Chase Sapphire Preferred... lesser heavy card

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  1. jumbo_cards

    jumbo_cards Silver Member

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    My wife got the card when it first came out, it was a good conversation starter with people who swiped the card.

    I just recently got one as well... and I'm surprised that the card is now "not" as good as before. It is still made with 2 sides and have a better feel than the average credit card. But it is definitely lighter in weight and is now bendable.

    I guess it was too expensive to keep on making high quality cards? Oh well, I'm not too worried as this is not my primary card and will probably cancel after the bonus.
     
  2. MX

    MX Gold Member

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    Good info! Is it any easier to read by chance? The old color scheme was nuts.
     
  3. FlyingBear
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    Does it also happen to be a tinsy bit thinner? You can find lots of complaints about the previous one being too thick for some card readers. I imagine that's a more important factor for them to consider than having a throwable card.
     
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    Yes, there have been other reports that recently issues CSP cards have been thinner/lighter. It may also be due, in part, to the fact that the old cards were so difficult to destroy. In some cases, Chase was actually offering to mail people return envelopes to put cards in. I can attest to the annoyance as my number was compromised twice within four months and I really did not know what to do with the old cards.
     
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    How does one destroy the thick card when it expires? Anyone been successful?
     
  6. edekba

    edekba Gold Member

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    According to the FAQ i read somewhere; DO NOT PUT IT IN A SHREDDER. it will destroy it. You should mail it back to Chase, or bring it into a Chase Branch.
     
  7. thetenken
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    I like my super heavy card. =)

    It contrasts well with all the other cards in my wallet. Though part of having a credit card is using it, so if they aren't working in some card readers then it is about time to lighten it. Probably the next step for a travel card is to make it easier to use in chip-pin countries...
     
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    I took a grinder to my old card. Since it was aluminum there was no problem destroying the code / card.
     
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    i thought it was titanium, not allumium ...
     
  10. sriracha

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    any pics of the new card? never had any problem with the old one, used it stateside, Taiwan, Japan, India, France, and Italy without a hitch
     
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    I am kind of getting tired of that feature. It's not oly the thickness, but also the non-standard placement of the various elements (visa logo, mag strip, ...) that's slowing down transactions as people try to figure out what it is and in what orientation to swipe it.
     
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    I keep my Chase Sapphire Preferred at the front of my wallet, mostly because you can't see any of the credit card information since it's on the back. Since it's so thick, it kind of acts like a bookend for the rest of my cards! :D
     
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    The comments about the CSP do get a bit tiresome especially when your in a busy line at Subway or elsewhere and the cashier wants to talk about how heavy the card is. It's just awkward.
     
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    Except the Freedom earns 5x at restos so I haven't used my CSP in a long long time
     
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    Or they comment that it must be so heavy because it has a lot of money on it. (Yeah, like that's the reason...)
     
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    If that's the case, I have some blue American Express cards that I could use as dumbbells .....
     
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    For the record I received a replacement CSP card today (mag stripe wore out) and it is identical to the the one I had before, same heavy weight and construction. Maybe just the new customer ones are going lighter.


    Commence the experiments on the old card.
    *Breaks out grinder with an evil laugh.
     
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  19. B1BomberVB

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    So many merchants are amazed at my "weird" CSP card. It's heavy, the numbers are weirdly placed, it's hard to see the magnetic stripe, etc. So much that when the blue plastic started peeling off & I had to phone Chase for a replacement, I kept the old one to show them the plate of metal inside!
     

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