Innovations and Payment Systems Summary Most just shred old credit cards. But for a few devotees, expired plastic — especially if it came from an expired celebrity — can be worth collecting. The content on this page is accurate as of the posting date; however, some of our partner offers may have expired. When your credit card expires, you probably cut up the card and throw it in the trash without thinking twice.
Due to their proliferation into many areas of our lives, credit card companies such as MasterCard, Visa and American Express have created instantly recognisable brands, thanks in part to a series of highly successful and memorable print campaigns throughout the their history. In hindsight what's most striking, perhaps, is the very noticeable shift away from promotion to a niche upperclass market to marketing credit cards to us all. These companies now use television and online marketing to build awareness of their brand, but back in the day they relied heavily on print media to engage with early adopters. As you'll see, it's clear that in the age before credit became readily accessible, the banks pitched their cards as desirable lifestyle accessories for the rich jetset class. MasterCard in particular seem to intentionally identify themselves with making dreams come true, a theme that's still going strong today in their 'Priceless' slogan.
These Guys Are Collecting Your Expired Credit Cards
Grin: I decided to clean out some desk drawers and filing cabinets. Pick: You never could keep your drawers closed. Grin: I resemble that remark, and blame you for my condition. But to the point, I have trashed some stuff I know should have gone to recycle years ago, mostly paper receipts, bills, catalogs and correspondence. Lots of old price lists, that makes me cringe when I think of the great stuff I should have bought at those prices.
Technical specifications[ edit ] The size of most credit cards is The card number's prefix, called the Bank Identification Number known in the industry as a BIN  , is the sequence of digits at the beginning of the number that determine the bank to which a credit card number belongs. This is the first six digits for MasterCard and Visa cards.