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  1. #21
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    I used to have a bag with a magnetic closure, and was forever finding that my cards did not swipe.

    I must have requested at least one new card a month.

    Then I changed to a bag with a turnbuckle closure and actually had a card reach its expiry date.

    A lot of modern technology doesn't like magnets.

    Anne the Pleater

  2. #22
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pleater View Post
    I used to have a bag with a magnetic closure, and was forever finding that my cards did not swipe.
    ::snip::
    A lot of modern technology doesn't like magnets.
    This was my concern with magnetics, as well.

    Since meeting a woman who owns a sheep farm not far from me, I've been considering adapting a quite plain sporran by dressing it up a bit, with a fascia of nice sheep skin.

    I'm thinking I'll start with something like this item from eBay, cover the lower portion of the front face with a soft lamb's wool, add a clasp of some sort to the flap, and perhaps some tassels.

    Still kicking around some thoughts. But a sweater or two, and a casual belt and buckle, are higher on the priority list. We'll see what comes, down the road.
    KEN CORMACK
    Clan Buchanan
    U.S. Coast Guard, Retired
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA

  3. #23
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    Don't put a pin-lock closure on it, nice though they are, you'll bugger it. Ebay magnet closures would be better in my opinion. Magnets don't affect chip and pin either if that's a concern.
    "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts".
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan (March 16, 1927 March 26, 2003)

  4. #24
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    The problem with magnets is that they can corrupt or erase the black magnetic stripe (mag-stripe) on the back of credit cards, driving licenses, and other such cards. If you carry a wallet in some other fashion, your cards would never see this risk. But as Anne points out, it can sometimes happen.
    KEN CORMACK
    Clan Buchanan
    U.S. Coast Guard, Retired
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA

  5. #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by unixken View Post
    The problem with magnets is that they can corrupt or erase the black magnetic stripe (mag-stripe) on the back of credit cards, driving licenses, and other such cards. If you carry a wallet in some other fashion, your cards would never see this risk. But as Anne points out, it can sometimes happen.
    I hadn't thought about this. I've used my sporran with a magnetic closure with out any problems to my cards, but, now that I wrote that I'll probably start... I'm having a sporran custom made for me (I'll be starting a thread once I get pictures) and originally asked for magnets, I may have to rethink that request.

  6. #26
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    I typically wouldn't worry too much about cards who's information can be manually re-keyed in the event a swipe doesn't read properly... such as a credit card purchase (or a radio call-in by police, in the case of a license.) But think about ATM cards, building access cards, or other mechanisms that depend soley on a good, accurate swipe at an unattended mag-stripe reader, where no manual re-keying may be possible or convenient.
    KEN CORMACK
    Clan Buchanan
    U.S. Coast Guard, Retired
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA

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