BACK

Videos

Video: Credit card torture test

Summary

How much abuse can a credit card take and still work? Will it swipe after you bake it? Or if you use it as a shovel? News videographer Angela Grant puts some cards through a series of experiments and then tests them to see if they still function.

The editorial content below is based solely on the objective assessment of our writers and is not driven by advertising dollars. However, we may receive compensation when you click on links to products from our partners. Learn more about our advertising policy.

The content on this page is accurate as of the posting date; however, some of the offers mentioned may have expired. Please see the bank’s website for the most current version of card offers; and please review our list of best credit cards, or use our CardMatch™ tool to find cards matched to your needs.

How much abuse can a credit card take and still work? Will it swipe after you bake it? Or if you use it as a shovel? News videographer Angela Grant puts some cards through a series of experiments and then tests them to see if they still function.

What’s up next?

In Videos

Video: Should you enroll in overdraft protection?

New federal rules require banks to get your permission before they enroll you overdraft protection. Should you opt in? Before you decide, watch this video explaining the ins and outs of overdraft protection and the advantages and disadvantages of opting in.

Published: September 10, 2010

See more stories
Credit Card Rate Report Updated: December 4th, 2019
Business
15.09%
Airline
16.88%
Cash Back
17.38%
Reward
17.04%
Student
18.58%

Questions or comments?

Contact us

Editorial corrections policies

Learn more

Join the Discussion

We encourage an active and insightful conversation among our users. Please help us keep our community civil and respectful. For your safety, do not disclose confidential or personal information such as bank account numbers or social security numbers. Anything you post may be disclosed, published, transmitted or reused.

The editorial content on CreditCards.com is not sponsored by any bank or credit card issuer. The journalists in the editorial department are separate from the company’s business operations. The comments posted below are not provided, reviewed or approved by any company mentioned in our editorial content. Additionally, any companies mentioned in the content do not assume responsibility to ensure that all posts and/or questions are answered.