We found a new place to purchase some of the stuff we need for our woodcraft business -- table saw blades, sanding belts, etc. -- at a store with a long history and an excellent reputation.
There's just one little glitch: every time we shop there, they want us to sign up for a store card. Not a store credit card, but a card that keeps track of purchases and offers benefits at the end of every year.
And I mean they're persistent, almost aggressive about it. I hand the clerk a check for the amount of purchase, and right away he or she begins yammering about all the advantages of opening a store card: a points system, cash back, etc.
I tell them no. They offer additional advantages. I tell them NO again. They list additional advantages. Finally I tell them I'M NOT INTERESTED IN A STORE CARD, after which they usually just complete my transaction and give me my receipt.
You see, I'm certain the only "advantage" this (and every other) store offers through their store cards is simply to track their customers' purchases. Tracking everything we do in this country is becoming so egregious and universal, that to refuse to participate is shocking.
And here's the clincher: I'm quite certain that, since we usually pay with a check at this store, they're perfectly capable of logging what purchases we make, if they're that interested. All of our identifying information is printed right there on the check, after all (plus I hand them my driver's license for identification). But why should I make it any easier for them by getting a store card? All we're doing is buying sanding belts and saw blades. We're simply trying to make a living.
So, because we like the prices and quality of the supplies we're getting at this particular retailer, Don and I started a new policy: from now on, it's cash only.
I'm sure you've all heard how the Department of Homeland Security now looks with suspicion at people who make cash purchases. Well tough patooties. Last I checked, my fiat currency bills still say, "This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private."
Who else is having this problem?