Embossed credit card numbers

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Postby Obi-dan » Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:16 pm

djrez4 wrote:Artifact of a bygone era or necessary part of conducting present-day card transactions?


I bring this up because I finally received my Machine Era wallets over the weekend and realized how freakin' thick embossed cards are. If every card was as thin as, say, a CSP or a Discover IT, my wallet would be slim and good looking. Instead, I have these embossed numbers taking up space that could be better occupied by another card. It almost makes me want to get that Coin thing.

So I got my machine era wallet. Very nice, thanks for the tip. And you are correct. Everything stacks up very nice except my embossed cards I carry everyday. The United card in particular is huge. #StopTheEmbossing
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Postby whit » Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:54 pm

what is it about old school that i love, even though i'm not that old age wise i guess its old soul. or mind.

something about being able to emboss the card onto a piece of paper; to prove you have the card in possession;

even the cards that get the frankenstein treatment; they don't emboss the fake number if that makes sense? They can make the magnetic stripe, but the number would most likely be some other card that was dumped out or no good.

So when cashiers swipe, they have to make sure that the four digits captured by the machine and prints on the receipt, matches the last four digit imprinted..if not thats a good sign its fraud.

i do get that the card with chip will make it harder to do fraud; but we're not quite there yet..

so in meantime i think embossed cards are fine, *knock on wood* i have yet to have any problems

(but then again I log into my cc accounts and debit cards everyday, sometimes several :oooo )

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Postby lucasoil4u » Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:24 am

Coin seems like a very good idea if the battery lasted longer. Battery tech is amazing and that is all the life they can get out of it and they are not even sure about the life. Seems like they are still on pre order when it was supposed to be closed so they must not be selling alot of them.

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