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Wunch of bankers Jul. 16th, 2004 07:13 pm
It seems that:
a) First Direct rock
b) HSBC suck

Anyone have experience to the contrary in either case? I'm marginally bemused by the above, since HSBC own FD.

How the fuck did this week go on so long, anyway?

From: swiftangel
Date: July 16th, 2004 - 06:22 pm (Link)
HSBC has been great for me so far... I switched to them in April of last year to get away from Chase Manhattan. They're far more reasonable on their account schemes than Chase ever was, and the online services are quite good.
From: sashajwolf
Date: July 16th, 2004 - 09:46 pm (Link)
First Direct really do rock. When I had ME, they went way beyond the call of duty to make things less stressful for me - my permanent health insurers were being crap, and they threw their weight into sorting it out for me, despite the fact that the only connection between them and the insurance was that I'd paid the premium out of my account with them. They accomplished in a couple of hours what I hadn't managed to do in several months. They were also the only household insurer out of the dozen or so I tried that could wrap their collective heads around our household arrangements.
From: duncanneko
Date: July 16th, 2004 - 11:57 pm (Link)
Never had any problems with HSBC myself, they've always been pretty nice about extending my overdraft when needed ;-)
From: thekumquat
Date: July 18th, 2004 - 01:12 pm (Link)
When HSBC were Midland, they certainly sucked. I've heard rumours they still do.
Glad FirstDirect rock, as I'm planning to move to them.

I was going to go to Smile, being all Co-op and ethical and all, but seeing as the only browser you can use with them is IE, and they never sent a detailed reply to my questions about it (only the autoreply saying "We will reply shortly"), they've missed the boat.
From: kelemvor
Date: July 19th, 2004 - 11:56 am (Link)
I've had a good time with HSBC, since they were Midland.

My old boss just had his business account frozen by them, as they decided that it was part of his dead partner's estate.

Not sure about them now.