Wal-Mart and American Express Introduce Improved Prepaid Card

Retail giant Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT  ) has again teamed with American Express (NYSE: AXP  ) to offer customers a new prepaid debit card product meant to replace traditional checking accounts.

The new card, named Bluebird, is an updated version of a reloadable prepaid debit card of the same name that was tested for a limited time around this time last year. Wal-Mart canceled the program this past July reportedly due to lack of interest. 

Today's announcement said the improved card incorporated customer feedback received during the pilot program. A disclosure of the card's fee structure revealed that the product assesses very few fees.

Bluebird users will be able to deposit money in a variety of ways, including payroll direct deposit, remote check capture via an app, using cash at any Wal-Mart register, or by linking a checking, savings, or debit card to the account. Visit bluebird.com for more information.

The new product launch represents an ongoing effort by American Express to market debit cards to lower-income consumers, and Wal-Mart's drive to offer a more varied line of financial products to its customers.

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  • Report this Comment On November 30, 2012, at 1:27 PM, randi49 wrote:

    This card is useless. They claim to accept direct deposit, but what they don’t tell you upfront, they will reject federal direct deposits.

    My social security is in limbo will be for days. Social Security Beneficiaries or Federal workers avoid this card. I am so mad there is nothing for me to do. I went back to my other card which was working better. I thought Bluebird would offer better ways to pay bills, etc. They wont even take my money. This is just another scam. Read all the fine print. Blue Bird should disclose this first before you apply.

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