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‘Tis the Season for Taking Advantage of People

I was browsing through the available offers in one of my affiliate programs today when I stumbled across this particular gem: A $7500 pre-approved credit card. The details suggested that this particular card be marketed towards people with bad credit for paying off Christmas bills.

Alright, that’s just low. I may have low standards when it comes to affiliate marketing, but not that low. How much credit card debt is the average American carrying these days? Somewhere around $10,000 sounds about right. That much debt is hard to work off, and tacking on another $7,500 won’t help matters at all. That’s kind of like dangling a fully-cooked turkey in front of a starving man.

Consumer debt is out of control. People are living well beyond their means, buying houses and cars they can’t afford, and that can’t go on forever. We’re all going to end up paying for it soon, and it’s not going to be pretty. That’s why I got into affiliate marketing in the first place: I’d like to establish an emergency fund, preferably in 2 or 3 different currencies. Of course, I’m nowhere near even beginning to reach that goal, but I’m not going to help others bury themselves deeper in debt just so I can get there. That’s just sickening.

I wish you all a merry Christmas (Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/whatever), and a debt-free (or lessened) new year.

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