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2014-03-16 01:48:15 PM  
Glad you dug that one up, subby.
 
2014-03-16 01:55:08 PM  
Having a metal card would be cool, but I'm not going to use any credit card that has an annual fee.
 
2014-03-16 01:57:37 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
Not a steal. Not a steel.
 
2014-03-16 01:57:48 PM  
Headline is comedy gold, subs.
 
2014-03-16 03:43:02 PM  
If it ever gets stolen, investigations will keep the coppers busy for weeks.
 
2014-03-16 03:49:25 PM  

Dallymo: Headline is comedy gold, subs.

Subby is a silver-tongued devil.
 
2014-03-16 03:53:54 PM  

Nice ad.

 
2014-03-16 03:55:03 PM  
FTFA: "Like many things in life that double as status symbols, metal cards may have a shelf life. Don Sabatini, managing director at SecretEntourage.com, a luxury lifestyle website, started using the American Express Centurion six years ago and would use it in a conspicuous fashion when he socializing (and networking) with a high-net-worth crowd, but he says he uses it less often now. "When you're in that crowd where other people have these kinds of cards too and notice yours, it serves a purpose," he says. The opposite is true too: A burger bar in Hollywood, Fla., once refused the Centurion because the cashier didn't think it was real. And these days, he says, his peers are less impressed. "When you have the Lamborghini and the watches, the card doesn't do as much," he says."

Anybody else feel nothing but complete disgust and contempt towards this asswipe?  And how exactly do you use your credit card in "a conspicuous fashion"?  Overly exaggerating your motions of retrieving the card from your wallet and shouting "Voila!" upon producing it, attempting to bend the card in front of everyone to show them it's not plastic, tapping it a few times against your champagne glass, and calling over the waiter and saying "Why YES, the MYTH is a REALITY, for *I* have a CENTURION CARD!"

Jesus effing Christ.
 
2014-03-16 03:59:56 PM  
Just be sure you can pay your debt, or else the bank will have you between a rock and a hard place.
 
2014-03-16 04:13:11 PM  
Holding out for the Depleted Uranium card.
 
2014-03-16 04:19:52 PM  

valkore: FTFA: "Like many things in life that double as status symbols, metal cards may have a shelf life. Don Sabatini, managing director at SecretEntourage.com, a luxury lifestyle website, started using the American Express Centurion six years ago and would use it in a conspicuous fashion when he socializing (and networking) with a high-net-worth crowd, but he says he uses it less often now. "When you're in that crowd where other people have these kinds of cards too and notice yours, it serves a purpose," he says. The opposite is true too: A burger bar in Hollywood, Fla., once refused the Centurion because the cashier didn't think it was real. And these days, he says, his peers are less impressed. "When you have the Lamborghini and the watches, the card doesn't do as much," he says."

Anybody else feel nothing but complete disgust and contempt towards this asswipe?  And how exactly do you use your credit card in "a conspicuous fashion"?  Overly exaggerating your motions of retrieving the card from your wallet and shouting "Voila!" upon producing it, attempting to bend the card in front of everyone to show them it's not plastic, tapping it a few times against your champagne glass, and calling over the waiter and saying "Why YES, the MYTH is a REALITY, for *I* have a CENTURION CARD!"

Jesus effing Christ.


That's the whole point of the card (and this ad, masquerading as an article.) Conspicuous consumption, coupled to self-selecting exclusivity, means that you're somehow better than everyone else - that's the American Dream in a nutshell, at least since Reagan. Remember, "rich = better," because that's the way we like it. He has to ensure that you know about "the Lamborghini and the watches," because that's his only way of measuring his self-worth as a person. The card is a visible symbol of that self-worth - now that it's harder to validate himself with it, he's reluctant to use it. The Lamborghini still impresses, and I'm sure his vast array of watches still excites, so, yeah, it's just not as good now.

Pathetic. This is what so many of us, including some of my peers, have come to, and it's hard to watch.
 
2014-03-16 04:23:39 PM  
My Dirt card was just upgraded to Mud.
 
2014-03-16 04:42:07 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Having a metal card would be cool, but I'm not going to use any credit card that has an annual fee.


