start a credit line? Of course. My point is that it's far more difficult than it should be relative to the importance of having good credit in our economy. Ideally, I'm much happier with the idea of that latter part changing. Pragmatically, I don't expect that to happen.

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"Comprehensive education" is a buzzphrase. It means nothing. More correctly, it means whatever the semi-random political conditions of the moment say it means. You simply can't teach everything to everyone. The problem is that as we add things that the current political environment insists must be part of a "comprehensive education", you have to remove something else that used to be taught. Education actually is somewhat of a zero sum game in that respect. So the problem isn't that we don't have comprehensive education, but that the comprehensive education we have today doesn't have some things that you (and I for that matter) think it should.


No, it means you need to reduce time spent teaching something else. Which is very, very different. Right now, we spend way more time on dedicated instruction in math and english than is necessary, because those are the disciplines that get schools funding.
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Good luck getting an auto loan without a credit history in the current market.

You can, but maybe not for the car you want or the terms you want. Provide half the cost as a down payment as you'll look a lot more attractive. Get a modestly priced used car and you'll look more attractive. Accept the fact that you'll be paying a higher interest rate because people without credit histories are a traditionally poor risk for auto loans.
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The problem is that as we add things that the current political environment insists must be part of a "comprehensive education", you have to remove something else that used to be taught.
There's a block of instruction in February about peanuts that could easily be omitted.
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Yes, but it comes down to the same thing - the point is starting your credit history at the time when it would be most important to be starting it (when you're 18 or 19).

Most banks won't make auto loans at the price bracket a young adult would be shopping at. I just glanced at the requirements for my bank, and they won't make a loan on a vehicle below a 2009 model, and not for a vehicle valued under $7500.

Most young adults who are shopping for their own cars, without help from their parents, aren't going anywhere near that price point. Most won't until after graduation. But building credit after you are 21 isn't so hard. But not having any credit built by the time you are 21 is a problem.
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Good luck getting an auto loan without a credit history in the current market.

You can, but maybe not for the car you want or the terms you want. Provide half the cost as a down payment as you'll look a lot more attractive. Get a modestly priced used car and you'll look more attractive. Accept the fact that you'll be paying a higher interest rate because people without credit histories are a traditionally poor risk for auto loans.


From what I hear on the local radio for the local used car dealers, they seem more than willing to try and help you get one of their used vehicles.
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Most banks won't make auto loans at the price bracket a young adult would be shopping at. I just glanced at the requirements for my bank, and they won't make a loan on a vehicle below a 2009 model, and not for a vehicle valued under $7500.

So you shop different banks. Or take financing from the dealership. Or scrounge for a co-signer. Get it from one of those no/bad credit financing outfits that puts a kill switch in your car in case you stop paying the bills.

I won't say these are as favorable as the options someone with established good credit gets but that's the difference between having no credit, bad credit and good credit. Pay your bills and get into that last category. But there's people with no credit who want to buy stuff and consequently there's a market out there for getting people with no credit (or recovering credit) and selling them stuff. People want to make money after all.
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"GOOD CREDIT! BAD CREDIT! NO CREDIT! Come'on down to Crazy Larry's Used Car Emporium where no one is turned away!" Seems to be a pretty reoccurring advertisement.
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Good luck getting an auto loan without a credit history in the current market.

You can, but maybe not for the car you want or the terms you want. Provide half the cost as a down payment as you'll look a lot more attractive. Get a modestly priced used car and you'll look more attractive. Accept the fact that you'll be paying a higher interest rate because people without credit histories are a traditionally poor risk for auto loans.


From what I hear on the local radio for the local used car dealers, they seem more than willing to try and help you get one of their used vehicles.


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Most banks won't make auto loans at the price bracket a young adult would be shopping at. I just glanced at the requirements for my bank, and they won't make a loan on a vehicle below a 2009 model, and not for a vehicle valued under $7500.

So you shop different banks. Or take financing from the dealership. Or scrounge for a co-signer. Get it from one of those no/bad credit financing outfits that puts a kill switch in your car in case you stop paying the bills.

I won't say these are as favorable as the options someone with established good credit gets but that's the difference between having no credit, bad credit and good credit. Pay your bills and get into that last category. But there's people with no credit who want to buy stuff and consequently there's a market out there for getting people with no credit (or recovering credit) and selling them stuff. People want to make money after all.


Financing from the dealership is unlikely to be reported to a credit bureau unless you default on your payments and it goes to collections. So it's not going to build credit unless you get an auto loan from a bank.

