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- Joined: Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:53 pm
- Location: USA
Back when the Blue card (the clear see-through one) was still a brand new thing and I was still fresh-faced, I got a lot of, "Ooohhh what kind of card is that?" comments... and I also got my purchase rejected a few times in the process because nobody knew that it was a credit card much less a legitimate AMEX which resulted in a few talks with management who also went, "Ooohhh!"
Also during this same time, I once quite happily stepped into a very non-formal dining whatsoever steakhouse that had one of those big 'AMEX Accepted Here' sort of signs in my local touristy area after I was finished with my classes and I guess seeing me in casual dress and my school bag equated to me being unable to pay for my meal or something and I was met with a lot of snobbery from the host and the wait staff while I waited despite the fact that, once again, it wasn't anywhere close to a formal dining place. I got fed up and finally opened my wallet and flashed my AMEX at them and departed the establishment to the tune of the host and the restaurant manager running out after me.
I didn't dine there because I refused to dine in a place that was so superficial when there was no reason for it to be, but it felt good to know that my AMEX - and my related buying power/spending power - meant something/could do something if only to teach people to stop judging other people based on how they look.
Related to that, there was also the, "Ooohhh, I bet you're loaded!" comments which, I might add, did and do not always square with the actual Truth of, "Actually, I have an Excellent credit score!"
Nowadays, my Blue still sometimes gets me interested looks and owing to the age group I fall into, I sometimes get the, "You have AMEX?" comments, but really, I love my AMEX because it does what it does and comes with the Customer Support that it does and not because of what other people may think.
AMEX: Everyday (MR), Macy's (cobranded)
MASTER: Citibank Dividend Platinum Select (non-World version)
VISA: Chase Amazon Signature, Chase (bank issued)
GE: Care Credit (medical expenses), Macy's (store), JCP (store)
AMEX: Costco True Earnings
VISA: Chase Ink Cash