Creative ways to destroy old Chase Sapphire Preferred cards – Fire anyone?

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Since many of us have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, and are maybe thinking about upgrading to the new one with a chip, we have to get rid of the old ones. Now sure, you can request a free mailer from Chase and send it back to them to be disposed of but that is not much fun.

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Last time I posted about cutting mine up with tin snips and that does work but you still then have bits of the card with info on them this way. You can just take a hair dryer to it and lift off the plastic layer with all the info and then cut that into little bits but the card tends to get VERY HOT if you use the dryer trick.

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So this time with my old card I just took advantage of my warm and toasty fireplace to do the deed and take care of my old card (and Lisa’s old one too). The information is VERY destroyed and after the fire cooled down I could dispose of the remainder of the card. Just curious what you do to get rid of your old “metal inside” cards? – René

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  1. I am lucky since I have a professional shredder at work that takes care of these cards.
    I loved the dryer trick. Pretty creative!

  2. LOL…the Power Station’s “Some Like It Hot” was a nice touch playing in the background.

  3. Just peel off the plastic coating on either side (mine is starting to peel already) — cut/otherwise destroy the sides… Then do whatever you want with the metal card (ice scraper, etc.)

  4. I keep all my old cards in a binder like a pack rat and I’ve never signed any of them. Have about 40 cards active and cancelled. Am I asking for trouble? Do you guys sign your cards, the active ones that is?

  5. Our son did a stint selling Cutco knives, so we used their (wonderful, BTW) scissors, and they cut through the CSP like butter.

  6. My home office shredder has always worked on my cards though I’ve never had the sapphire card. Makes me want to get one just so my science minded child can devise a way to destroy it!

  7. I just used a butane torch and man the smoke is so toxic it burnt my nose!!!!!!!!!!!! Is this bad for me??????

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