My issue isn't that there's no way to build credit, my issue is that there's no way that is feasible for the average 18-20 year old, which is problematic because it's one of the best times to start building credit.
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Financing through a dealership is often through a bank (or other registered lender) that the dealership is aligned with. I heard once that GM makes more money from its GMAC Financing division than they do from physically selling cars. Unless you're going to a completely independent joint where the guy who owns it is essentially letting you borrow the car as you make payments on it. So, you know, do some homework and buy it from the right place.
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This is where we disagree. There's feasible ways, just not necessarily favorable ways.

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Wasting your time folks. Iddiggory expects everything to be handed to people. People shouldn't have to work at anything, they should just start at awesome. It's his MO on everything.
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Wasting your time folks. Iddiggory expects everything to be handed to people. People shouldn't have to work at anything, they should just start at awesome. It's his MO on everything.


I wasn't aware I was advocating people to just get handed good credit scores.

I'm saying that lines of credit are too limited right now for people under 21. Considering any line of credit has far more potential to hurt you than help you, that's pretty much the opposite of a hand out.
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No bank credit card from the credit union you've had an account with since you were 3 months old?
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No bank credit card from the credit union you've had an account with since you were 3 months old?

I wish I was a member of a credit union.

Though it wouldn't matter - bank-issued credit cards are still bound by the 2009 regulations.
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
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Wasting your time folks. Iddiggory expects everything to be handed to people. People shouldn't have to work at anything, they should just start at awesome. It's his MO on everything.


I wasn't aware I was advocating people to just get handed good credit scores.

I'm saying that lines of credit are too limited right now for people under 21. Considering any line of credit has far more potential to hurt you than help you, that's pretty much the opposite of a hand out.
I "may" have over embellished the idea, but you have a history of thinking (and expecting) everything to/should be easy. You've been shown tons of other options available and shoot down everyone because its not an easy route. Sorry, that's reality.
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Huh, well that's a bummer. That was the card I used most in the beginning, it was a joint account with the parents and everything with a fairly low credit limit and interest rate, something like $1,000 or what not. Contrasted to GM which felt comfortable letting a college student with no income get a $5,000 limit, which went up to $8,000 before I even had my first real job. Smiley: rolleyes
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There should be no issue getting a joint account. Anyone 18+ who can find a reputable co-signer should have little issue getting credit. Idiggory is talking about non co-signer options.
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Right, but doesn't that give you some kind of credit history? Even though it isn't entirely yours? Or am I like way off the mark here?
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No, assuming that you're the principle on the account, it helps your credit rating.

Of course, if you default then it screws over both parties on the account.
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Fair enough, I was just digging blindly for some way to get a young adult some kind of credit history. I thought having a parent/guardian get a card with you was one of the more common ways that happened. But you know, I'm often a step behind on these things and stuffs.
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To be fair, we're assuming a parent/guardian that any place would WANT co-signing. If you have parents who can't manage money, Chase Manhattan is unlikely to be impressed by their offer to co-sign your Visa application.
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Most certainly. But I'd wager, based on absolutely no information other than the assumptions floating around in my head, that the majority of college age students have someone like a parent/guardian who has good enough credit to get a shared credit card with.
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This whole exchange reminds me of the "Merchants won't take your debit cards any longer!" scare stories from a couple years ago and Gbaji making the same claim: that he had warned us about this!


Wow. So let me get this straight. You aren't saying I'm wrong about the negative effects of Obama's credit card reform. And you aren't saying I'm wrong about the predictability of the negative effects of Obama's credit card reform. Instead, you're arguing that maybe, on some entirely unrelated subject, I might have been wrong with some other prediction?

Um... Grats on what has to be the weakest response ever then, I guess.
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the topic just brought up a funny memory is all. Sorry you were so butthurt to hear about it Smiley: frown

Ok, not really. Because it was funny. How's our long national nightmare of debit cards not being accepted anywhere working out for you like you so sagely "predicted"?
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Um... Grats on what has to be the weakest response ever then, I guess.
And I guess this is admitting you never read your own posts.
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Anywho... Joshing aside (and cause I felt like sticking "joshing" in there):

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There should be no issue getting a joint account. Anyone 18+ who can find a reputable co-signer should have little issue getting credit. Idiggory is talking about non co-signer options.


I think that's the problem though. He seems to be demanding that lenders lend money to people with no or little income, no history paying back loans, and no one in their lives with such a history willing or able to co-sign, at good/fair rates. Which leads us back to the "predatory lending" thing. Lending money to people just like those Idiggory describes was labeled as "predatory" because the odds were those people would not be able to pay the loan back and would end out massively in debt before they could even get started in the workforce. The regulations he supported directly caused the situation he's in.
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Wasting your time folks. Iddiggory expects everything to be handed to people. People shouldn't have to work at anything, they should just start at awesome. It's his MO on everything.


I wasn't aware I was advocating people to just get handed good credit scores.

