Skip to comments.It's Time to Give Up My Walkman for an iPod
Posted on 11/26/2015 9:32:06 AM PST by Kaslin
The Left delights in their moral superiority about shopping on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Progressives and Big Labor are petulant about the dirty dozen stores that will remain open on Thanksgiving Day, and mainstream media carps about the "Black Friday Creep" of businesses opening its doors earlier.
I don't shop on Black Friday, and I am home all day with my family on Thanksgiving; however, I understand too that a modern economy never really sleeps. Why should it? How can it? Frank Sinatra sang about how capitalismâs most important city New York, New York is a city that never sleeps.
"I want to wake up, in a city that doesn't sleep And find I'm king of the hill Top of the heap."
You donât make it to the "top of the heap" by keeping your doors closed or by ignoring changing times and technologies. Entrepreneurship, innovation, disruption, and transformation are pillars of free enterprise. Sometimes this requires getting up earlier, staying open longer, welcoming modernity, and embracing new technology.
As Charles Murray has eloquently made clear, "everywhere that capitalism subsequently took hold, national wealth began to increase and poverty began to fall. Everywhere that capitalism didn't take hold, people remained impoverished. Everywhere that capitalism has been rejected since then, poverty has increased." Free enterprise is the only system in the history of humankind to lift people billions of people out of poverty.
So, for those of you celebrating capitalism this Thanksgiving or Black Friday, take a look at your credit and debit cards. I write this because just this week my bank sent me a new business card with chip technology. My bank is embracing new technology (and modernity) to help protect me from having my accounts hacked.
An astounding 48 percent of the world's credit card fraud happens in the United States. In recent years, our credit card security has fallen behind most nations, making us the target of choice for fraudsters. Being the weakling in the room is not the proper place for American Entrepreneurship. It's really kind of sad when Europe is the iPod to America's Walkman when it comes to banking technology. This must be fixed.
The immediate answer lies in the thumbnail-sized computer chip found in my new bank card an EMV chip. It stands for Europay, MasterCard, and Visa, the three companies that originally created the standard. Perhaps your bank has already issued you a new EMV chip-enabled card. These chip cards, unlike the magnetic stripe cards we're all used to, can't be counterfeited. Though not a panacea to all card-related cybercrime, they are a huge step in the right direction. EMV cards have been the standard in Europe for a decade.
While we know how to make credit cards far more secure, the urgency to embrace this technology has been lacking. Resistance to making the switch to EMV technology in the United States has, not surprisingly, come down to cost. Banks have been slow to issue new cards and retailers have been reluctant to pay for new terminals to read chip cards. For businesses that have to buy multiple terminals, sometimes hundreds, the cost is considerable. But the cost of inaction is too great. Card fraud is expected to top $10 billion in the United States this year alone.
However, we are starting to turn a corner. On October 1, we saw a shift in liability that should provide increased market incentive for banks and retailers to pick up the pace of the EMV transition. For years, a card issuer absorbed the costs associated with counterfeit fraud transactions. Now, liability for fraudulent charges rests on the weakest link in the chain. That means, in case of counterfeit fraud, retailers are responsible if they haven't upgraded to EMV-enabled terminals and banks are responsible if they haven't issued consumers new chip cards.
Unfortunately, while banks are making significant progress in issuing new cards to consumers, retailers aren't moving nearly as quickly to upgrade payment terminals. That's a shortsighted mistake. While upfront costs of upgrading terminals may be considerable, liability from a major incident of counterfeit card fraud could be crippling.
Quickly adopting EMV technology is the first, critically important step to righting the ship. More work will be needed, but ignoring modernity and technological change is the antithesis to American Entrepreneurship. We are a country of innovators and entrepreneurs, and it is past time we fix this problem.
In the spirit of modernity, maybe I will venture out this Friday to do a little shopping? While out, I'll finally replace my Walkman with one of these new-fangled iPod things. Happy Thanksgiving.
I don’t think it is primarily the left that dislikes black Friday pushing into Thanksgiving Day. I think it is a sad reflection on our society that so many people will rush out of (or skip altogether) sitting down with family and friends and being thankful for all that God has provided throughout the year. It is even more sad that what motivates them to do this is greed for getting more material possessions.
Why do robbers rob banks?
I bought three new Walkmans while they were still making them. I also bought a couple more used one at yard sales later. I have hundreds of cassette tapes that still 'work/sound' just fine. When I mentioned this at my weekly poker game, the younger players let out a howl.
(I could care less)
Welcome to the late 20th century!
I call it “Restocking for Garage Sales Day”.
Most of the crap that gets bought ends up at yard sales next spring. Lots of it unused or used once.
As a birthday present one year, Mrs. VanShuyten bought a Walkman MP3 player for me and transferred my favorite albums and cassettes to it.
Love that woman.
Not necessarily. I’ve got a Sony Walkman iPod.
I gotta get me one of those! LOL!
I bought an Apple iphone5 at a yard sale for $.25. The guy forgot his password and couldn't use it. A friend of mine I gave it to 'zeroed it out' and now uses it daily,
Our bank sent us new cards with chips on them about 8 months ago after our card had been lost and was fraudulently used. I ran across my very first chip-enabled reader two weeks ago. I realized it was a chip-reader when the swipe didn’t work and the Home Depot person at the self-checkout came over to help. I was not impressed with the new reader; it looked like an amateurish garage job of assembling a prototype unit out of bits in the junk bucket and certainly wasn’t intuitive to use. I would have expected a sleek, 21st century design after all the time they’ve had to design and migrate to the new readers.
I used to have a walkman many years ago. I let my son talk me in to a LG pod or something like that, but I don’t have no use for it. He uses his all the time
I had concerns about that. I got my new, replacement card in the mail about 6 months ago with the chip in it. I cut it up and threw it away. My current one doesn’t expire for another year so... at least I got another year out of it. If I’m forced to use one, I guess I can always drill a hole through it and just utilize the regular mag strip
I picked up one with a cracked screen, thinking it would make a cool iOS PDA, and got that same password thing.
One of these days I’ll have to commit to getting that fixed.
Crud. I just got mine, too. I’ll be extra vigilant, now. Grrrrrr!
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