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I'd stay away from Stockpod if I were you. Placed an order from them a while ago and never received it, nor did I receive any response whatsoever to any of the five emails I sent them. YMMV.

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@bobdoleman: Bob, did you email us at info@stockpod.com? Please email us with your concern. Thanks

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Yeah so... I can't imagine having a metal wallet in my pocket all day. No chance.

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I guess this would be great if you have RFID compatible credit cards, but most people don't. Check your wallet before you buy and be sure you're even vulnerable. (Protip: You can always just use some of that leftover tin-foil from your hat to line your wallet.)

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a lot of bobs in this thread so far.

i saw this wallet on an infomercial late one night. they were dunking it in water, running over it with a car, etc. looks nifty.

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Watch the youtube video at the bottom of the stockpod page. Then watch a few of the videos that follow it. They are all people giving NEGATIVE reviews and demonstrations of the product. Seems pretty cheaply made, and you can't put more than a couple single bills in it. How many times do you get 4-6 bills at one time as change? Picture yourself now splitting up those bills and folding them individually in fourths in order to fit them in the wallet.

I almost fell for the deal.

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Seems like the water proofing would really just help keep cash from getting soggy. And the strength... I mean I guess you could potentially deflect a small caliber bullet. But your wallet getting run over by a car? What's really going to happen to your credit cards? If your wallet is in that position, I think something far more pressing is going on there, et cetera.

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What is RFID? I have no idea.

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@bnbsouthworth: You would be surprised how much this little thing can fit.

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@cindihoward: Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is a technology that uses communication through the use of radio waves to exchange data between a reader and an electronic tag attached to an object, for the purpose of identification and tracking.

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Cuz nothing impresses a girl on a date more then a big hunk of neon metal..
Or..
but then again not everyone has a wallet that if they accidentally wash it, it breaks their washing machine

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Will a passport fit in the wallet?

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No passports and yes it's somewhat limited in what it can hold. I use mine strictly while on vacation when I carry a smaller number of cards. It is what it is, a sometimes very useful wallet.

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If you're buying it don't buy it for the "water resistant" or the "crush resistant" feature. One of the Indianapolis TV stations bought a couple of these and tested everything just as they did on TV. Stuff was wet on the inside... and the car test? Yeah, I believe the phrase, "Pop goes the weasel cause the weasel goes pop" says it best.

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This is a gimmic, just tell your bank you want a card without a RFID in it. If they try to give you some BS that they can't tell them you will find a bank that does and they will change their mind. Had to do this with Chase.

For those that don't know what an RFID (Radio Frequency ID) it's a small radio receiver/transmitter in your card that can allow you to wave your card over a reader instead of swiping it to make a payment. RFID readers are very cheap and easy to get. The data is not protected in any way on this device on your card. So someone with a RFID reader/recorder in their pocket could walk by you and read your cards info (Name, Card Number, Expiration Date) which they can use to make unauthorized purchases with your card.

There is really no point other then a convience factor to have an RFID in your card. Most merchants don't even accept payment this way anyways.

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i got sucked into the infomercial and bought a few (need to stop late night binges). The construction is chinacrap. The concept is good, though. The way it folds open makes it easy to find the card you need, especially when they get ready to strip search you at Sams Club. It doesn't have a lot of capacity, however. I paid almost double this for the infomercial version.

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". Most merchants don't even accept payment this way anyways." Seriously? I live in a city, and many of them sure do..

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Altoids can works EXACTLY the same, it is stealth means of hiding your credit cards in your purse and lasts forever ... also comes with a fresh, cool minty scent!

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@tracylou32: LOL... imagine using things you have around the house instead of buying some china-made gimmicks... the audacity! How Un-American of you to suggest! You are henceforth BANNED from this shopping site!

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@cindihoward: RFID= Radio Feq. IDentification They use them in newer credit cards, ID badges etc. It tranmits a small radio feq. so you don't have to swipe your card. Just being within the vinicity of the RFID receiver will do.

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I can imagine this thing sliding out of my pocket, onto the bench at a restaurant, or slipping or shall I say slopping out of my pocket ... lucky me I hear it hit the ground, but so does the thief that's quicker and poof, there goes my wallet and everything in it.

