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Gift cards
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Today was the first day of the year that I've ventured into town. Typically, this marks the time when I go to spend all the gift vouchers bought for me by people who don't know me well enough to know what would make a good gift for me, but feel compelled to give me something anyway.

Today, however, the gift vouchers were lamentably thin on the ground. Instead, they seem to have been replaced by gift cards, and what a truly wretched idea they are. For those of you who have not encountered these items, they function just like gift vouchers, except that instead of being a little piece of paper with the value printed on them, they're a little bit of plastic with the value stored on a little magnetic strip.

As far as I can see, this carries all of the disadvantages of the plastic economy (not having a clear idea of how much you're spending; not being able to see how much money you actually have at a glance) without conferring any of the benefits (you still have an extra bit of crud to carry around, if you lose it it's still gone).

I suppose that from the companies' perspectives they might have the benefit of decreasing the possibility of forgery, but if that was a problem, then I'm convinced that there must have been better ways to deal with it. I am most unimpressed. Does anyone actually like these little plastic monstrosities?

(For anyone curious, my gift cards and vouchers were converted to Indiana Jones and Finding Nemo on DVD, two popular mathematics books, and a copy of Northern Lights to replace my existing copy which I once lent out only to find it falling apart when I received it back.)

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Plastic gift vouchers?! WTF? That's a new one on me. I seem to have avoided them, possibly a system of living in the 1950s Lincolnshire. Eugh. Sounds like a vile idea to me.

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