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(Engadget)   Visa wants to put your credit card in your sunglasses, because who ever loses sunglasses?   ( engadget.com) divider line
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478 clicks; posted to Geek » on 15 Mar 2017 at 10:02 AM (31 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2017-03-15 09:05:08 AM  
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2017-03-15 09:55:55 AM  
That will be worse than when the Doctor put his sonic screwdriver (functionality) in his sunglasses.
 
2017-03-15 10:29:40 AM  
They can want to do it.  I'm not going to buy them, but they can want.

//no means no.
 
2017-03-15 10:31:11 AM  
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YEEEEEAAAH
 
2017-03-15 10:31:59 AM  
I probably might actually manage to for once in my life NOT lose my sunglasses if they were also my Credit Card.
 
2017-03-15 10:34:11 AM  
This is ALMOST as dumb as putting Trump on the ballot.
 
2017-03-15 10:36:19 AM  

Dr. Kefarkian: This is ALMOST as dumb as putting Trump on the ballot.


Which means it's a brilliant strategic maneuver which will absolutely not end with Visa shiatting the bed repeatedly.
 
2017-03-15 10:38:46 AM  
"I'm sorry, sir, your sunglasses have been declined. I have been asked to cut them up."
 
2017-03-15 10:52:57 AM  

Snarfangel: "I'm sorry, sir, your sunglasses have been declined. I have been asked to cut them up."


They also do this in response:
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2017-03-15 11:09:07 AM  
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2017-03-15 11:21:47 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: [img.fark.net image 850x478]


They're everywhen you want to be.
 
2017-03-15 11:32:37 AM  

fst_creeper: They can want to do it.  I'm not going to buy them, but they can want.

//no means no.


I live in Portland, OR; so, I'd only be able to buy stuff 82 days a year?
 
2017-03-15 12:13:38 PM  
I don't quite understand the point of putting credit cards in things that are not credit cards - ie. sunglasses, phones, etc.

If I need to use a credit card, I simply use the one in my wallet. Even if that credit card was replaced by something else (ie. a phone), I would still need to have the wallet anyway for cash, ID, etc. There's no benefit to the replacement.
 
2017-03-15 12:25:45 PM  
In the future they're going to charge for daylight.
 
2017-03-15 12:47:32 PM  
Ladies and gentlemen, a new champion. Let's take a moment to wish the old worst glasses idea ever goodbye.

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2017-03-15 01:09:09 PM  

trialpha: I don't quite understand the point of putting credit cards in things that are not credit cards - ie. sunglasses, phones, etc.

If I need to use a credit card, I simply use the one in my wallet. Even if that credit card was replaced by something else (ie. a phone), I would still need to have the wallet anyway for cash, ID, etc. There's no benefit to the replacement.


Male-like typing detected.

I think the only people these "put it all in your phone/glasses" things benefit are younger-generation woman who don't carry a purse (too old-fashioned), but don't carry a wallet either because women's jeans aren't built for that. They put everything in their phone, and then they stick the phone halfway into their back pocket. They want nothing else on their body because they don't want a bulge.

I carry a wallet. I have to. I keep things in it, and I'd rather not have all my stuff in my phone. But I've known some younger girls who eschewed the idea of having anything other than their mobile phone and their car & house key. That's all.

So from all this, we can surmise that the people in charge of marketing at Visa are women under 30.
 
2017-03-15 01:14:36 PM  
No They Live references yet?

PUT THE GLASSES ON!
 
2017-03-15 02:38:15 PM  
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2017-03-15 02:46:52 PM  
About ten years ago on the way to the airport I had the foresight to stop off and get some new sunglasses.  I was flying across the country to attend a memorial service for a family member and I knew I was going to be a wreck and something about it said I should have a new pair of glasses to try and hide the inevitable redness as a result of what was going to be a very long and sad weekend.

I don't buy cheap sunglasses.  If I spend a little coin I do tend to look after them and take care of them.  So even though it cost me a c-note I think I still come out ahead of the game when I don't end up having to buy a new pair or two every year or so like with the cheap ones.

