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Embossed credit card numbers

Postby djrez4 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:46 am

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

Discuss.


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.
[RIGHT][size=100]- Sapphire Preferred - Freedom - Ink - Platinum - Everyday Preferred -[/size]
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Postby Moneytalks » Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:09 am

Times are a changing, but I personally only carry a few cards that are embossed, and they bother me because they should be thinner like the Chase sapphire - ever so slightly raised

I still like the Coin....
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Postby DavidNY » Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:29 pm

The Coin is nice but we're going to need EMV soon.

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Postby Obi-dan » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:17 pm

djrez4 wrote:I bring this up because I finally received my Machine Era wallets over the weekend


Ok, that looks pretty awesome. Are you happy with it? I'm always on the lookout for a better clip-style wallet.
Cards:
Chase Sapphire Preferred
Marriott Rewards
Citi Hilton
Barclay Arrival
AMEX BCE (member since 95)
Chase Freedom
Discover It
Wells Fargo Platinum
Barclaycard (Apple)
Local Credit Union Visa (buy local!)


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Postby djrez4 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:18 pm

Very happy. I got both the brass and the aluminum. The brass has good heft to it and feels classic. The aluminum weighs nothing. Brass has become my EDC; I'll use the aluminum for suit-wearing days when the wallet goes in my coat pocket.

I commented about embossed numbers to Machine Era and they suggested the Coin as well. Lack of EMV support is a deal-killer for now.

Chase is definitely ahead of the game. Discover is distant second with the IT, but slapping a sticker with an account number onto the back of a card doesn't really count. Amex, oddly enough, embossed the Centurion, which I would have to imagine is not an easy process on a titanium card. They could make the transition very easily. I asked @AskAmex about non-embossed cards. They said it hadn't even crossed their minds.
[RIGHT][size=100]- Sapphire Preferred - Freedom - Ink - Platinum - Everyday Preferred -[/size]

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Postby darkguy2 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:08 pm

On my first Discover IT card there was not a sticker. It was on the card itself. After I had to get it replaced I noticed that their was a clear sticker on it. Did not think that it had the account info printed on it. I thought it was there to keep the info from rubbing off.
Discover IT - $5,700
Chase Freedom - $5,700
Costco Citi - $13,000
Sallie Mae - $4,000
Chase Sapphire Preferred - $6,000
Chase Sapphire Reserve - $19,500
Citi Double Cash - $6,500
Amex BCE - $13,000

FICOs: Discover (777), SallieMae (764), Amex (767), Citi (772)
FAKOs: CK- TU (760), EQ (760)

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Postby DavidNY » Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:50 pm

The CID number is printed on the same way as the other account info and doesn't have a sticker on it.

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Postby MemberSince99 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:57 am

I'm interested in the Coin but ONLY after it comes out and there are no issues. I'm just not into the hoping and waiting and pay now and hope to see something that works someday crowd. Let it come out and we'll see what we've got.


I looked at that wallet and the problem for me is, you still have to shuffle your cards around there is no easy way to remove one that isn't on the top you have to take them out and shuffle through them to find what you want. Am I missing something there?

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Postby darkguy2 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:00 am

I think the main purpose of it is to only carry a minimal amount that is easy to get to in addition to a wallet that is harder to get to but carries the rest. So you would only have a credit card you use all the time, some cash, and your ID. The rest goes into your wallet that can choose to bring along as well.
Discover IT - $5,700
Chase Freedom - $5,700
Costco Citi - $13,000
Sallie Mae - $4,000
Chase Sapphire Preferred - $6,000
Chase Sapphire Reserve - $19,500
Citi Double Cash - $6,500
Amex BCE - $13,000

FICOs: Discover (777), SallieMae (764), Amex (767), Citi (772)
FAKOs: CK- TU (760), EQ (760)

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Postby djrez4 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:20 am

It's my sole carry. The band stretches, so it isn't hard to access the card I need. And, it looks damn good.

The embossed numbers still take up too much space.
[RIGHT][size=100]- Sapphire Preferred - Freedom - Ink - Platinum - Everyday Preferred -[/size]

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