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Community Level 5leofluffy69

leofluffy69

Do the happiest people hang out here?

Advantagesa reliable bank, great services

Disadvantagespremium rate numbers to contact staff

"...in school (about aged 13) Barclays set up a basic account in a broom cupboard. I had a young savers account with Halifax and knew I had about £200 in there the thing was that was really out of bounds. I would save birthday and Christmas money but other than that my 50p pocket money was spent on sweets and cheap toys. I decided that in order to really save money I had to pay it into an account every week. At the time the manager from a local Barclays ..." Read review
14.12.2008

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Community Level 4daveops

daveops

What is Open Plan from Barclays and Woolwich

AdvantagesIdeal for high rate taxpayers looking to track base rate

DisadvantagesLack of choice and dubious overall value

"Barclays Open Plan Formerly an inspiration from the Woolwich, it was said when Barclays took them over that a big part of the reason was that those who claim to be fluent in finance were impressed by this financial model. Well, they liked it so much they bought the company. And a couple of years on we were faced with a saturation level advertising campaign to bring the concept to the people. Promising savings of billions for the nation! So, ..." Read review
27.04.2003

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Community Level 1SuperDude13

SuperDude13

Simply The Best - BarclayPlus

AdvantagesDecent Interest, Friendly Stuff, Useful freebies and manage your money machines

DisadvantagesCan't do online banking till 16+ (on Young Persons account)

"REVIEW OF BARCLAYS "BARCLAY PLUS" ACCOUNT. ****WHY I CHOSE BARCLAYS**** At the age of 13 (this year!) i finally started taking an interest in fiance (i even understand alot about the NR Crises!). So i spent about a week googleing, seeing what NatWest, Lloyds TSB, Halifax, HSBC, Abbey, Nationwide and The Co-operative bank had to offer. I didn't bother looking up Barclays because i had heard bad things about them on TV (Watchdog & News), but eventually ..." Read review
12.10.2007

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Barclays a bank that is probably better than most

AdvantagesInternet banking and leaders in innovation (eg pingit and contactless payment)

DisadvantagesLow interest rates, telephone banking

"I have held a Barclays Bank Account since the Stone Age well since January 1985 – still a very long time, and in this time has Barclays shown me any reward for my continued patriotism? In a word, no! When I first applied for a Barclays Bank Account it was as a student to pay in my wages from a Saturday/Sunday job a fellow student was also doing and had started only a few weeks before. I don’t recall Barclays requiring the amount of information they ..." Read review
14.10.2012

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Community Level 5ANNJSEC

ANNJSEC

COFFEE WITH YOUR CURRENT ACCOUNT MADAM

AdvantagesPleasant local staff

DisadvantagesToo big, too impersonal and uncaring

"...of my warning. My account with Barclays Bank was opened way back in the early 70s when I was saving to get married. I remained with the Central Liverpool Branch because it was next door to my place of work and I continued saving until I became pregnant. By this time I had accumulated a small nest egg (or so I thought) which I could use to purchase a pram, cot, baby clothes etc., Nearing the end of my pregnancy, I felt secure enough to purchase ..." Read review
19.02.2001

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Community Level 3clarebarker

clarebarker

Could do Better

Advantageshave done what they need to

Disadvantagesakward online access - low interest

"...actually been a customer of barclays for just over a year, and have a joint current account, and joint e-saver account which is used for the general household finance (bills, mortgage etc). This may or may not be long enough for me to comment on the accounts, but I can compare it to Natwest (who I had my sole accounts with from the age of about 16 to last year) and Lloyds TSB who I moved my sole accounts to from Natwest (as I felt I could be getting ..." Read review
07.08.2008

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Community Level 2agapi_mou

agapi_mou

Need a Student Account

AdvantagesFee-free, interest-free overdraft.

DisadvantagesOnly give you £50 cheque guarantee limit.

