lobbythis wrote:This thread is too funny.
Getting mad over a card that almost anyone can apply for and get approved.
Do you really expect a card that has a minimum of $500 CL approval and no AF to blow everything else out of the water?
If you crave aesthetics on the cheap, the Visa Black Card is callin' your name babay!
My Freedom card is a Visa Preferred, so obviously it's not some lowbrow card that just anyone can get. But I didn't have status in mind when I started this thread. The Slate card, which I don't have, is far more attractive, imo, than the Freedom. I have the Freedom for the rewards. But all these things are consumer products with an aesthetic element. All the issuers want to have an attractive card (for obvious reasons). Some fail, and I enjoy pointing it out when they do.
A less-costly model for the issuers to follow would be to issue one style of card across all reward programs, etc. and allow cardholders to hop from one program to another quarterly or so at their choosing. Of course, this would eliminate the powerful branding element of the card appearance -- so it will never happen. But I think it would be nice to have a blue card that just said "Chase" on it with my name and account number.