The only card I use with a fee is my AMEX Blue Preferred card, for the $75 extra I pay a year, I get 6% back on groceries vs the 3% back that you get with the free version of the card. My wife uses it for all of our groceries, and we get back about $430 a year from it, instead of the $215 we got back with the free card. The difference covers the $75, and gets us an extra $140 a year in rewards.
 
2014-03-16 04:44:21 PM  
My Chase Sapphire card has been metal for a couple of years.  It's a pain in the ass most of the time because the numbers are engraved on the back which confuses people and it's heavy.  You have to hold on to it much tighter if you swing your hand with the card in hand because it seems to like to go flying.  You also have to mail them back to chase for destruction because you can't just cut them up or run them through a shredder.

The new one I got after the Target breach has a chip.  it's chip and signature, not chip and pin so it still can't be used in kiosks in Europe but it looks cool.

I'd be just as happy with plastic.
 
2014-03-16 04:54:24 PM  
and they will all steal your money equally well.
 
2014-03-16 04:55:13 PM  

wxboy: Just be sure you can pay your debt, or else the bank will have you between a rock and a hard place.



Banks love debt.  its their bread and butter.  beats working for a living.
 
2014-03-16 04:56:17 PM  

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Holding out for the Depleted Uranium card.



every Republican needs the Plutonium Card.  It goes everywhere they do.
 
2014-03-16 04:56:37 PM  

Linux_Yes: and they will all steal your money equally well.


I have had the opposite happen to me. All the credit cards I have have paid me to use them, I get about $1500 a year cash back from them. I pay them off every month, so I never pay interest.
 
2014-03-16 05:00:58 PM  
Unfortunately, the paladium card poisoned my blood.  Time to create a new element.
 
2014-03-16 05:08:33 PM  

valkore: FTFA: "Like many things in life that double as status symbols, metal cards may have a shelf life. Don Sabatini, managing director at SecretEntourage.com, a luxury lifestyle website, started using the American Express Centurion six years ago and would use it in a conspicuous fashion when he socializing (and networking) with a high-net-worth crowd, but he says he uses it less often now. "When you're in that crowd where other people have these kinds of cards too and notice yours, it serves a purpose," he says. The opposite is true too: A burger bar in Hollywood, Fla., once refused the Centurion because the cashier didn't think it was real. And these days, he says, his peers are less impressed. "When you have the Lamborghini and the watches, the card doesn't do as much," he says."

Anybody else feel nothing but complete disgust and contempt towards this asswipe?  And how exactly do you use your credit card in "a conspicuous fashion"?  Overly exaggerating your motions of retrieving the card from your wallet and shouting "Voila!" upon producing it, attempting to bend the card in front of everyone to show them it's not plastic, tapping it a few times against your champagne glass, and calling over the waiter and saying "Why YES, the MYTH is a REALITY, for *I* have a CENTURION CARD!"

Jesus effing Christ.


He sounds like a acquaintance of John Fitzgerald Page....
 
2014-03-16 05:15:53 PM  
I ordered an ununoctium card, but by the time I got it in the mail it was just a uranium card :(
 
2014-03-16 05:24:04 PM  
I ordered the hydrogen card, but all I got was some damp ashes.
 
2014-03-16 05:24:04 PM  

BadReligion: Linux_Yes: and they will all steal your money equally well.

I have had the opposite happen to me. All the credit cards I have have paid me to use them, I get about $1500 a year cash back from them. I pay them off every month, so I never pay interest.



clever.  you are using the system against itself.  the ones paying the interest every month because they didn't pay their balance are paying YOU.

you should at least provide lubricant to these people.
 
2014-03-16 05:46:46 PM  

Linux_Yes: BadReligion: Linux_Yes: and they will all steal your money equally well.

I have had the opposite happen to me. All the credit cards I have have paid me to use them, I get about $1500 a year cash back from them. I pay them off every month, so I never pay interest.


clever.  you are using the system against itself.  the ones paying the interest every month because they didn't pay their balance are paying YOU.

you should at least provide lubricant to these people.