"...an account with them. Barclays don't offer these cheap gimicks, but read on to find out what you do get. When I converted my current account to a Student Account last year, Barclays offered me an interest-free fee-free overdraft of up to £1350 (check with your branch as it may have increased), a Student Barclaycard with an instant credit limit of £200 (and remember, once you've had the card for at least three months, you can ask the bank to increase ..." Read review
16.09.2001

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Community Level 3laserquester

laserquester

Barclays Connect Account

Advantagessee text

Disadvantagessee text

"...cash machines world wide, and Barclays will not charge you for using any of the cash machines in the category (those are any with the ‘Link’ or ‘Visa’ signs on them). ..." Read review
07.01.2002

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Community Level 1JamJar

JamJar

Barclays Student Account

AdvantagesGood limit on overdraft, easy to use online banking and the freebies aren't bad either

DisadvantagesHave you ever seen the queues to see a personal banker?!

"...had a current account with Barclays at the time of looking for a student so it seemed sensible(ish) to go with them. At the click of button they transferred my current account to a student accout and bingo THE BONUSES/INCENTIVES Theres always a gimmick... Within a couple of days my £20 Waterstones or HMV vouchers arrived (which is quick) and you recieve these on successfully opening the account. I did not need to change my cards as they ..." Read review
08.11.2002

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Community Level 2jameshale

jameshale

A student account

AdvantagesFree vouchers, large overdraft, very helpful

DisadvantagesHigh rate of interest on Barclaycard after the first 56 days.

"...a close look at the Barclays student offer. The incentives are certainly good. Things have changed this year as opposed to the freebies i got last year though. Firstly there is the offer of £20 Waterstones vouchers when you deposit £500 into the account, then there is a further £20 of vouchers when you successfully apply for a Barclaycard (you don't have to use it). In my day (hang on, i'm only 20, i shouldn't be saying things like that) you got ..." Read review
28.01.2001

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Community Level 2queenjewls

queenjewls

STUDENT BANKING @ BARCLAYS

Advantagesgreat service,

Disadvantagescan charge for using different atm machines

"Barclays provide a great service for students. The reason I initially took a Barclays account was because it was the closest bank to uni, but that wouldnt be a big problem even if it weren't so close because there are so many branches of each type of bank scattered around. The no quibble interest free overdraft limit is £1250 which has proved to be very handy - and thats exactly what it is - NO QUIBBLE!! Friends who bank at other places have regular ..." Read review
03.08.2000

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Community Level 1eatmorepies

eatmorepies

Best Student package around

AdvantagesHigh Overdraft limit/ free Phone/ internet access

DisadvantagesLow £350 Credit card limit/ High Credit card interest rate.

"Barclays are great because you get an interest free overdraft of up to £1,200. You can however, increase that up to £3000 at a reduced interest rate. This is much higher than any other limit offered by other banks. When I opened my account I was given a free mobile phone. I'm not sure what the freebies are at the moment. But a phone has to be better tha a mug and some crappy money off vouchers that you're never going to use. When you Graduate, ..." Read review
06.01.2001

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Community Level 2nickdilworth

nickdilworth

Student Banking Services

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"The Barclays Account is one of the best I think there is around especially for students. I was originally with Lloyds Bank and I found there customer service very poor – They were also very inflexible. On several occasions they would charge me £10 for going £1 overdrawn. This is why when I became a student I switched to Barclays – They have excellent personal service and their monthly statement provides a lot more info than most banks – Their online ..." Read review
03.08.2000

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Community Level 3Ladywell1

Ladywell1

Barclays Student Account

AdvantagesBarclays student account better for students support

DisadvantagesTakes far too long to open account.

"...August 2002) I went into Barclays Bank to open an account. After waiting nearly an hour to open the account I was told that it will take upto 45 mins. to open and then I would have to wait a further three weeks for confirmation of the account being opened. REASONS FOR THIS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To protect the customer, and to prevent fraud. Why do they need to ask you for proof of identity ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The ..." Read review
28.07.2002

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Community Level 2asterion

asterion

Their is the best student service you can get

AdvantagesApproachable and understanding

DisadvantagesLow interest rates, as every other student account

"...been thoroughly impressed with my Barclays account. When I first opened the account, I was using another with Natwest but I was seduced for that no-quibbles £100 overdraft buffer (this course is £200). The Connect card which comes with the account is a Visa Debit (Delta) which I am also pleased with, as it appears to be more universally accepted than other cards, e.g.say, Switch or Cirrus. The first time I needed their help, just before christmas, ..." Read review
26.12.2000

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