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)
[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
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!
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
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
I like paying for things with a credit card. It’s typically pretty fast (especially with those merchants that don’t require a signature for
I’m not a crazy athlete, but I like working out at the gym and also dancing a few times a week. Finding good dance shoes wasn’t so hard for me. I got personal recommendations from some of my lindy hopping friends, and was also delighted that the friendly folks at dancestore.com were happy to offer… Continue reading Paradox of choice
A while back, I tried Second Life and wrote about it. Many months went by, and—after getting a new graphics card—I figured, hey, why not try Second Life again? I actually remembered my old SL name though wasn’t sure of the password. Guessed a couple of times, wasn’t able to log in, so I clicked… Continue reading Second Life doesn’t want me as a member
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?
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?