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I am too smart with my money to spend it on something that depreciates in value so quickly. I have purchased 2 new cars in my life, a 1997 Eagle Talon ESI, and a 2004 MazdaSpeed MX-5. I still have both of those cars. Both are fun cars to drive. When I want to change things up a bit I get a different rental when I am traveling. Hertz Gold has the exotic car collection when you are in LA. So you CAN look like a million bucks when you are cruising through Rodeo Drive. I think we all want luxury items, we just don't want to have to spend our hard earned cash in exchange. I needed a new laptop. Sure I could spend thousands on the fastest, it's an expense I can write it off. But I am perfectly happy with the little dual core netbook that is super speedy for me.
The last time I cashed in my MR points was when I wanted a really, REALLY nice pen. Yes a pen. While you all have had free plane tickets, ten years later I still have my really nice gold pen. I like to use MR points to treat myself to a luxury item I normally wouldn't buy. Sure I can afford such items, but it's more like a nice thank you gift from American Express to me.
Years ago when I worked at Best Buy Magnolia, we as employees viewed customers who paid with AmEx as "rich" ... if you can pay in full. Everyone else had to "finance it" ... because you couldn't afford it. Almost every Magnolia customer paid with an American Express card. If a woman had a nice hand bag or a gentleman wore nice shoes, you knew they had some money to spend. Not a 100%, but a really good indicator of who has money.
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