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Fear my mighty spending power - Her Most Regal Majesty, the Queen of Snark
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Fear my mighty spending power
I haz a gold card.

I didn't ask for one.

It doesn't come with a higher credit limit.

This is possibly the most transparent and pointless attempt at inducing marketing style warm fuzzies I have ever come across.

And they changed my card number, thus ensuring I have to piss about with Paypal verification and keep re-entering it online.


ETA: Looking at their webshite, they appear to no longer offer the standard "blue" card, except to people with no credit history. My "new" card is for graduates, and is cunningly distinguished from the otherwise identical Platinum card by having 5% higher APR. If I ever went into debt on the thing, I might feel more than a vague sense of outrage. Still congrats to Barclaycard for taking over 12 years to notice I'd graduated.
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hairyears From: hairyears Date: July 4th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

I don't have a Gold Card - nor an AMEX card, plain-vanilla, gold or platinum. Why make vulgar and ostentatious declarations of my financial worth? Given that the type of people who might be impressed by that are singularly unimpressive, I don't think I'll bother.

Which leaves me wondering what Barclays think of you, that their customer-profiling says you (and everyone else) are delighted to receive such a thing.

sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: July 4th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Doubtless Barclays think I'm scum of the earth. I settle in full each month by direct debit. If I ran a credit card company, I'd hate me.
sion_a From: sion_a Date: July 5th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
At least, from their point of view, you pay by direct debit, keeping their administration down. I do a manual online payment (from a different bank). They express their hatred of you by giving you scratty credit limits (mine's £5k on a platinum card).
senji From: senji Date: July 5th, 2007 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I pay mine cash-over-the-counter in fool every month... :-)
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: July 5th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I believe my current card has a max £4000 limit. I don't think mine is much more than £3000. See, I never really spend more than £1000 a month, and I do that so rarely it doesn't happen more than once in 5 years.
senji From: senji Date: July 5th, 2007 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Whilst I have a platinum card this is mainly because it was easier than getting the limit extended sensibly on my other Amnesty International card (which is a stylish black colour, despite being an entry-level card)
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