primor® Secured Visa Gold Card Reviews

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3.2 out of 5 stars
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Application Process

3.5 out of 5 stars

Customer Service

3 out of 5 stars

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Card Details

  • Balance Transfer Intro APR Not Applicable
  • Balance Transfer Regular APR Not Applicable
  • Annual Fee $49
  • Purchase Intro APR Not Applicable
  • Purchase Regular APR 9.99%

Our Take

The primor® Secured Visa Gold Card is a solid option for people with limited or no credit history who want to build their credit.

What to Like

It’s a secured credit card, meaning people with limited or no credit history can still get approved. The card also has a relatively low APR on purchases, and reports to all three credit bureaus.

Look Out For

Because the card is secured, you’ll have to pay a security deposit equal to the size of your credit line. There’s also a $49 annual fee.


Most Helpful Positive Review

Aug 25, 2016
Not bad but $49 annual fee eeeeew!!!
hawthorneboi Cardholder

This is not a bad card for rebuilding credit. It is not with any of the big banks so the structure for normal activity i.e bill pay can be a little tricky just go to the link at the bottom to make the payment and you will be fine. I applied for the card back in Dec 15 with $300 with a high 500 TU the good thing about thios card though is they DO NOT CHECK CREDIT!! If you have $100 after al your bills are paid you are approved and there is no hard inquiry. I love the fact that the intrest rate is only 9.99% the best intrest rate of ANY secured card however as I became for familiar with the credit game I cancelled the card. I now have a cap 1 qs 1 $500cl limit cap 1 platinum $500cl AMEX everyday blue cash $1200cl FNBOmaha Plat Visa $1500 and a AMEX everday $5000cl. I have cancelled the card just recently now watiing on the $500 they owe me. I recommend this card to build credit and remeber to pay that balance to below 20% around the statement cut date.

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Most Helpful Negative Review

Oct 29, 2016
Anonymous Cardholder

if you don't like this credit card, you need to wait 7 week for the cancellation.....

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These reviews were written by current and former cardholders in the last year.

Aug 09, 2017
Credit Building
lhayes9 Cardholder

This is a great card to use if you really wanna build your score just use 20 to 30% every month and pay on time your score will go up no lie. Just use it responsible.

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Jul 07, 2017
130 points increase in six months
Anonymous Cardholder

This is a great card for repairing bad credit. They don't do a credit check or a hard pull. I've had the card almost six months now and my credit shot up 130 points. Just opening the card gives a significant boost, which will gradually climb if you keep utilization low around 10-20 % and make on time payments.  My previous credit card had been closed and charged off, then finally dropped off of my report but left my score low nonetheless. I needed a new card to start over but didn't qualify for an unsecured card. You have to make a deposit for your credit limit and pay a fee.  Customer service is good, they answer questions thoroughly and I always understand them. Paying bills is easy to do online and you can check what you owe and the due date online. 

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May 21, 2017
Rebuilds your credit slowly
Albertsgirl28 Cardholder

I have had this card since April 2015. My credit was very poor and I started with the $300 deposit. My deposit/ limit is now close to $1000 and they are faithful reporters of the increases. 
Pay with their "fast pay" website (I made that name up) and payments are posted within 1 buisness day and there is no fee. 

Use this card faithfully and then pay it off monthly, completely and early or on time! 

They have recently chagned the name to Berkshire Bank but other than that I have not seen any changes. 

Yes- the interest can be high and you have an annual fee. 

That's because this is for people that have made credit mistakes. 

Pay for the mistakes and re-build with this card- you will not regret it. 

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Jul 31, 2017

Did they increase your limit or did you just add money?

Apr 25, 2017
Anonymous Cardholder

I had this card for a year no credit increase. I pay on time and now since its Berkley Bank it haven't been reported to increase my credit score since October of 2016. I had good reports in the first few months. I guess I was one that fell through the cracks. I called so many times and still nothing has been done. I'm with capitol one and so far i'm pleased. It probably works for someone else. Mine wasn't the case.

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Jul 17, 2017

"I had this card for a year no credit increase."

lol it's a secured card. if you want to increase it, you have to pay for it.

Apr 23, 2017
Life changing
Anonymous Cardholder

I don't understand the bad reviews. I have 2 cards with them , before credit was in 400's now I'm deeply in the 800's . Great card , great company , everything been real smooth . Pay every month b4 the actually date & always stay under 30% & life should go it's way. I'm only 22 with more them a 800 + score.

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Jul 19, 2017

How long have you had it

Apr 15, 2017
Too Risky
juliastephanie Cardholder

I read these negative reviews and will not even consider it as a result! The whole selling point was to have lower % but sounds like it's better to pay for better services and no hassles. Capital One has helped me effortlessly to return stolen funds through a scam within 7 - 10 days last year. I'd hate to give up services that good for something that could actually harm my credit - which went from 325 to over 600 in under 2 years now! Knowledge is power folks. Keep sharing it! Thanks

Never owned it or applied but don't have the choice up here to say so in order to send my review!

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Apr 04, 2017
Does the job!
Happygal0891 Cardholder

In May of 2016, my score was in the 450's. I opened a Harbor One secured card through my bank and when I saw my score had increased 104 points in 5 months I decided to try for another secured card. The Primor card has been fine. No issues. Hassle free. I pay my bill online way before it's due. I keep my utilization rate very low...under 10%. My score is now in the 620's. It's going slow because I have some past unpaid debt on my credit report, but I'm very pleased that the secured cards helped increase my credit over 170 points in less than a year. Customer service is good. I def recommend this card.

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Apr 03, 2017
its ok dont really like secured cards
Anonymous Cardholder

I like how it improves your credit score but i dislike having a secured card because your just using money you put on it. 

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Mar 19, 2017
Not the greatest
kosheban Cardholder

I've had this card for a few years now- with two separate sites for checking your account history/transactions and making online payments, it gets a little confusing and becomes a hassel every month. Customer service has been unhelpful and unfriendly and the yearly fee is completely outrageous. I would close this card today if it wouldn't affect my credit score. If you're looking for a good, RELIABLE, easy to use secured card (and one that will increase your limit WITHOUT you depositing more money) go with CapitalOne- in addition to being easy to use, the card comes with plenty of benefits including free credit score tracking etc. FirstChoice/Primor/Berkshire is the WORST. 

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Mar 05, 2017
redflag777 Cardholder

'When you read these reviews you cant help but to shake your head sometimes. Like the person who said they had the card for 3 months and the card made their credit worse. These people always make it a point to tell you to sign up with another credit card bank like capital one. First off Cap1 cant come close to this rate of 9.99% fixed. Thats enough to get the card on its own. The other complaint they had is about the reporting time. All banks report once a month. These reviews are cooked and these folks giving these reviews probably get paid to trash primor who is now berkshire bank. 

Finally a bank to look after the little guy. They dont believe in screwing people with bad or no credit.  once again, a fixed 9.99% rate with bad or no credit because EVERYBODY IS APPROVED.  THIS CARD HELPED ME GO FROM A 498 TO A 639 IN LESS THAN A YEAR.

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