Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Interac Cheaters

Always protect your PIN # by telling the people behind you to look away.Lately I've noticed a lot of commercials for Interac. Has anybody else?

It dawned on me after the third commercial, or thereabouts. "This is stupid!" I thought. The Interac people are advertising themselves. But why? That's like advertising money.

"Money! Use it to buy things."
"Is that parking meter flashing? Just insert some money, in round metallic form."
"Need milk? Don't steal it. Simply use money to buy it!"
"Want a Halloween costume? You can buy one with money."
"Don't forget about money. It is great for buying pie!"

The only thing more stupid than advertising money would be advertising air. "Remember to inhale air when you wake up tomorrow!" and so on and so forth. Who pays for this advertising? Who makes money off of air? Nobody.

Ah, so who makes money off of Interac? The Interac people. When I use Interac, I don't pay the Interac people. The business that I made my purchase at does. So, why are the Interac people advertising on TV, to me? Are they stupid?

I've decided they're not. And here's why. If people are always aware that Interac exists, they will likely use it. If Interac advertises, people remember. If people remember, people use. If people use, Interac makes money.

But then there are those few greedy businesses who actually charge you to use their Interac machine. They don't want to pay the Interac fees, the normal fees any business has to pay in order to compete in the modern world. That's completely backwards, and totally greedy.

To those unethical businesses who are "cheating" and making us consumers pay their normal business fees, I have this to say: Screw somebody else. I'll use this new thing called "money."


Blogger Rainypete said...

Went to factory direct did you?

7:22:00 AM

Blogger Rainypete said...

I think what enteratins me the most about Interac is that the bank has the gall to call them convenience cards. How are all the extra steps (swipe, enter pin etc...) more convenient than handing over cash?

10:56:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Ah, so you know of this incredible new "paper money" I talk of?

1:38:00 PM

Blogger Dusty said...

Interac's been driving us into the poor house.

STOP USING INTERAC we need to boycott them.

Every time you use it, "they" - the hand held machine thing, charges you 1.50, and THEN THE BANK - YOUR BANK charges an additional 1.50 on top of that. IT'S SO DUMB and expensive!

When you need money, use your own bank and grab actual cash. You never have to pay a "convenience" fee, and you won't notice 30-50 bucks mysteriously missing each pay.


10:45:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this new paper money. It is so much better than those small metal disc money.

However, everytime I would use my paper money,. they would exchange it for small metal disc money.

I guess I'm going to have to buy more expensive things, or find a wishing well sooner than later.

Why is my word verification an anagram for jackass?

10:51:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...


Wishing-wells are easy to rob.

11:57:00 AM


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