I find it amusing that while valkore is hating on conspicuous consumption, BadReligion is bragging about spending over $100,000 a year.
 
2014-03-16 06:00:11 PM  
I carry the Plutonium Card.

/Humans are suckers who will fall for anything that appears to make them appear more prestigious.
 
2014-03-16 06:07:17 PM  
I carry a metallic Xenon card.
 
2014-03-16 06:40:11 PM  
When is the Transparent Aluminum card coming out?
/"I notice ye are still working with polymers..."
 
2014-03-16 06:47:21 PM  
It's all about the cobalt card, baby.
 
2014-03-16 06:55:56 PM  
You're nothing until you have the New Polonium Card.  Then you will be someone special.
 
2014-03-16 07:29:28 PM  
Credit cards used to be simple. Like video game sequels. There was an understandable order to the hierarchy. Silver, Gold. Then Platinum. Then Sapphire and Black. And Transparent. And Plus. And Cheese. And Wednesday. Finally, Mastercard Ultra Cousin Tony.
 
2014-03-16 07:44:05 PM  

Linux_Yes: BadReligion: Linux_Yes: and they will all steal your money equally well.

I have had the opposite happen to me. All the credit cards I have have paid me to use them, I get about $1500 a year cash back from them. I pay them off every month, so I never pay interest.


clever.  you are using the system against itself.  the ones paying the interest every month because they didn't pay their balance are paying YOU.

you should at least provide lubricant to these people.


The processors get 2-3% of the credit transactions. That used to be enough to cover keypunch operators reading slips, and balance carriage really was where they made money. Now it's 99.9% electronic, so they can give you a kick back of 1%.

That card with no foreign transaction or cash advance fees sounds great if you travel internationally much. Don't take a wad of cash to turn into dosh, just fly over and get the advance. In fact, you could travel with a minimum of cash or dosh with a card like that. Just be sure to log in and pay the balance down.
 
2014-03-16 09:13:10 PM  
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a nice, heavy card that they paid me $500 to sign up for. And if you downgrade it before a year to avoid the fee, just don't activate the thin one and keep using the nice one...until Target compromises it and they change your number.
 
2014-03-16 09:17:32 PM  

Linux_Yes: BadReligion: Linux_Yes: and they will all steal your money equally well.

I have had the opposite happen to me. All the credit cards I have have paid me to use them, I get about $1500 a year cash back from them. I pay them off every month, so I never pay interest.


clever.  you are using the system against itself.  the ones paying the interest every month because they didn't pay their balance are paying YOU.

you should at least provide lubricant to these people.


Kind of like noticing that someone users a wrench to fix things rather than smash their own fingers, and being impressed by their ingenuity.
 
2014-03-16 09:39:41 PM  
I'll gladly have a card made of C2N14, if you can synthesize enough to make a card without it exploding, and can then mail it to me without it exploding.

http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/2013/01/09/things_i_wont_work_wit h_azidoazide_azides_more_or_less.php
 
2014-03-16 09:39:44 PM  
I once had the supreme pleasure of making some rich dude rage by not accepting his big money metal credit card that he wasn't being very subtle about.  We didn't take American Express. He started yelling and calling me names, he was honestly turning purple that I didn't know who he was and that I'm just too stupid to run a credit card and that EVERYONE takes this goddamned American Express card.

My uncontrollable impulse to laugh inappropriately kicked in and that didn't mitigate the situation.

/sorry, sir, do you have a visa? Many debit cards are visas.  How about a check? We take local checks.
//loved being in customer service that day.
 
2014-03-16 09:42:10 PM  
I got the plutonium card and now my testicles are inexplicably lumpier  :-(
 
2014-03-16 10:00:09 PM  
I ordered my Bank of America Gallium, but I have to carry it around in a cooler. It's shiny, though.
 
2014-03-16 10:37:06 PM  

itcamefromschenectady: Linux_Yes: BadReligion: Linux_Yes: and they will all steal your money equally well.

