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Senator Proxmire

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June 8, 1973

As is true for all such issues, it needs to be dealt with in a broader context. For example, a tax program like the "negative income tax" might well reduce the "riskiness" of consumers by stabilizing incomes, thus eliminating a major (perhaps the major) source of payment difficulties and reducing substantially the cost of extending credit, Such a comprehensive approach is not a lways possible, however, as is the case here. We must deal with less sweeping changes to a system of regulatory limitations. Under such circumstances, few changes made will benefit everyone concerned and we are forced to make decisions that will benefit one group at the expense of another. That being the case, we should at least be clear about the "who" and the "how much" of such changes, lest we make them under the guise of benefiting all concerned.

And this is no easy task. For my own part, I plan to spend much of my time in the near future trying to put my work together in a more comprehensive framework and have arranged academic leave this year to that end. The year following, I plan to be in Washington, D. C. I hope you will feel free to call on me for assistance or opinion, if you feel any of my work will be of use to you. Again, my thanks for the opportunity to appear before the Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee on May 24. I hope my testimony was of some value to you and the other members of the Committee.

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CREDIT CARD USE SURVEY

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Please circle below the number of storo, ousoline, benk or other credit cards or credit accounts you presently have and uw at least ona 1 year (PLEASE CIRCLE ONE ANSWER IN EACH ROW BELOW)

NUMBER OF CREDIT CARDS OR ACCOUNTS Department store or other store Nono 1

2

8 7 8 or more credit cards or accounts Gasoline credit cards or accounts

Nono
2

6 7 8 or more Bank cards (Such as Bank Americard, None

7 Master Chargo, etc.) American Express, Diners Club, None 1

7

8 or more Carte Blanche or similar Other credit cards or accounts Nono 1 2 3

6 6 7 (Please name them)

1

3

4

6

1

2

3

4

6

6

8 or more

2

3

6

6

8 or more

2.

Do you have a savings account or checking account?

Savings account only
Checking account only
Both savings and checking accounts

Do not have a savings or checking account Do you have a checking account with overdraft privileges (that is, can you write checks for more than the balance in your account and pay it back as a loan with interest)? Yes No

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Do you live in a single family home, two family home, apartment or mobile home?
Single family home

O Apartment, condominium or townhouse
Two family home or duplex

O Mobile homo

Other (Please explain).

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10.

Which category below best describes the highest level of schooling you have completed?

O Grade school

Some high school
High school graduate
Some college (includes 2 year college degree)
Undergraduate college degree (4 year degree)
Some post-graduate college work
Advanced college degree (master's or Ph.D.; M.D.; law etc.)

11. Which group below includes your age?

0 55 - 64
O 65 and over

O Under 21
0 21 - 24
0 25 - 29
O 30 - 34

0 36 - 39
0 40-44
O 45 - 49
O 50 - 54

12.

or

Please place an "x" on one line below to show which group includes your approximate yearly or weekly personal salary before any deductions are taken out. Yearly

Weekly $3,000 or under

$57 a week or under $3,001 - $5,000

$58 - $96 $5,001 - $7,500

$97 - $144 $7,501 - $10,000

$145 - $193 $10,001 - $15,000

$194 - $289 $15,001 - $20,000

$290 - $386 $20,001 - $25,000

$387 - $482 More than $25,000

More than $482

13.

What other sources of income does your household have in addition to your salary? (More than one box may be checked).

Spouse employed part-time

Spouse employed full-time
O Pension

Interest or investment earnings
Income from rental property
Part-time job of chief wage earner
Other (Please explain).
None (SKIP TO QUESTION 15)

14. Please place an "x" on one line below to show the approximate yearly income of your entire household before taxes, including all salaries and other income. Yearly

or

Weekly $3,000 or under

$57 a week or under $3,001 - $5,000

$58 - $96 $5,001 - $7,500

$97 - $144 $7,501 – $10,000

$145 - $193 $10,001 - $15,000

$194 - $289 $15,001 - $20,000

$290 - $386 $20,001 - $25,000

$387 - $482 More than $25,000

More than $482

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17.

On the average, how many times a month do you and others in your household use credit cards or credit accounts?

Less than 5 times a month 0 5 - 9 times a month

10 – 14 times a month

15 – 19 times a month
0 20 or more times a month

18.

In an average month, how much do you usually charge on all of your credit cards? $.

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20.

Have any of the credit card bills sent to you in the past year by the following types of credit card issuers contained mistakes?

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21.

Are there any billing practices of credit card issuers that you would like to see changed? Yes No

If yes, please explain

22.

When you decide to pay only part of your balance on your department store credit account, what is the annual
percentage rate of finance charge (APR), per year?
On balances up to $500

%
On the portion of the balance above $500
Don't know

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Thank you very much. Please return this survey form in the postage paid envelope.

Senator PROXMIRE. Thank you very, very much.

Our next witness is an old friend of the chairman, Mr. Arthur Wood, the chairman of the board of Sears, Roebuck. I have known Mr. Wood for longer than I think he would like me to say.

STATEMENT OF ARTHUR M. WOOD, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD,

SEARS, ROEBUCK & CO., ACCOMPANIED BY LLOYD MCCLELLAND, SECRETARY AND GENERAL COUNSEL, AND H. R. LIVELY, MEMBER OF GENERAL CREDIT OFFICE

Mr. WOOD. Not at all, Senator.
Senator PROXMIRE. Forty years at least.
Mr. Wood. I think we both still think young, I hope.
Senator PROXMIRE. Well, you sure do.
[Discussion off the record.]

Senator PROXMIRE. You didn't even need transplants to look young, either.

Mr. Wood. You and I know it is hereditary.
Discussion off the record.]
Senator PROXMIRE. Go right ahead.
Mr. Wood. Thank you, Senator Proxmire, Senator Bennett.

I would like to introduce my colleagues, Lloyd McClelland, who is vice president and general counsel of Sears, and Randy Lively, who is a member of our general credit department in Chicago.

It is a privilege to appear before you, and I appreciate this opportunity to speak briefly with respect to S. 914, and S. 1630.

We at Sears feel that the need for this type of legislation is diminishing. Responsible remedial action by the business community, including Sears is, in our judgment, eliminating the need for legislatively mandated recourse for billing error complaints.

A bit of historical perspective on whether there is a need for billing complaint legislation, and I would like to review the specific provisions of the two bills then.

During the latter part of the 1960's, we had a number of billing error problems, and attention was focused on billing practices of creditors.

There were a number of reasons why billing error problems aroused the ire of the public and were being aired in the public forum. A new segment of the credit card industry, the bank credit card, was in the throes of becoming established and at the same time established creditors had to turn to the use of computers in order to contain escalating costs, and to keep pace with the growing demand for credit.

The computer, rather than being hailed as a very fast billing machine, was shrouded in an aura of mystery and was castigated from every quarter as a villainous device. In reality, it was only one of people willing to use a new and better tools.

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