The last pair saw me through alot past that memorial service.  They traveled the world with me.  They survived getting fished out of the water in Bermuda from a fishing guide boat.  They went to the desert a few times for work.  They were necessary for a two hour ride on the back of a Harley to a data center when we had an outage and our local Tech was AWOL.  I shoveled out after blizzards and avoided going snowblind with them a few times.  They even survived a few trips to the local woods where we played with chainsaws and stocked up on wood for the Winter.

They were battered but in good shape.

Last Summer the in-laws took myself, the wife and kids to a local place for dinner down the Cape.  We sat outside and watched the water.  As the sun was going down I put the glasses on the table.  During the course of the meal the MIL started popping off about how the immigrant population that generally doubles the population during the Tourist Season was turning the town to shiat.  She was loud enough to be heard by various servers that were obviously members of the group she was accusing of bringing in drugs and causing crime in her lily-white Coastal town.

While the dishes were being cleared I could hear the server mumbling and I made a quick comment about "Sorry about her.  Old people.  What can you do?"

The kids were getting fidgety so I grabbed the remaining dinner rolls we had and headed down to the water with them and we fed the ducks.  It kept them busy as the meal finished up and shortly after we all headed home.

The next morning we were packing up and I realized I'd left my glasses at the restaurant.  My heart sank.  The in-laws tried to convince me that since it was such an upscale place the odds were that they had been turned in.  I wanted to tell her that somehow, thanks to her comments I knew they were gone.

When I got to the maitre'd I recognized him from the evening before and he recognized me.  I sheepishly asked about the glasses and he pulled out a big plastic bin with "Lost and Found" written on the side.

You ever start doing something and know that you're just wasting your time?  You ever start doing something and know that someone already knows the results?

Yeah, that times a thousand.

There was nothing in that bin but cheap gas station fodder.  I thanked him for his time and left.

The point is that even something as common as sunglasses has a price on them, even if they're old and beat up.  I don't think they got taken because they had a Ray-Ban logo on them, they got taken because my MIL was an obnoxious twat.  They likely didn't know the value, and the odds are better than good that they got tossed into the harbor to make a statement.
 
2017-03-15 03:47:35 PM  

trialpha: I don't quite understand the point of putting credit cards in things that are not credit cards - ie. sunglasses, phones, etc.

If I need to use a credit card, I simply use the one in my wallet. Even if that credit card was replaced by something else (ie. a phone), I would still need to have the wallet anyway for cash, ID, etc. There's no benefit to the replacement.


The idea is that you don't need to pack a damn card everywhere. The card is just there to link you to an account. Everybody thinks they need to link account details to cards these days. It's so bad that your wallet could be two inches thick from having to pack around all these damn cards. Linking them to a phone is a good solution. Putting stuff in sunglasses isn't.
 
2017-03-15 03:59:32 PM  

WilderKWight: trialpha: I don't quite understand the point of putting credit cards in things that are not credit cards - ie. sunglasses, phones, etc.

If I need to use a credit card, I simply use the one in my wallet. Even if that credit card was replaced by something else (ie. a phone), I would still need to have the wallet anyway for cash, ID, etc. There's no benefit to the replacement.

Male-like typing detected.

I think the only people these "put it all in your phone/glasses" things benefit are younger-generation woman who don't carry a purse (too old-fashioned), but don't carry a wallet either because women's jeans aren't built for that. They put everything in their phone, and then they stick the phone halfway into their back pocket. They want nothing else on their body because they don't want a bulge.

I carry a wallet. I have to. I keep things in it, and I'd rather not have all my stuff in my phone. But I've known some younger girls who eschewed the idea of having anything other than their mobile phone and their car & house key. That's all.

So from all this, we can surmise that the people in charge of marketing at Visa are women under 30.


That might also explain why I keep seeing cell phone cases that double as wallets.

Another nice thing about paying by cell phone is that an NFC transaction can take place in a fraction of a second, faster even than ye olde magstripe cards.  Although the last time I tried using Android Pay, I found myself frustrated that I couldn't find a way to tell it to use specific cards for specific retailers, so I went back to using actual cards.
 
2017-03-15 05:17:35 PM  
Sunglasses are only going halfway. They should put your credit card in a disposable lighter or stick pen if they really want it "out there".
 
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