Ramit from I Will Teach You To Be Rich posted this photo with comments on ridiculous credit card offers. I decided to look into it and the two credit cards Wal-Mart offers:

Here’s the fine print:

Benefits for the Wal-Mart® Discover® are only for cards issued by GE Money Bank. Cardholders may not be eligible for benefits offered by other Discover® Network Issuers. ¹Rewards apply only to net card purchases – not to balance transfers, cash advances, quick cash advances or fees and finance charges. The reward percentages will depend on your total spending during a calendar year and will be .25% on total purchases up to $1,500, .50% on total purchases from $1,500.01 to $3,000 and 1% on total purchases over $3,000. A rebate check will be issued each time you accrue $10 in rewards. All cash rewards are provided by GE Money Bank. See “How to Earn Cash Rewards” terms in your Credit Card Agreement for details. ²Available at participating gas stations. Not available in Puerto Rico. Look for the 3¢ Discount Sign at the pump to see if the gas station in your area is participating. 3¢ off per gallon offer applies to the regular street price. ³Get up to $100 cash back when you make a purchase with your Wal-Mart Discover® or get $60 cash back when you make a purchase with your Wal-Mart Credit Card at Wal-Mart owned registers in Wal-Mart stores. Limit of one per day. This cash advance will appear on your monthly billing statement like a purchase. Subject to credit approval.

Out of these two the Discover looks to be the “better deal” (air quotes because I’m being sarcastic).The interest rates according to them are:

As of 5/07, variable APRs for the cards offering the promotion are: 12.37%, 18.37%, 21.37%, or 22.37%. Variable delinquency APR is 27.49%. Variable Cure APRs are 21.37%; 22.37%. Minimum Finance Charge $1.00.

For less than $8 I can personalize my debt trap so I can feel better when looking at my bill!

I sometimes like shopping at Wal-Mart (just did my monthly groceries today), but I’m not a fan of these credit cards and the incentives.

Photo Credit:  The Consumerist