"Ultimate Rewards" by Chase = Insulting Rewards (marketing)

I’ve had Chase credit cards for probably over a decade.  One of them was just converted to an “Ultimate Rewards” card and today a huge glossy brochure arrived in my mailbox. 23 pages, bucketloads (technical term) of words, and one ridiculously obscured very-plain fact:  This card offers 1% cash back. Now mind you, that’s nothing… Continue reading "Ultimate Rewards" by Chase = Insulting Rewards (marketing)

Amazon, inexplicably hampering its most loyal customers

[Note:  Links below are affiliate links, so if you click and buy, I make money.] I have bought hundreds of items from Amazon  (yes, I’m an Amazon Prime member, surprise surprise :-P) Some of them I’m particularly fond of and want to either repurchase or recommend to a friend… but I can’t do easily because Amazon… Continue reading Amazon, inexplicably hampering its most loyal customers

Knott’s Berry Farm — For shame!

Okay, this is not a rant on junk food.  I think when people eat Cheez-wiz, they aren’t misguided enough to assume they’re eating healthful real cheese.  When people eat a double fudge brownie, I doubt they’re confusing this with an apple.  And when people eat Cap’n Crunch cereal, there’s no way they’d assume they’re consuming… Continue reading Knott’s Berry Farm — For shame!

Pandora Mobile highlights awesomeness but also severe lame-itude

Do you know Pandora?  If you’re in the United States, where Pandora is legally available, you may have come to enjoy this awesome uber-customizable music radio over the past years.  If you’re not in the U.S., perhaps you’ve discovered the beauty of anonymous proxies :cough:, which I’m not going to mention here :p. But perhaps… Continue reading Pandora Mobile highlights awesomeness but also severe lame-itude

Keypoint Credit Union and 24 Hour Fitness Customer Service FAILs

I was carelessly logging into my Keypoint Credit Union account online today, and messed up three times.  BAM—with no prior notice at all, I was locked out of my account. What would most normal banks do under this circumstance? Require me to answer additional questions that ideally only I would know before allowing me to… Continue reading Keypoint Credit Union and 24 Hour Fitness Customer Service FAILs

How much would YOU pay not to be obligated to tip?

I’ve had it with tipping.  The more traveling I do—for business or pleasure—the more I despise the uncertainty, the uncomfortableness, the need to have petty cash on hand.  When will someone—an influential someone—say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH?! Tip too little, and you risk imperiling the quality of service you receive in the future from that person…… Continue reading How much would YOU pay not to be obligated to tip?

International calling / SMS rates — Why so high?

Okay, BLADAM friends, apologies for two rants in a row (in a sadly otherwise dry AdamBloggingSeason), but… why does T-mobile—an international company—charge so much for international calling, roaming, and texting? And Cingular—the only other American mobile phone company I know of that supports international roaming—has rates that are even worse, from what I gather. Anyway,… Continue reading International calling / SMS rates — Why so high?