Quality of Amex BCE

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Quality of Amex BCE

Postby iHackerSix » Sat Nov 15, 2014 6:47 pm

Hey guys, just wanted to see if anyone else feels the same way I do about their Amex BCE... that is, do you also think it's the cheesiest and most weak looking card you've ever seen or do you think it's on par with other CC's? I've had awesome cards like the CSP and regular good quality cards like the new design Arrival but for an Amex it seems quite cheap and well... flimsy. I don't mind the see through aspect of the card but it's also not thick enough and the numbers wore off pretty quickly after getting it. So, I'd like to hear from other BCE owners... Oh and for you BCP folks, hows the quality of your card, same as BCE or better? Now since I've felt this way about the physical card I did wanna point out that the cash back and actual benefits of the card suit me pretty good so I am a happy Amex member but this still stays on my mind, especially when my good buddy pulls out his Platinum Amex and I'm seeing how sturdy that card looks ;) (or maybe it's a case of the grass isn't always greener on the other side)? :ppp


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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sat Nov 15, 2014 7:07 pm

Several people here (myself included) have complained about the 'snowy' look of the BCE/BCP/ED/EDP cards. The lettering tends to fade on the Gold and PRG cards (like my PRG), but the lettering on my BCE is still fine. My BCE's in great condition in every respect - it's just a bad design.

I think the bad design is intentional - they can't have $0 AF cards being mistaken for $450 AF cards, or the people who have the Platinum for the feeling of status (that is, people who don't make serious use of the travel perks) would drop the card.

A bigger disparity of looks and value is Sallie Mae - very unattractive, but somewhat hard to get and extremely useful.
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Postby thom02099 » Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:53 pm

Card quality, as in physical characteristics, for the BCP are the same as the old AMEX Clear card that it replaced for me. And that is to say that it doesn't have a cheesy or cheap feel. Some folks like the clear or snowy type look, others don't. Different strokes for different folks. The BCE/BCP/ED/EDP cards are just a variation on the Grandpa Clear card for aesthetic appearances.

If you want to talk about cheesy/flimsy looking cards, then start with the Cap One products, especially the QuickSilver cards. And I just got an updated card from my local Credit Union, with them switching from Visa to MasterCard. The new look is most definitely cheesy/flimsy looking, with everything printed on the card and no embossment. Guess this is likely going to be a trend with some credit cards. Others, probably not.
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Postby Vattené » Sat Nov 15, 2014 9:56 pm

I'm pleased with my ED card, but I have only had it a few weeks so there has really been no chance for wear. I would like the design a lot more if was completely clear and not "snowy" towards the top, but as far as quality it doesn't feel any flimsier to me.

My favorite card design is Discover's - so simple, clean and modern. Plus you can personalize the color. I always liked the design of the CSP, too, but I wouldn't like a metal card.
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Postby beef.stu » Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:39 am

The newer chipped BCE cars are a bit thicker to address the concerns about flimsiness. And I find my Sallie Mae card to be the least attractive of all of the cards that I have followed by my Discover It's fake metallic look that it has.

In the end though, nobody is going to be impressed by how nice the pieces of plastic that I carry in my wallet look, so I dont let it bother me too much.
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Postby notcool » Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:01 am

I have the b c e. Yes it looks cheap and flimsy. To me nearly All cards do and the physical cards all are cheap. Even the sapphire preferred can't cost chase much to manufacture. The centurion would be an Exception of course.
I used to have the sapphire preferred. It did feel more substantial and it even got comments for cashiers . But after a month it was scratched and looking bad, just like many of my cardss.
I agree some of these cards have prettier designs than others. But these are all about as cheap as the electronic key card at a hotel.

I agree with the op the b c e is particularly bad. It sometimes gets strange looks when I use it .

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Postby takeshi » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:08 am

Don't have the BCE but AFAIK the BCE and BCP are really the same design. It's far from the worst design on a card that I have and the design of my BCP doesn't bother me. However, I'm not hung up on card appearance anyway. It's the rewards that matter to me.

Vattené wrote:I always liked the design of the CSP, too, but I wouldn't like a metal card.

You could opt for the regular Sapphire. Or request a plastic CSP.

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Postby Vattené » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:39 am

I was just talking purely from a design perspective. The rewards are by far more important to me as well, and I don't have much use for a Sapphire (at least right now).
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:08 pm

Vattené wrote:I was just talking purely from a design perspective. The rewards are by far more important to me as well, and I don't have much use for a Sapphire (at least right now).


It seems to me that the only use of a Sapphire is that it's a way to keep an old CSP account open without an AF. Once you lose the ability to transfer points, there are better no-AF travel cards.
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Postby alexmt » Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:13 am

I think it's an awesome looking card, especially since I got the dual-interface (chip + contactless) version, which looks a lot less tacky due to the visible antenna loop and larger chip making it look very futuristic.



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