M&S Bank Shopping Plus Credit Card
- 0% on balance transfers for 16 months
- 0% on purchases for 18 months
- No annual fee
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
Pros and cons
- Three months to spread the cost of purchases
- No annual fee
- Relatively high balance transfer fee
How does this card compare with other similar cards on the market?
Argos Classic Mastercard
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Approval for any credit card will depend on your status. The APR shown represents the interest rate offered to most successful applicants. Depending on your personal circumstances the APR you're offered may be higher, or you may not be offered credit at all. Fees and rates are subject to change without notice. It's always wise to check the terms of any deal before you borrow.
You can make manual repayments through NewDay Ltd's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0345 266 0849). Alternatively you may wish to set up a direct debit.
A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee (£12) or losing any promotional rates as a result.
You can arrange a direct debit for repayments when you apply for the credit card. The table below shows the options available.
Choose from the following direct debit options for your monthly repayments:
How to apply for the Argos Classic Mastercard
If you've compared cards and want to apply, completing the secure online application form takes about 15 minutes. During the application, you should expect a search to be made of your credit history, which allows the lender to make a quick decision on your application.
Frequently asked questions
What credit limit will I get with the Argos Classic Mastercard?
If NewDay Ltd is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on NewDay Ltd's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £250 and NewDay Ltd does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown NewDay Ltd that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.
Can I withdraw cash using the Argos Classic Mastercard?
Although it's possible, withdrawing cash from a credit card account is generally not a good idea, as "cash-like transactions" (withdrawing cash at an ATM, getting cashback at the till, spending at a casino, buying currency, etc.) often incur steep fees and/or higher rates of interest.
The cash advance fee on the Argos Classic Mastercard is 3% (min. £3). For example, if you withdraw £50, you'll incur a fee of £3.00. Withdraw £250, and you'll incur a fee of £7.50.
The interest rate on this part of your balance will be 44.94%, which is 29% more than the standard purchases rate (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 56 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).
How much does it cost to use the Argos Classic Mastercard abroad?
Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.75% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£172.77), it'll cost you around £4.75.
What is the minimum payment on the Argos Classic Mastercard?
Each month you must pay at least 1% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the two figures is greater. So if you had, say, £450.00 outstanding, you'd pay £5.00, and if you had £2,000.00 outstanding, you'd pay £20.00.
Paying only the minimum required amount each month is generally not advisable as it tends to be a very expensive way to borrow money which can lead to persistent debt.
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