Amex Green- is it really that bad? Who loves it?

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ivotedale
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Postby ivotedale » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:46 pm

Welp, for what it's worth, got instantly approved for the Green in under 10 seconds. Yeah buddy! Stoked to have found the 10,000 pts for $500 in spending over three months, plus no annual fee first year.

The plan will be to continue carrying the Zync anyway until the one-year mark hits, then I'll probably cancel and continue on w/ the Green; the Zync did its job in getting me in the door I guess, along w/ free 10,000 pts (though I'm hearing all the charge cards are relatively easier to get anyhow).

In regards to the last couple posts, I think it's funny/very dependent on the region/area you live in as far as benefits go w/ the cards- though I currently live in a more or less suburban area, I'm required to have a car to go anywhere from work, to the store, etc. By this, the Chase Freedom for example would benefit because of the current 5% cashback quarter going on. Amex related, the Blue Cash Everyday would be a similar contender. For those who live in the city and don't spend money at gas stations (or have a car for that matter), this has absolutely no benefit.

Though as @MoneyCard pointed out, I love purchasing clothing online. To be honest, I live in the desert of Arizona, not quite in the valley or the city, so I can't find any great places to walk into and find decent clothes I enjoy. On a side note, I am a smaller framed guy, so I tend to require XS fitting clothes, in which I can only find online. For those in more urban places, Ben Sherman is a favorite of mine; the closest shop I'm aware of is in the next state, Las Vegas, NV.

Now if I were somewhere like NY, I'd be glad to shop 'local'. No sales tax for clothing items under $200 in the city or similar, am I correct?

Anyway, big rant aside, I do enjoy shopping online at select retailers, because I strictly have to. Benefits include no tax online (for now anyway, certain retailers), no gas wasted driving around, and clothes that fit me personally.

I digress again though; the goal of having the ability to transfer points to airline miles will soon be complete! I do plan to visit NYC this year, so maybe then I can get my shopping done.

Here's to another 7-10 days of waiting!
Currently: American Express Blue Sky, American Express Zync, Chase Freedom Visa, Capital One Newcomers--->converted to Capital One Quicksilver Mastercard NO AF


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Postby Money card » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:29 pm

You live in the city of LA correct? how far a ride do you have to your local malls? Are your malls outdoor malls or indoor malls?

Do you have any outlet malls?

I'm about 17 to 25 for both, they're indoor malls.

The outlet we have are outdoor discount stores. At times of the year especially around January, MLK weekend, it gets cold. For all my co workers they think it's cold.

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Postby Money card » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:38 pm

in New York city that use to be the way it was for a certain amount of essential clothing, there use to not be sales tax on clothing, then after a while they put back the sales tax.

NO I ABSOLUTELY DON'T shop online for clothing. I would rather make an interesting night at my malls, have dinner, go to Barnes and Noble.

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Postby ivotedale » Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:22 pm

Ah bummer about the NYC sales tax.

Unfortunately I'm in very far east Mesa, AZ- not too far from your typical shopping mall, but they're all the same stores miles apart from each other; just like you'll find a Chase bank or Starbucks every other block. Take about a 40 minute drive and you can head up to Scottsdale, where they have Barney's, Neiman, Rolex distributors, etc. Still, I prefer to shop online to save on that gas/sales tax/whatever.

LA would be nice too- ultimately I'm aspiring to head to some city in a few years, lived in AZ my whole life. Not to mention I'd love to ride my bike, take a subway, or walk instead of throwing down hundreds a month on a vehicle- that 5% Chase Freedom card at least helps with something I suppose.

With that in mind though, at least I can benefit from the roadside assistance the Green offers! haha.
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