And you thought the Chase Sapphire Preferred card made a statement..
I’ve written extensively about the three different types of cards you want — those with the best signup bonuses, those that are best to put spending on (other than meeting minimum spend for signup bonuses), and those that are best for the benefits (that you don’t want to put spend on).
But it turns out I’m missing a category of card. Some get their alma maters. Or their favorite charity. They get to affiliate with a cause and express themselves, and their alma mater may get a cut of the interchange fee.
Reuters reports on a new card that those with access to East German credit cards may want to consider: the Karl Marx Mastercard from Sparkasse bank in Chemnitz in Eastern Germany.
Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, some eastern Germans are once again carrying round images of Karl Marx – if only in their pockets.
The disappearance of communist former East Germany has not deterred them from using credit cards emblazoned with the image of the man who foretold the end of capitalism and the triumph of communism.
More than a third of customers at Sparkasse bank in Chemnitz opted for the picture of a bronze bust of the bearded 19th century German-born philosopher, bank spokesman Roger Wirtz said.
…”We’ve even received inquiries from clients in western German states asking whether they could open a local account with us to get a card bearing Marx’s features,” Sparkasse’s Wirtz told Reuters
NPR’s Planet Money called for the card to have a tagline. Some possibilities:
I don’t always seize the means of production from the bourgeoisie, but when I do, I prefer the Marx MasterCard.
There are some things money can’t buy. Especially if you abolish all private property.
Don’t leave home without it. Seriously, bring it with you, you may get asked for your papers.
Che Guevara t-shirt: $15. Annotated copy of the Communist Manifesto: $10. Being able to demonstrate your ideological confusion every time you make a purchase: Priceless.
From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. For everything else, there’s #marxcard
A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of cash back and low, low interest rates. #marxcard
Who’s going to look into adding this to their next churn?