Friday, April 11, 2014

E-Z Money

I was an early adopter of E-Z Pass. I must have been using it for twenty years. I was sold on this service with the promise that I would save both time and money. We were promised discounts of 10 percent or more. The promise of time saved has worked out. The money aspect, not so much.
The discount is long gone. Theoretically, time is the only thing saved. To be fair,it is.
E-Z Pass takes money from your credit card, in advance. The last amount they took was $135. But when my credit card was stolen, I had to get a new number, and E Z Pass had no way of knowing that, so they simply stopped accepting my transponder, without explanation.
So I racked up $36 in toll payments due and $98 in "administrative fees." Nice little profit point there.
Another government racket. like red light cameras and speed traps; Take money from the customer's credit card in advance, money which the customer could theoretically invest, then charge him punitive fines without notifying him in advance. Government is in the three card monte business.

6 comments:

Dick Stanley said...

I use a PayPal credit card, but they can't like me much as I always pay off the full amount. I got the credit card when they told me I had used them for free long enough. They said it was get the card or give them access to my bank account. That was a no-brainer. Still, the card is useful on the Web, which is all I ever use it for.

Dick Stanley said...

When are you going to get your computer-savvy daughter to post a link to your book on your blog---up at the top!?

miriam said...

Dick: Amazon will not allow me to post a link to the book.

Dick Stanley said...

Really? I have links to all my books on my blog. Amazon has never complained and they ain't shy.

Dick Stanley said...

However you put "My Paintings Have their Own Blog Now" at the top of the sidebar could have below it "Buy My Memoir Here" and link it to the book's address at Amazon.

I swear they won't bat an eye. I've been doing something similar for almost a decade.

miriam said...

My daughter is working on it.