Ten Years of Wild Online Purchasing June 29, 2021 5:50 PM   Subscribe

On this day in 2011, my bank went from using debit cards that only worked at ATMs, to using branded cards that literally worked everywhere, including online. My first purchase was a $5 membership on MetaFilter.

It's hard to believe that it's only been 10 years ago that the bank finally made the leap into modern reality. That first online purchase has led to thousands more, but not many have been as long-lasting, or deeply satisfying, as that very first purchase.

Of course I had lurked for years, trying to talk myself into mailing a check or something, but it was the Internet, and it didn't really seem real. Suddenly, all the corners of the Earth were mine.

I just wanted to thank everybody for the guided tour. Please continue!
posted by halfbuckaroo to MetaFilter-Related at 5:50 PM (12 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

Happy MeFiVersary!
posted by briank at 7:13 PM on June 29, 2021 [2 favorites]

Right on.
posted by vrakatar at 8:13 PM on June 29, 2021

"When I did a Love Boat, it would go to so many different countries, and I would travel there and get this incredible response!"

-Jamie Farr.
posted by clavdivs at 8:56 PM on June 29, 2021 [3 favorites]

cards that literally worked everywhere, including online

[clears throat]

...same as in town
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 12:31 AM on June 30, 2021 [6 favorites]

I wish my bank would limit my use beyond just the balance.

Happy Anniversary!
posted by AugustWest at 12:37 AM on June 30, 2021 [1 favorite]

Happy anniversary to the author of one of my all time favorite random metatalk posts
posted by inflatablekiwi at 1:03 AM on June 30, 2021 [3 favorites]

I noticed you don't have any internet spouses. It's been ten years, whatcha waiting for?!

I'll go first.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:30 AM on June 30, 2021 [2 favorites]

I believe polyandry is a sin.
posted by gman at 9:37 PM on June 16, 2009

I miss Gman. That's like a 1500 comment thread, Brandon so I'll go second.
posted by clavdivs at 10:05 AM on June 30, 2021 [3 favorites]

Metafilter: Best of the Web Online Purchases

Happy MeFiVersary!
posted by cynical pinnacle at 4:22 PM on July 1, 2021

Happy mefiversary, halfbuckaroo.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:04 PM on July 2, 2021 [1 favorite]

Happy late Metaversary to our new enspousenenate!
posted by a humble nudibranch at 11:03 PM on July 3, 2021 [1 favorite]

Happy Metaversary!
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:23 AM on July 17, 2021

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