I have had the opposite happen to me. All the credit cards I have have paid me to use them, I get about $1500 a year cash back from them. I pay them off every month, so I never pay interest.


clever.  you are using the system against itself.  the ones paying the interest every month because they didn't pay their balance are paying YOU.

you should at least provide lubricant to these people.

I find it amusing that while valkore is hating on conspicuous consumption, BadReligion is bragging about spending over $100,000 a year.


At least its not about his rolex. For once. Yet. Haven't finished the thread....
 
2014-03-16 11:08:52 PM  

gadian: I once had the supreme pleasure of making some rich dude rage by not accepting his big money metal credit card that he wasn't being very subtle about.  We didn't take American Express. He started yelling and calling me names, he was honestly turning purple that I didn't know who he was and that I'm just too stupid to run a credit card and that EVERYONE takes this goddamned American Express card.

My uncontrollable impulse to laugh inappropriately kicked in and that didn't mitigate the situation.

/sorry, sir, do you have a visa? Many debit cards are visas.  How about a check? We take local checks.
//loved being in customer service that day.


I once was having dinner at a Japanese restaurant (in the US, not Japan) with my mother for her birthday and found out when I tried to pay the bill that they only took American Express. Unfortunately I didn't have one, so I had to go find an ATM.
 
2014-03-16 11:28:30 PM  
Palladium: Have Card, Will Travel
 
2014-03-16 11:44:48 PM  
Can't wait till my preorder arrives.

https://onlycoin.com/
 
2014-03-16 11:56:31 PM  
I also vote for issuing unshielded plutonium cards to the world's wealthiest individuals.
 
2014-03-17 12:02:59 AM  

valkore: Anybody else feel nothing but complete disgust and contempt towards this asswipe?


Oh yeah. Then I realize that'd only make him more smug, and I move on thinking about other things.

These cards seem crazy silly, though. Cartoonish, almost. There has to be a better way to finance a jet. Having never done it, though, that's just a wild guess.
 
2014-03-17 12:06:27 AM  

machodonkeywrestler: Can't wait till my preorder arrives.

https://onlycoin.com/


Neat idea, but my first thought was, wow, that's going to make it really easy for fraudsters to clone people's cards.
 
2014-03-17 12:45:41 AM  

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Holding out for the Depleted Uranium card.


Don't leave home without it? Hell... I can barely leave home with it.
 
2014-03-17 12:47:27 AM  

germ78: I also vote for issuing unshielded plutonium cards to the world's wealthiest individuals.


Keep it in your wallet long enough and you literally could spend your ass off.
 
2014-03-17 01:03:32 AM  
They are going to make credit cards out of palladium?

According to Wikipedia "Finely divided palladium metal can be pyrophoric. As a platinum-group metal, the bulk material is quite inert. Although contact dermatitis has been reported, the amount of data on the effects of exposure to palladium is limited"

I'm suddenly feeling better about this.
 
2014-03-17 01:03:53 AM  

Fuggin Bizzy: valkore: Anybody else feel nothing but complete disgust and contempt towards this asswipe?

Oh yeah. Then I realize that'd only make him more smug, and I move on thinking about other things.

These cards seem crazy silly, though. Cartoonish, almost. There has to be a better way to finance a jet. Having never done it, though, that's just a wild guess.


Well, I used to have a minion follow me around with duffle bags full of cash, but the paperwork on cash transactions over $10K is such a pain that it's just not worth it.
 
2014-03-17 01:23:52 AM  

Mr. Eugenides: Fuggin Bizzy: valkore: Anybody else feel nothing but complete disgust and contempt towards this asswipe?

Oh yeah. Then I realize that'd only make him more smug, and I move on thinking about other things.

These cards seem crazy silly, though. Cartoonish, almost. There has to be a better way to finance a jet. Having never done it, though, that's just a wild guess.

Well, I used to have a minion follow me around with duffle bags full of cash, but the paperwork on cash transactions over $10K is such a pain that it's just not worth it.


Heh heh. Bottom.
 
2014-03-17 02:17:20 AM  

Ishidan: When is the Transparent Aluminum card coming out?
/"I notice ye are still working with polymers..."


It's already here: the Chase Sapphire Rewards card

/science geeks will get it
 
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