@beatricks@twitter Ah, I so agree! And the repetition of huge numbers really desensitizes you into the kind of thinking where maybe a two-hundred-dollar sweater is an okay deal. And @seaermine, whoa, excellent points about advertising. One interesting thing I've noticed about GQ is that they often feature cheap tie bars. Like everything will be $8,995 and then suddenly the tie bar is $15. Is it evidence of the "cheaper (but not cheap) accent" to an insanely expensive ensemble? Like, you can't afford most of this stuff but you CAN be a GQ man with this tie bar!
Err, not to sound like a marketing robot. Thanks for sharing, Alexandria!
I've never been given a AmEx giftcard, but I HAVE gotten Visa/MasterCard giftcards before, which let you register online. Yay. But I also had the incredibly annoying problem of insufficient funds since a lot of online vendors are like "hey, um, your card was declined, SORRY." A solution that worked for me: I resorted to Square (squareup.com) and transferred the balances to my bank account, less Square's transaction fee. I lost a few bucks in the process, but it was totally worth it to get rid of the cards and keep most of the money!