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Old Aug 26, 2022, 1:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Bohemian1
Me and a colleague at dinner and we split the cheque. With two identical looking black cards. And we each put the others card in their wallets and flew off that afternoon.

I didn't notice until a day or two later. Since I was based in YVR and he was based in YYZ, FedEx saved the day.
Happened to my former boss many years ago, except the restaurant mixed up his card with a completely random person. Plain green corporate card. He only noticed a few days later when we took some clients out for lunch and the card was declined.
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Old Aug 26, 2022, 5:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Bohemian1
. With two identical looking black cards. And we each put the others card in their wallets
​​​​​So you're saying that Amex Black (Centurion) cards are just too common at restaurants that you frequent.
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Old Aug 26, 2022, 5:31 pm
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Originally Posted by canadiancow
Camp 1 is the easiest. After having a cheque returned to me as undeliverable to whatever the Waterloo camp was, a colleague told me his girlfriend has lost hers a bunch. Camp 1 lets you pay and order online. Delivery to SF was quick.

I don't think this is just an Ontario thing? I think they recognize all schools?
It's national, but IIRC only Camp 1's iron rings are actually iron. The rest only offer stainless.
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Old Aug 27, 2022, 9:23 am
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Pretty sure my new one is still stainless.
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Old Aug 27, 2022, 9:38 am
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Speaking of superfluous pieces of metal, my Amex Platinum card got compromised recently. The replacement card came pleasantly quickly, and even had an envelope in it to return the old card.

But why do the credit card companies keep making these damned things? The few days I didn't have that stupid thing in my wallet were wonderful.
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Old Aug 27, 2022, 9:42 am
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But why do the credit card companies keep making these damned things?
Because it "feels more premium"?

Shrug.
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Old Aug 27, 2022, 11:20 am
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Originally Posted by YOWgary
Because it "feels more premium"?

Shrug.
I think it feels what poor people think a rich person's credit card should feel like.
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Old Aug 27, 2022, 12:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Adam Smith
Speaking of superfluous pieces of metal, my Amex Platinum card got compromised recently. The replacement card came pleasantly quickly, and even had an envelope in it to return the old card.

But why do the credit card companies keep making these damned things? The few days I didn't have that stupid thing in my wallet were wonderful.
Doesn't Amex let you request a plastic card in addition to the metal?

And I agree, the metal cards are pointless.

Originally Posted by YOWgary
It is, but the symbolism works particularly well in this case.

​​​​​​.by the way, its always bothered me that Electrical Engineers dont wear non-conductive rings. Arent you people supposed to know better?
Blanket no-jewelry policies are pretty common in hazardous workplaces.

The problem is not just conductivity, but exacerbating injury during an arc flash or arc blast by melting onto your skin or becoming a projectile.

For arc flash, even things under your PPE can be quite hazardous if they melt at a low temperature like many popular synthetic textiles.

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Old Aug 27, 2022, 12:41 pm
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Well I’ll be…….. Camp 2 wrote to me today saying they’ll mail my replacement ring on Monday. Impressive!

As for iron vs stainless, I thought they all went to stainless ages ago, no?
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Old Aug 27, 2022, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by eigenvector
Doesn't Amex let you request a plastic card in addition to the metal?

And I agree, the metal cards are pointless.
Amex told me they couldn't do it.
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Old Aug 27, 2022, 1:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Adam Smith
I think it feels what poor people think a rich person's credit card should feel like.
Hence the quotes.
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Old Aug 27, 2022, 2:44 pm
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Originally Posted by canadiancow
Amex told me they couldn't do it.
Amex Canada or US?

I hadn't even thought of asking about it though. I wonder whether any other FIs might offer that option.

Originally Posted by YOWgary
Hence the quotes.
And yet the income requirements suggest that the people they're aiming these cards at are not exactly poor. Not the super-wealthy, but not the kind of people I would expect to be impressed by something like a metal credit card.
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Old Aug 27, 2022, 2:52 pm
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Amex US. I guess I should try Amex and TD Canada, as well as Chase.
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Old Aug 27, 2022, 7:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Adam Smith
And yet the income requirements suggest that the people they're aiming these cards at are not exactly poor. Not the super-wealthy, but not the kind of people I would expect to be impressed by something like a metal credit card.
I really didn't care what mine was made of, until it started falling apart.

Never had that problem with a plastic card.
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Old Sep 2, 2022, 7:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Bohemian1


My class action cheque just arrived and while it was half your amount, it was a nice little end of the week mailbox surprise I'd totally forgotten about. Now how to spend it...
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