A few months ago, I tweeted this:
Debit cards only last ~6m before I’ve destroyed them in some way. Do people other than Wendy usually manage to keep them for, like, 3yrs?!
— Simon Howard (@sjhoward) August 15, 2012
The response was comprehensive – everybody else in my personal twitterverse manages not to destroy them:
@sjhoward Yup (again)
— Niki di Palma (@Nikidp) August 15, 2012
@sjhoward Si, I’ve still got a debit card that expired 3 years ago, how do you ruin them after 6 months?
— Ben Dunbar (@BDDunbar) August 15, 2012
So take today’s photo-a-day as my defence! The pictured card is a little under three months old. It has lived in my wallet, I haven’t done anything other than use it to pay for stuff and to get cash out of cash machines, and yet already the plastic coating is peeling away. Within the next few months, the peeling will increase in size, the card will become a complete virtually unusable mess, and I’ll have to get it replaced.
I have no explanation for why this happens. It happens across all my cards, no one provider is worse than any other, and is but one of many problems I seem to experience with bank cards failing to thrive. Does anyone have an explanation? Or, for that matter, the same problem?