Well, that’s novel
A credit card offer isn’t by any means unprecedented. AmEx and Capital One send us at least two offers a month. (Someone should tell them that desperation isn’t sexy.)
No, the weird thing is that this time the application was addressed to FrugalityForDepressives.com.
Now, as much I’m proud of my book, I don’t particularly feel like giving it a credit line. I mean, how do I know it wouldn’t go on a spree at Barnes & Noble and buy itself a group of friends?
Why a domain name?
I mean, I know that card companies sometimes send offers to minors. (Tim apparently got one in his teens.) I’ve even heard of applications sent to pets.
But this is the first I’ve heard of a credit card company courting a webs domain.
Not to mention that my actual company, a registered LLC that files corporate taxes, has never gotten an offer. Not that I want or need a separate card, but… Well, it’s nice to be wanted.
Curiouser and curiouser
The thing is, the site isn’t being used.
I got it because thought I might want to do something with it. Well, that and the fact that it was a whopping $0.99 for the first year. Even less since I went through Mr. Rebates.
But after configuring the site to have external name servers (for reasons I can no longer remember), I didn’t touch it. When you visit the site, you see a folder icon and some links that will bring up an error screen.
So it feels weird that AmEx knew about it.
Logically, I know that it found the name through domain registry information because I’m too cheap to pay extra for the private setting.
Still, I just keep imagining poor, bedraggled AmEx employees desperately entering words into address bars until an owned site pops up. Then one of them reaching FrugalityForDepressive.com, looking at the folder icon and unusable links, and thinking, “Now there’s a good potential customer! I must get her information!”
The bright side
This situation isn’t all bad/bizarre. It actually made me realize a couple of things.
First, clearly I never got around to changing my LLC’s address when we bought the house. Otherwise, I’m sure Web Wide World would also be getting offers.
Not that I want the extra junk mail, mind you. But at least that’s a legal entity, so card offers would make sense, and I prefer at least semi-logical junk mail.
Second, I realized that I apparently did not, in fact, turn off auto-renewal on FrugalityForDepressives.com. I could’ve sworn I did, but it looks like I just let my other unused domain lapse.*
So at least this weirdness prompted me to go and fix that mistake. I’m annoyed that I paid for another year (this time at full price), at least I won’t be giving GoDaddy even more money for the domain in 2018.
Also, it gave me fodder for this post.
Grateful as I am for all of that, I’m still not giving the site its own credit card. You can’t trust a one year old to care about its credit score.
Have you ever gotten a weird credit card offer?
*For a while I thought about changing the name of this site to Perfecting Imperfection, so I held onto the domain for a few years.