Don’t get American Express statements wet

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Please, American Express, stop using inks that run when accidentally exposed to water. It’s really not that hard. In the scrapbooking industry, we learned long ago that pigment-based inks are relatively water-resistant, while dye-based inks will rapidly run all over the place if they accidentally get wet.

Water is a fact of life and it is impossible to prevent accidental exposure to water. In my case, I had your February statement sitting on my kitchen table, along with a water bottle which developed a leak. The statement got wet and the ink ran everywhere. This is not good, and it is especially not good since the February statement contained my annual reward check. Fortunately, Costco honored the smeared-ink check and gave me my money, although the check was in such bad shape that I wasn’t at all sure they would take it.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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