In 2009 the BBB implemented an F-A grading system for its affiliated companies with the goal of making it easier for consumers to judge a company. While the intention was good, the final outcome has been quite the opposite. The first issue consumers should have with this system is that only companies that pay to be recognized by the BBB and earn their approval can earn a grade of A+ severely diminishing their claims of neutrality. Secondly, the BBB has begun grading entire industries without looking at the individual companies. The BBB has recently announced that from now on all Debt Settlement Companies will be limited to a maximum score of C-, even if they had been recognized for their superior business practices and rewarded with certifications such as the BBB Accreditation and BBB Torch Award. While the debt settlement industry has issues to work out, the blanked grading of an industry is not only unfair to the individual companies but also to the consumers looking for help with their personal debt.
While there are bad apples among the debt settlement industry the legitimate companies offer another option for consumers looking to eliminate their debt. For some, bankruptcy, consumer credit counseling, and continuing their minimum monthly payments are not good options and that is where debt settlement can step in and help them. This blanket grading eliminates the chance for consumers to fairly judge a company based on its merits and work and instead lump every one of the 2000+ companies into one below average grade. To prevent this situation and to allow consumers to research and make up their own decisions on a particular company it is important that all consumers look past the arbitrary score given to a particular by the BBB. Instead, look at the # of complaints, how they were fixed, and how management has worked at improving the situation.
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Original Article at www.usoba.org
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