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They just don't make 'em like they used to ... - The Bibliophile
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They just don't make 'em like they used to ...
Had to visit the bank because my debit card suddenly started showing as cancelled when I tried to use it ... number worked fine for online banking and two different calls to the help centre confirmed that, as far as the computers were concerned, everything was active and good. So obviously the problem was with the card itself.

Yep. Chip had self-destructed. So now have a new card/number and can once again avoid saddling the local small businesses with credit card fees.

And the reason for the subject line: This dead bit o' plastic was the second debit card I've ever had and it was only about three years old. My previous and first debit card had been with me for over twenty-five years ... it actually began life as a bank account holder identification card that later had debit abilities added to it when that new-fangled type of payment came along. It had a large crack in it and the magnetic strip was worn away at both ends and the raised numbers on the front were eroded nearly flush with the surface from years of going in and out of the slot in my wallet and it never ever ceased to work. It only got retired because the bank declared that the chip cards would be mandatory after a certain date and messed up my whole plan of hanging onto it just to see how long the antique would live (plus it was fun explaining what it was to shop staff who were younger than the card was).

No wonder the new cards have expiry dates ... crappy construction/materials and no stamina! Logan's Run banking! ;p
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zappo From: zappo Date: 10th October 2016 08:32 (UTC) (Other places)
My previous card had its chip go phooey after just six months...
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 10th October 2016 14:40 (UTC) (Other places)
Ouch! Mine was dated to expire at the end of next month, so it at least almost made it.

I shall be watching the replacement very carefully. How sad is it that the company that owns and maintains the washers and dryers in my apartment building is more technologically advanced than the banks; they were using chipped laundry cards before the banks here did, then switched to chipless cards a couple of years ago and those work great!
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