Bank of America?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by ravenvii, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    I am moving to California soon, and since the bank I am currently using doesn't have national branches, I have to switch to a new bank. When visiting San Francisco (where I will move to), I saw many BoA ATMs. So I am thinking of switching to BoA. But I heard many horror stories about them.

    So I'm asking you, the brain tank of MacRumors, what you take is. Should I switch to BoA? Or someone else?
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    I guess the question is: Do you plan to be in that area for quite a while, do you plan on doing much traveling around the US?

    I prefer to use more 'local' banks. But if you plan on moving around alot then a national bank like BofA may suit your needs better.
     
  3. cycocelica macrumors 68000

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    My parents have been customers for 20+ years and I have been since I can remember. I have never had a problem with them and neither have my parents. I would say yes go with them. They actually caught someone who stole my dads credit card and told him about it, thus shutting everything down and got all the money the thief spent back.
     
  4. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I happen to like Wells Fargo, but it's just a matter of personal preference.

    Keep in mind, there will be horror stories about any bank.
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    Ditto. I've been with WF for > 10 years with no bad experiences. Our local branch moved further from home and so we tried a Washington Mutual account for a special checking account, and did not like their service.

    FWIW BoA and WF are about equivalent in omnipresence throughout CA, and both have their horror and success stories.

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  6. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    What about Wamu didn't you like, examples would be cool :)

    I've been with Wells Fargo since 1992, but recently they have done a few things to really piss me off. Wamu was going to be my backup plan, i actually setup an account but haven't moved anything to it yet. The one put off that i had with Wamu is the lack of a decent rewards program like WFB has, the other gripe i had was that they farm out their phone CS to india which is a BIG no-no in my book.

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  7. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Been a BoA customer for maybe, nine years now? I've never had any real issues with them, but I did just receive mailed notice of a class action lawsuit that they'd given personal info out to other third parties or something. Shrug.

    Honestly? I'm not all that fazed. :eek:

    I chose BoA because they're all over the place, not just the banks, but also ATMs. Yup.
     
  8. erickkoch macrumors 6502a

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    I have both good and bad things to say about B of A but the ATM's are everywhere so I just stick with them out of habbit. Good and bad things can be said about any bank.

    Edit: At least They're not BankOne (I think they merged with Chase). I hate them with a passion.
     
  9. janey macrumors 603

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    Not too bad. Their employees certainly are nice though, compared to some other banks I've been at.
    Slightly convenient, been with them forever, can't be arsed to change.
     
  10. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    I'm a big fan of Wells Fargo. I think they've got the best ATMs.
     
  11. it5five macrumors 65816

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    I've been with Wamu, and like them. I switched from BofA because I thought they were absolutely terrible.
     
  12. JLatte macrumors 6502

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    To be honest, I'm with Union Bank, I used to have a checking account + safety deposit box with B of A, and I've had bad experiences with them.

    I've been with Washington Mutual in the past, and right now you can get a 5% interest rate if you open a savings with a checking account. You only need $1 and that interest rate is as high as you're going to find anywhere else, higher than B of A, higher than Union Bank of Cali. Union Bank was going to get me a 3% with a CD if I invested $1000+... no thanks, I'd rather have a savings earning 5%. Then again, I'd rather invest in Forex :)

    http://wamu.com/personal/accountchoices/savings/online_savings_account/default.asp

    Check it out, if I could choose again, I'd go with WaMU.
     
  13. janey macrumors 603

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  14. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    My parents use a small local bank chain called Windsor Federal Savings Bank I believe. Most people in my family tend to use the smaller banks.

    As for BoA...
    Pros:
    Lots of locations, thus you won't have to take out money at other banks ATMs and get charged $2.00 or w/e

    Cons:
    They are or are planning to give credit to illegal immigrants :rolleyes:
    My dad hates them- I don't know why but I can find out
     
  15. Turkish macrumors 6502

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    Why is this a "con" to a potential customer? :confused: :rolleyes:
     
  16. balamw Moderator

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    Mostly the human beings, so it could primarily be an issue with our local branch. My wife handled most of this, so my interaction was limited.

    Opening the account was too involved and they managed to open the wrong type of account. We ended up with an incorrect transaction (from s/o else's ATM card) that triggered an overdraft. The local branch was unable unwilling to help clear this up and phone support was less than courteous.

    Closing the account at the branch also took two visits, as it apparently didn't "take" the first time.

    What has WFB done to tick you off?

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  17. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    Their lending practices unnerved me, i ended up finding somewhere else to take my mortgage. Then what i guess some may consider minor.. i went in to a branch to deposit some cash, i was asked if i wanted a pre approved visa card to which i said no thanks... 2 weeks later guess what... i had that visa card that i declined in the branch...

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  18. balamw Moderator

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    Ah. Haven't had a WFB mortgage in ~7 years. The bit about the credit card is most likely the same kind of individual incompetence I was complaining about with WaMU.

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  19. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    Because they're giving them your money on credit?
     
  20. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    Bank of America is THE only bank I have ever had.

    Now let me badmouth them a bit. :rolleyes:

    They are a HUGE corporation. Literally, everywhere. Bought up every "somewhat" large bank and made a money hungry blob.

    Being so big is a plus if you travel. But, as with all large corporations with a big customer base, they feel they dont "need" you as a customer and treat you like crap when the going gets tough. They take pride in re-arranging debt/deposits to maximize the overdraft. Among many other things...


    What it boils down to with BoA is the simple question you need to ask yourself, "do you need a nation-wide bank?"

    you "pay" for BoA's convenience, with HUGE fees, crappy rates and an ever worsening idea of what it is to be their customer.

    stay local or at least with one of the smaller guys, they will treat you much better than BoA ever will. Its the nature of BIG vs small.

    /rant
     
  21. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Same thing happened to my wife at US Bank. We complained to the Branch manager and the teller lost her job (wasn't the first time I guess).

    Worth noting, most of our money sits in our ING Direct account where it earns 4.5% (or something like that) - its even higher for checking accounts. Then when I need the money, we simply request a no fee transfer to our US Bank account.
     
  22. Turkish macrumors 6502

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    So? As long as they are credit-worthy, I couldn't care less.

    Anyway, I hate B of A.

    I was paying off a business line of credit last year (started a new business) that I had with MBNA, and as soon as B of A bought them, they jacked my variable rate by 2%.

    Now they have every right to do so, but when I called them to ask why they raised my rate (I have excellent credit), they basically said "because we can."

    I just haven't had the time or energy to deal with switching, but "money hungry blob" (as one poster described) is pretty accurate. I wish they'd stop putting huge flast screens in their lobbies and reduce my fees instead.

    B of A used to be good, then they got too big.

    Go with Wells.
     
  23. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    I just think BoA gives money to people that aren't even Americans.

    And then they charge you $2.00 to take money out of the bank because you don't go to there banks. I know most banks do this now, but its annoying to see where the money is going.
     
  24. it5five macrumors 65816

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    I don't see why it's such a bad idea to give credit cards to illegal immigrants. Way better than the alternative, which is an illegal immigrant using somebody elses social security number to get credit. That's happened to me three times, so it's about ****ing time somebody got the right idea. That is the one thing I like about B of A.

    All of you complaining should try to clear your credit up three times, then see if you still feel like complaining.
     
  25. imac/cheese macrumors 6502a

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    I had a BoA credit card for years and never had any problems with them. I have never used them for traditional banking but their credit card service people were always helpful.
     

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