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TELL US: Would You Upgrade to a Metal Starbucks Card for $450?

In partnership with Gilt, Starbucks is now offering 5,000 specialized rewards cards, etched in steel, for $450 each.

For residents in the Commonwealth who prefer Starbucks coffee above all other blends, a new offer for a holiday gift idea is now on the table.

Starbucks announced this week that it has made available a limited-edition super premium rewards card for My Starbucks Rewards members, one that is etched in steel. 

Unlike the shop's traditional rewards card that enables users to buy various products, the new card, which costs $50 to make, would be loaded with $400, according to USAToday

Interested members can choose to buy one of the 5,000 available cards on gilt.com/starbucksultimate. The cards will automatically be enrolled in the "gold tier" of Starbucks' loyalty rewards program, according to a Mashable.com report. That will allow consumers to receive free refills on coffee and tea and a free beverage or food item on every 12th purchase, as well as a free birthday drink.

We're wondering what coffee drinkers in the area think about the offer. Would you spend $450 on a specialized steel rewards card from Starbucks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.  

unknownauthor December 07, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I don't know about you, but I could not spend that much on coffee.
Mike Freel December 07, 2012 at 04:18 PM
That would be a no.
lacibaudelair December 07, 2012 at 04:23 PM
If you say the average price of a Starbucks coffee is $3 and multiply it by 365 that's over $1,000. So daily drinkers would definitely spend that much.
BH December 07, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I don't get coffee. People only need coffee because they drink so much of it. I've never drank it and don't ever feel the need. It's nice to wake up, have breakfast and be ready to go. I would hate to not be able to function without an expensive drink. That being said, no.
Fiscal Conservative December 07, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I love coffee!!! That said, would I buy...no. I bring a Thermos of coffee to work with me, of the stuff I brew at home. It is enough for 3 cups. The stuff I brew is whatever is on sale, and I use as many coupons as I can when I buy. I do check the stickers, at the store, to see the unit price. If I buy a large can of coffee, on sale, I can usually get 3 weeks out of it. That's 45 cups I may have bought. Be it Cumby's (any size .99) or Starbuck's (say $3), that is anywhere from $45 - $135 PLUS meals tax still in my pocket). I won't give up my coffee, but, I won't spend $$$ unneccessarily (I AM the Fiscal Conservative). I have found that I am enjoying ways of saving $$$. Its not that hard. I had to determine "needs" vs "wants", then how badly do I "need" something. More often than not, it usually winds up in the "wants" dept, which really isn't a need. The most fun I get from this is not having to pay a "Sales" Tax, "Meals" Tax, and even a "Road" Tax (I'll ride my bike instead of driving, weather permitting). I have been able to cut utility bills saving on "Govt Excise" Taxes. I will continue to live frugally, yet wisely. Until Govt decides to tax my income at 100% (state & fed), which in the future it most likely will, so it can say there is a "level" playing field, I will enjoy seeing how many ways I can keep $$$ out of the hands of the crooked politicians. Yes Gretchen Robinson, I'm a mean, vile person because I don't live as you think I should.
Gi Gi December 07, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Sold out!!!
Indiana December 07, 2012 at 07:10 PM
BH I am with you - never had it...But Biff and Muffy need their Starbucks
BH December 07, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I was recently as the topsfield fair and went to grab a "soy natural organic coffee" (or something like that) for my girlfriend. $9.75!! For one cup of coffee! Fiscal conservative, I have no problem with coffee drinkers at all, your post made me laugh though. I read it thinking you just downed three cups and couldn't type fast enough.
Michael West December 07, 2012 at 08:21 PM
If you download Square, you can charge your coffee and biscotti without even taking our your iPhone.
Fiscal Conservative December 07, 2012 at 09:24 PM
BH: Wish I could drink it that fast, unfortunately, if I did I'd be on restroom breaks all AM. Thank god for the microwave, reheat around 2:30 to get through the rest of the day (damned if I'll pay $2 plus for a little "energy" drink). Again, I'm thinking frugal.
Fiscal Conservative December 07, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Don't have an eyephone. Don't want one either. I'm happy with my old fashioned phone & dial up internet. It may be slow, but then again, I am too. One of the problems with being an old fart is time goes by way too fast now. I don't need things to make it go even faster. I'll be fertilizing the ground, all to soon. Every day in the Obits, there are those younger, older and my age. Numbers keep increasing every day, not in my favor. I'll keep trying to slow things down as much as I can. I know I'm fighting a losing fight, especially with my Medicare being cut (that should get Gretchen riled up).
Ken B. December 07, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Mobil on the Run, Extra Large for $1.07, make it yourself. Beats Dunk's and Starbucks price, and the stupid small table that Starbucks has to add your cream & sugar.
JM December 08, 2012 at 02:22 AM
NO! I don't even like their coffee.
LCT December 08, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Starbucks is a business; welcome to capitalizm. If people want to spend their money in that fashion, it's their business. I, for one, would never spend $3 or $5 or more for a cup of coffee. I occasionally get a Dunkin Donuts Iced Decaf, otherwise I brew my own at home. Frankly I can't afford buying a lot of coffee or other things that I can make myself for less money at home. I wonder if one can use their food stamp credit card at Starbucks or for the new $450 steel card. I hope not. Some people (not all) might not be on food stamps, etc., if they were more responsible with their money and learned the difference between a "need" and a "want".
Jvd December 08, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Has everyone forgotten the meaning of free market? It's what made us the world's leading society since WWII. Companies make it, you buy it, they spend it, you earn it, they make it, you buy it, they spend it, you earn it etc.........without it we'd all be wearing grey coats, riding bikes and eating bread and potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Let it go people!!
Tom Dowling December 08, 2012 at 01:40 PM
It will be interesting to see what happens when someone tries to go through the metal detector at the airport with a metal credit card in their pocket. The guardians of the concourse will immediately know they have uncovered an Al Qaeda plot!
Stumpgrinder December 09, 2012 at 01:16 AM
You go to many restaurants in town and, if you are willing to drop a couple of hundred bucks on 'gift cards', they will give you a 10 or 20 percent "bonus" as your gift. So who at Starbucks thinks that people will pay a $50.00 premium for their card? That being said, they are probably sold out already. The American Fool walks among us................
Bill K. December 12, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Anyone with half a brain would know that they need to remove the card from their pocket prior to walking thru the metal detector. The people standing behind you waiting their turn to pass thru the metal detector will immediately know your an asshat for not taking the card out of your pocket. Since you have asked such an inane question Tom, do you have half a brain or are you the asshat?
Daniel F. Devine December 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Starbucks is too strong & bitter tasting as far as I'm concerned, give me a good o'l Dunkin D's, (black of course) can't beet it!

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