How to Dispose of a Metal Credit Card like an Amazon Prime Credit Card

How to Properly Get Rid of a Metal Credit Card
by Updated March 15, 2019

So I recently found out the hard way, that my Amazon Prime Credit Card was metal. I discovered this after attempting to shred the inactive card in my paper shredders credit card slot. The metal credit card made it about half way through before jamming my paper shredder. I actually thought it may have destroyed the paper shredder in the process, but after about 15 minutes, I was able unjam and cut out the credit card from the shredder, then reverse the other half of the credit card still stuck in the shredder.

In the processes, I discovered that when you're issued a new Amazon Prime credit card, Chase will also send you an envelope to mail back your old credit card, to be properly disposed of. So when you get a new credit card be sure to look for a smaller envelop you can use to ship your old inactive card back to be securely destroyed. 

I also learned that while the Amazon Prime credit card is metal internally, it basically just has stickers on either side of the card that has your info imprinted on it, that can be removed from the metal center.  Just take two pairs of pliers and bend the credit card back and forth until the stickers start coming apart from the metal.  Then use pliers to peel away the stickers, then cut up, and throw away the bits and pieces.

You could also use Tin snips to cut up a metal credit card.

Other ideas include using a Dremel or engraver to remove your information from the credit card.

Lastly, if you have a safe place for a fire, you could burn the sticker backing off the metal card, by putting the credit card in a fireplace or fire pit.





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