Once, when I was waiting tables in college, someone paid for their meal with a Black American Express card. I wasn't exactly sure what this magical card did - but I knew it was le special...and expensive to even own, so I showed it to all the other servers before I gave it back to the patron.
Later on when I met M, he umm...had actually superimposed his name ONTO a picture of a Black American Express card. And it was framed. I don't KNOW people - he lived with BOYS - they had GOLF pictures on the walls. Sigh. Well, I married him anyway but that isn't the point.
The point is - what IS it about those black cards? Frugal Bachelor has a whole post about the new Visa Black card...which still seems silly. People even freak out when I pull out my Citi Card - my rewards card is black with a diamond pattern on it. People are slightly awed by it, but it's just a regular card! No annual fee...whatevs peeps! (PS - paying an annual fee for a credit card seems ABSURD to me (are you listening, M?) - what do you all think?
Do other people get all hot and bothered by credit cards? I get that it's a status symbol...but aren't we all poor twenty-somethings? Can't we strive for someting else? Like paid-off school loans, or enough money for a down payment?