I'm saying that lines of credit are too limited right now for people under 21. Considering any line of credit has far more potential to hurt you than help you, that's pretty much the opposite of a hand out.
I "may" have over embellished the idea, but you have a history of thinking (and expecting) everything to/should be easy. You've been shown tons of other options available and shoot down everyone because its not an easy route. Sorry, that's reality.


So far, there are only three possible options that have been raised in this thread. The majority of options are NOT options, and have not been since 2009. Others, like utilities, are not an option for the vast majority of Americans, as very few utilities companies report to credit agencies (and there have been some movements trying to mandate they do so, specifically to help establish credit histories for people without their foot in the door).

Those options are secured credit lines, car loans, and simply meeting the minimum income for a credit card to invalidate the 2009 act.

Secured credit lines are the most realistic of those options. They're also, however, the option that doesn't have other utility separate from building credit. So relative to what they are, they're a pretty painful investment. I think they make a lot of sense as a mechanism to help you bounce back from bad credit, but it's not something I see many young adults feasibly invested in.

Though looking into it now, the landscape is already WAY different than it was just a few years ago. 2-3 years ago, none of the secured cards I saw were less than a $500 initial deposit. Now I'm seeing versions as low as $50, $100, $200, etc. I'm perfectly okay with denominations like that (as I said earlier in this thread). I just wasn't aware they actually existed now.

The other two I don't see as realistic options for someone in the 18-20 range. For students, meeting the minimum requirement for cards is likely not going to happen. And most 18 and 19 year olds can't afford, or won't be approved for, a bank loan.

Most of the other options cited are either bound by the 2009 Act, or they do not report to credit bureaus.

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I think that's the problem though. He seems to be demanding that lenders lend money to people with no or little income, no history paying back loans, and no one in their lives with such a history willing or able to co-sign, at good/fair rates. Which leads us back to the "predatory lending" thing. Lending money to people just like those Idiggory describes was labeled as "predatory" because the odds were those people would not be able to pay the loan back and would end out massively in debt before they could even get started in the workforce. The regulations he supported directly caused the situation he's in.


The Act had extensive bipartisan support. I'm not going to bother defining predatory lending, because there's a fairly good lolwiki article if you actually cared. And the Act did far more than just limit who could access cards.

I also haven't once demanded that creditors MUST lend to young persons. Credit Card companies obviously didn't care about lending to people with no credit history back before 2009.

My issue is that the current state of the system is too much of a bandage job on the issue, and it needs to be properly addressed. I don't like the blanket blocking of credit cards, and I think there's a more nuanced approach here. Open up more restricted paths of access for credit card companies (like, say, limiting them to one card and with a certain limit bound by their income), and I'm confident that the companies will jump at the chance to be sending cards to 18-20 year olds again.

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So the options to build your credit are a (secured) credit card, an auto loan or a bank loan?

Heavens to Betsy, that's far different than the primary reasons people with established credit use credit every day. Granted, they generally don't need to secure their card because they've passed the hurdle of showing ability and willingness to pay but don't those options make up most of the reasons people secure credit in the first place? The other major one being mortgages but I doubt many 18 year olds were getting home mortgages back in 2008 either. Maybe in 2006 when they were giving home mortgages to cats and possums and wildflowers but we saw how well that worked out.

Edit: Banks weren't directly lending money 19 year olds either in 2008 unless it was auto financing or credit cards. Going to the bank and asking for $5,000 wasn't going to be very fruitful.

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So the options to build your credit are a (secured) credit card, an auto loan or a bank loan?

Heavens to Betsy, that's far different than the primary reasons people with established credit use credit every day. Granted, they generally don't need to secure their card because they've passed the hurdle of showing ability and willingness to pay but don't those options make up most of the reasons people secure credit in the first places? The other major one being mortgages but I doubt many 18 year olds were getting home mortgages back in 2008 either. Maybe in 2006 when they were giving home mortgages to cats and possums and wildflowers but we saw how well that worked out.


Except that, in the context of an 18-20 year old, that landscape of options is extremely different. Maybe not now that securing a card is actually reasonable. 3 years ago, it was an absurd down-payment.

I'm happy to see that there's a legitimately affordable option secured option now. Because that wasn't the case for at least 2 years after the act was passed. What I'm a fan of is lowering the hurdles that bar 18-20 year olds from getting a credit card. Obviously, that doesn't force lending companies to lend to them. If they don't want, to, that's fine.

The issue I have is that secured cards are the only option because of legislation that is too far-reaching, not because it's what the lenders want to limit it to. I'm all for protections and limitations, laws for transparent lending, etc. Hell, limit someone to one $200 card at 20% APR before they're 21 unless they can prove a sufficient income for all I care.