I once had a tablet pc in one of these and laid it on the top of the car and drove away. Day after I finally found it wedged in my windshield wiper. I had freaked so badly having lost all my confidential stuff, I never took the tablet pc out of the house ever since.

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@mrsmoofy: There are also small pieces of equipment that can read off the info from the magnetic strip on your credit cards from a short distance.

Personally I'd go with a real billfold designed to do blocking like ThinkGeek sells rather than a cheap version of an Altoids tin.

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From what I've seen of these, I'm not convinced that they would provide adequate shielding (i.e. faraday cage) to prevent an RFID tag from being read in the first place.

So many of these "As seen on TV" items are sold on the basis of general ignorance about the technologies involved. I always get a laugh out of those commercials for the widget (a resonator?) to put in a cell phone to "make it work like it had a 4 foot antenna!" Yeah, right ... The infomercial producers must be on a constant lookout for clumsy, ignorant schmucks to demonstrate these products.

The Altoids can is a much better idea. I use them a frequently myself. Mint, chocolate, cinnamon ... choose a scent.

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I can't speak for this product, but I can say that I stopped using a traditional leather back pocket wallet a few years ago. My debit and credit cards would break well before they were due to expire. My solution was to buy a cheap $5 cigarette case. It doesn't have separate sections like this, but it gets the job done.

However, I will say that the two times a year I have cash (my b-day and xmas) it is annoying to use a wallet like this. Otherwise a metal cigarette case, Altoids can etc works well, and isn't as gaudy as these.

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I can't believe there's so much paranoia and resistance to RFID and so much love for payment by smartphone. I've had my credit card numbers jacked twice without any RFID at all. The European RFID card system is far more secure than pay-by-smartphone. I wish Visa and Mastercard would just smack conspiracy theorists on the head and deny them cards completely so the rest of us could continue to enjoy the real world.

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@editorkid: yes, yes keep thinking that.

passes by you slowly with my RFID scanner

i'm off to the stores now, thanks!

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Here are more cautionary tales. A lot of them have to do with the (non-stockpod) website being a scam and ripoff, but quite a few mention that the very similar wallet they ordered is flimsy, hard to use and sometimes even falls apart (apparently the metal pieces are held on by double-stick tape). Also haven't been able to get a solid read on whether the aluminum shell would actually block an RFID reader or not.

http://www.as-seen-on-tv-reviews.net/detail.asp?prodid=111163

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@orionantares: Link please? (For the magnetic strip reading) Preferably from a company not trying to sell wallets. That sounds rather difficult to believe. RFID chips are designed to be read from a distance. From my (albeit limited) knowledge of how magnetic strips work, you need basically direct contact as the data on it needs to be read sequentially along the length, rather than all at once.

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My kids like to watch the Qubo digital (cartoon) channel and this thing gets advertised CONSTANTLY. I'm surprised they aren't demanding one.

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@w00tgurl: Why aren't Europeans being ripped off? Explain the dangers of that system if you would.

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@editorkid: i don't know much, i'm but a common crook. out to steal your RFID info. BWAHAHahaha

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@w00tgurl: No, you don't know much. The European system is far more secure than the smartphone model, the current system (one of the times my numbers were stolen was when I handed my card to a waiter so he could run it), and your dumb paranoid fantasies.

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@editorkid: that waiter was my buddy. i taught him that.
go Sven!

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So I came up with this for a Marketing class in College in 2007 or 2008.... I wonder if the makers ahd already patented it then?

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Hmmm.... Well, first off, I can tell you that this wallet will NOT block any RF ID readers, or pretty much anything other type of "RF" signal of any sort, being made of aluminum, and not having any sort of continuous metal-to-metal connection all the way around the case.
Having said that, I have used a wallet like this for about a decade now, and I love it - but I will agree with all the downsides listed above:
- doesn't hold much (OK with me, cuz I have another wallet that is too big for a pocket)
- a bit cheap on the construction (I get about 2 years out of each one)
- not very comfortable in a back pocket (again OK with me, cuz I never carry a wallet in my back pocket
- another point not mentioned above: if it hits the floor, it will ALWAYS pop open, and almost always, literally spits out the entire contents (it's almost magic)

Even with all the above cons, as I said, I love it, if for nothing else other than I can pull out a credit card WITH ONE HAND!