From my experience there are two schools of people: those that hoard every receipt, card, and banknote (see: George Costanza) and those who prefer to carry as light a load as possible. CardStar is best suited for the latter category, providing a quick and easy way to digitize your plastic. Simply enter the account number for your reward, discount, or membership club card and CardStar generates a scannable barcode that can be used when ringing in purchases at your favorite stores.
The app has been available on iPhone since last summer, but the Android version has launched alongside a new BlackBerry app to meet customer demand. Several retailers — including Best Buy, Blockbuster, and Staples — are already set up with CardStar, enriching your entered accounts with store locations and phone numbers.
I’ve flirted with the money clip, and am a fan of moving towards using mobile phones as a hub for making purchases. If it became the standard imagine how much plastic and paper use could be cut down, and it sure would shore up some much needed space in the back pocket. Click here to download the app.