If the lender is willing to take that risk, cool. Works for everyone.

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Edit: Banks weren't directly lending money 19 year olds either in 2008 unless it was auto financing or credit cards. Going to the bank and asking for $5,000 wasn't going to be very fruitful.


Which is why I only denoted a credit card as the realistic option for credit building.

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Except that, in the context of an 18-20 year old, that landscape of options is extremely different. Maybe not now that securing a card is actually reasonable. 3 years ago, it was an absurd down-payment.

Seriously, bullsh*t. $500 is not "absurd", especially if you're actually having the goal of building and maintaining good credit. God damn smart phones cost $500. A couple pairs of new name brand jeans, shirts and some shoes costs $500. College age kids probably spend that much on eating out or buying beer within a month. If you want $500, you stop buying other crap until you save $500. If you're actually incapable of doing this -- guess what? No one wants to give you a credit card anyway because you can't even show the fiscal ability to collect $500 if you need it. That makes you a poor credit risk.

Honestly, a secured $100 card is a joke and actually only exists to help you build your credit (and make some sweet APR for the bank, I assume). No one offered $100 secured cards back in the day. If you couldn't qualify for a sh*tty $250 limit card with a 21% APR back in 90's, you just got no card.

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Which is why I only denoted a credit card as the realistic option for credit building.

Cards and cars, same as it was in 2008, same as it was in 1998.

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Seriously, bullsh*t. $500 is not "absurd", especially if you're actually having the goal of building and maintaining good credit. God damn smart phones cost $500. A couple pairs of new name brand jeans, shirts and some shoes costs $500. College age kids probably spend that much on eating out or buying beer within a month. If you want $500, you stop buying other crap until you save $500. If you're actually incapable of doing this -- guess what? No one wants to give you a credit card anyway because you can't even show the fiscal ability to collect $500 if you need it. That makes you a poor credit risk.

Honestly, a secured $100 card is a joke and actually only exists to help you build your credit (and make some sweet APR for the bank, I assume). No one offered $100 secured cards back in the day. If you couldn't qualify for a sh*tty $250 limit card with a 21% APR back in 90's, you just got no card.


And if it was possible someone 18-20 to get that sort of card now, I wouldn't have any serious issue with the current system.
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Unrelated (cover your eyes, Gbaji), I noticed last night that the search function looks to be fixed. So kudos to the Powers That Be for that.

Mostly fixed. There are still a few quirks, it's in progress though and is definitly way better than it was
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So this whole 3D printer thing, I've actually ran into an economic niche I might be able to leverage, but i don't really know if I want to get into the plasticmonger buisiness of providing raw materials. Currently, 5lb worth of plastic filiment spool sells for around $75. A 5 pound sack of plastic pellets and die sufficient to make colored plastic costs about $16. Electricity to convert it to filiment is about another 8-ish? if that, and a good machine to do the conversion in bulk runs about $450 as a one time purchase. It seems like I could do small batches of wierd or unusual color combinations at a discount, undercut most everyone else, and still make about $50 worth of profit (shipping costs would be paid by the buyer, etc.). Mathmatically, at least in the short term it makes sense. I know enough about the process to know I can do it successfully and make a decent product, and I know I would make money doing it. But my brain is rebelling against it because I don't want to give up more of my already saturated free time (2 jobs plus side jobs of fixing computers) to sit in my garage making plastic spaghetti when i could be doing something more interesting.

What I shoud do is rent a space somewhere, hire some minimum wage minions, and make them do it for me. But I don't have the slightest clue or inclination on how to run a buisiness with employees.

So yeah. Nothing to do whatsoever with the topic at hand, but I posted it here anyways.
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How much profit per hour?
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One of the machines could probably do on average between 3-5 pounds worth of filiment an hour (around 20 inch per minute if I were making ABS plastic), with another 5-10 minutes required for winding the produced filimant onto the spool and preparing for sale. I guess the machine is actually running around $600 at the moment. but you could easily build multiple machines into a single controller http://www.filabot.com/collections/filabot-systems/products/filabot-wee-kit-welded

I could probably build something from similar parts for between $300-$400 ish. The controller would be a big chunk of that, the motor and the thermocuple is most of the rest of it.

There seems to be a pretty healthy demand for it, especially in larger size spools, so I'd probably be able to sell all I cared to make. A 2 lb spool sells for $35 usually, so there is profit on smaller lots too. There is a decent existing customer base, but I'd expect prices to start falling dramatically in about 2 years when alot more people start making the filiment. but between then and now I "should" do this economically. at the same time, I don't really want to. I'd rather be playing with the 3d printer itself.
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If you can't save $500 you shouldn't be getting a credit card anyway.
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It's less the saving $500 part and more the holding $500 as collateral part.
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