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The logic of rechargables.
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From: millenia Date: March 4th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
The only thing I can think of is that the card lets people pay without needing cash and without needing a major credit card or debit card. Which... is probably, like, five people in the mountains of Montana at this point <extremely classist remark that ruins his critical theorist street cred>

But really, I think that's the aim. Customers who don't want to have to carry cash, but want the ease of paying with a card. As for billing it as the perfect gift? Dunno. Maybe they want rich parents to put $200 on and send it to college kids.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: March 5th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, uh, I guess if you really hated the cash... and didn't want to use a credit/debit card (even though 99% of them take them)... then sure! Why not!

But as for the perfect gift part, I was more talking about the rechargeable aspect that gets me. Gift cards in and of themselves are fine. In fact, hey, I love gift cards. But then recharging the card to give to someone else? Seems tacky. And well, we discussed the other alternative above.
wondervixen From: wondervixen Date: March 5th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is tacky! It's like regifting, but worse, since at least with regifting there's a chance that the recipient won't know that it's a regift. If you give them a used gift card, they will definitely know.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: March 6th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
It makes you wonder how many people do this... *Is frightened*
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