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    primarily intended

    Dear all,

    How should I understand "primarily intended" underlined in the sentence below?

    Thanks in advance.

    In late 1928, the National Association of Credit Men, a group of 30,000 merchants and manufacturers, warned that “making it easy for people to buy beyond their needs or to buy before they have saved enough to gratify their wishes tends to encourage a condition that . . . supports a form of transaction for which credit buying is not primarily intended.” But not many people were listening.

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    Re: primarily intended

    When the system to buy on credit was introduced, there were certain things that its creators had in mind about how credit buying should be used. Those were their intentions.

    At the time being referred to , people were using credit in ways they did not intend for it to be used.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: primarily intended

    Well put. Eartha's lucky I didn't try first

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    Re: primarily intended

    I confess that my knowledge of early credit cards is shaky. I understand the idea of buying on installments, but I thought Diners Club was the first real credit card. I'll have to ask for refund on that class in my MBA program. Or maybe not - maybe they'd ask for my diploma back instead!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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