3 August 2007
Surrender the plastic
If you're not keen on giving out your credit-card numbers, you can probably relate to this:
I received a free iTunes download from Ticketmaster this morning. To retrieve said download, an Apple account had to be created.
And, of course, Apple wants to know how they're going to collect from you even if they're giving you a freebie.
I used to advise people to get a card with a very low limit just for such occasions; yes, I know that you're not going to have to eat any illegal transactions, but there's a certain satisfaction in sticking it to identity thieves. At the time, I had a MasterCard with a whopping $100 limit, which I used for all manner of low-level Net transactions. Unfortunately, I was diligent in making payments, and now that card has a $12,500 limit, and I'd just as soon AverageOnlineMerchant dot com didn't have any record of it.
So I'm thinking maybe an American Express gift card, say $25 worth. (I get one of these every few months for spending some ungodly sum on my Amex.) It acts pretty much like any other American Express card, and once you get tired of it, it's easy to burn off somewhere.
The alternative you get freebies without having to sign up for anything is too remote a possibility to consider.Posted at 6:23 AM to Common Cents