Hallmark Pulls Card With Audio Clip Over Accusations Of Astronomical Racism

Hallmark Pulls Card With Audio Clip Over Accusations Of Astronomical Racism

It’s so hard to understand each other in this life. First there was that unfortunate honey bun mixup, and now Hallmark is trying to prevent a bunch of press conferences from happening (too late!) by pulling a graduation card from shelves. Why? Because either Hoops or Yo-Yo–I don’t know which character is which–spouts shockingly racist insults and threats when you open the card. Well, maybe. [More]

This Is What Kids Did For Fun In The 80s

This Is What Kids Did For Fun In The 80s

Josh at GeekSix unearthed a comic book ad that might be familiar to you if you were a kid in the 80s. Olympic Sales Club was one of those door-to-door greeting card companies that enlisted kids across the country to sell crap to neighbors in exchange for merch your parents wouldn’t buy you. [More]

Taking Credit Card Offers Hurts Your Credit

Taking Credit Card Offers Hurts Your Credit

Last week, I wrote about how to turn your good credit into cash. I purposely excluded credit card offers from the list because I wanted things that, should you implement them, wouldn’t hurt your credit. Today, I want to warn to the overzealous.

Let's Perma-Ban Consumer Predators

Let's Perma-Ban Consumer Predators

Regulating consumer predators is a bit like Whac-a-Mole. No matter how many times you put the bad guys out of business, they keep popping up again and again. Maybe it is time to consider a lifetime ban from financial services for the worst offenders. The Consumer Financial Protection Agency proposed by the President may be just the right watchdog for the job of handing out such banishments.

Paper Moments Understands Senior Moments, Reprints Cards For Free

Paper Moments Understands Senior Moments, Reprints Cards For Free

In a post-birth haze, Suzanne accidentally ordered birth announcement cards from Paper Moments listing the wrong birthdate for her two-week old son. The site has a clear policy regarding customer errors: mistakes are worth a 50% discount on reprints, and nothing more. Accepting the policy as immutable, Suzanne called and left a polite message asking Paper Moments to reprint the cards with the right birthdate. The company responded with an unexpected bundle of joy.

http://consumerist.com/2009/05/02/were-not-sure-if-this/

We’re not sure if this will work for brand new customers, but KodakGallery is offering free Mother’s Day photo cards through 5/16 with coupon code FREECARD. To ensure delivery by Mother’s Day, you have to order the card by midnight tonight. Note that you’ll still have to pay 99 cents shipping and handling. [KodakGallery]

Xbox Live Cancels Year-Long Prepaid Account, Demands Another Year's Subscription To Reactivate

Xbox Live Cancels Year-Long Prepaid Account, Demands Another Year's Subscription To Reactivate

Xbox Live has struck again, this time by screwing up the auto-renewal on a customer’s account and ruining the prepaid annual membership he activated just three months ago.

American Express Cancels Your Card Right Before You Were Supposed To Get Your $500 Rebate

American Express Cancels Your Card Right Before You Were Supposed To Get Your $500 Rebate

Andrea, an American Express member for over 20 years, is upset because AmEx canceled her cash-back card two weeks before her $500 rebate check was supposed to arrive, and declared the rebate forfeit.

AmEx Denies Existence Of A Store Blacklist, Will Slash Your Credit Whenever They Want

AmEx Denies Existence Of A Store Blacklist, Will Slash Your Credit Whenever They Want

Despite sending customers letter saying otherwise, American Express now insists that it never blacklisted cardholders based on where they shopped. Those notes explaining that “other customers who have used their card at establishments where you recently shopped have a poor repayment history with American Express?” Whoops! Just a big misunderstanding! Not unlike the comment they gave to ABC explaining that “shopping patterns” were used as a “contributing factor” in slashing credit lines, a statement AmEx later retracted. So what’s really going on? Let’s explore…

Iowa Best Buy Won't Sell To You Unless You Sign Up For Rewards Card?

Iowa Best Buy Won't Sell To You Unless You Sign Up For Rewards Card?

http://consumerist.com/2008/03/17/chase-is-no-longer-increasing/

Chase is no longer increasing the rates of cardmembers based on their credit-bureau information as of March 1, 2008.

Store Owner Demands Spanish-Speaking Customers Show Social Security Cards

Store Owner Demands Spanish-Speaking Customers Show Social Security Cards

David C. Richardson, the owner of Rhode Island Refrigeration in Providence, Rhode Island, overheard two customers speaking Spanish to each other, so he asked them to produce proof of citizenship. According to them, he then threatened to call Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and make a citizen’s arrest, although Richardson denies he picked up the phone, but not that he made the threats. In fact, he says he’s done this “fifteen or twenty times” in the past and refuses to do business with those who won’t show their Social Security cards.

ProFlowers Freezes Over $100 By "Verifying" Customer's Card

ProFlowers Freezes Over $100 By "Verifying" Customer's Card

Anne tried to send some flowers to her stepmom last week, but changed her mind after she saw the final price, which at $64 was too much for her budget (the tulips she picked out were listed at $29.99, but all the additional fees doubled the price).

Capital One Pockets Traveler's $6000, Ruins Vacation

Capital One Pockets Traveler's $6000, Ruins Vacation

Mike and his wife are backpacking their way around the world, and like a smart consumer, before they left he looked around for a credit card without a currency conversion charge. Capital One is fee free, which in theory makes it ideal for travel. In reality, there are hidden costs, and they’re called human stupidity and random interpretation of the rules. As a consequence, he’s “pre-paid” $6,000 onto a Capital One card that has been red-flagged and frozen, and Capital One refuses to budge—even though they acknowledge there are notes on the account that indicated he would do this before he did it, and even though they’re the ones who told him to pre-pay.

6 Basic Things Teens Should Know About Credit Cards

6 Basic Things Teens Should Know About Credit Cards

Organizations like the Jump$tart Coalition and NFCC have rolled out programs that help you teach your kids about the ins and outs of credit cards, credit ratings, interest rates, etc., but Janet Bodnar at Kiplinger says that there are some basic facts that you should focus on. She thinks too much detail bores a kid; we think it depends on the kid, but agree that at the very least, hitting each point on the following list would give your offspring a decent foundation for making good credit decisions.

5 Ways To Make Sure You're Actually Talking To Your Credit Card Company

5 Ways To Make Sure You're Actually Talking To Your Credit Card Company

When you consider the risk and high cost of identity theft, it pays to be skeptical whenever someone calls you and claims to be from your credit card company. How can you verify that they’re legit? Reader Cathy points us to bloggingawaydebt.com, which offers five simple things to do if you want to make sure you’re not being scammed.

Victoria's Secret, Limited, Express Threaten To Fire Employees Who Don't Get Enough New Credit Card Accounts

Victoria's Secret, Limited, Express Threaten To Fire Employees Who Don't Get Enough New Credit Card Accounts

Yikes! We hate being bullied by clerks to open store credit accounts! Hate it! Read Jesica’s entire email inside.

Get A Free Mother's Day Card From The Federal Trade Commission

Get A Free Mother's Day Card From The Federal Trade Commission

Keep your card in a safe place at home – not in your wallet or purse.