The beauty of coins is that you don't have to study them. So I think the
point was that we already have a system of very dissimilar easy to
recognize coins and some bureaucratic government committee made a
All of this detracts from the "real" reason people prefer dollar bills to
dollar coins. It is because they prefer bills to coins period.
If a cashier asked "Would you rather have ten dimes or a dollar bill?"
you most people would opt for the dollar bill. Yet nobody goes around
saying that people will never accept the dime as currency.
As long as a dollar bill is an option of course people will prefer that
to a dollar coin. The way to get people to accept dollar coins is to
stop making dollar bills. Then the choice would be a single dollar coin
versus numerous other combinations of smaller coins. In that case people
would prefer the single coin and how difficult it is to distinguish from
a quarter would have zero to do with it.
Late post on this. It does surprise me that the US uses both coins and folds
that are difficult to distinguish. Europe (the Eurozone) and the UK use
coins and folds that are easy to identify.
I guess that the main reason is nostalgia.
It's a while since I was in Sweden, Norway or Finland, but their notes and
coins were easy to distinguish.
Probably because most people, whenever they happen to get one (only a
couple times a year the last decade or so, for me) do like I do, and
chuck them in a coffee can. Most vending machines and kid cashiers are
clueless what to do with them. Most modern cash drawers I have glanced
down at while in the checkout line, don't even seem to have a slot for
them any more. Pennies/dimes/nickels/quarters. The dollar coins get
tossed in with the quarters- one of the reasons, IIRC, that they made
all the post-Anthony dollars gold-colored.
According to the mint, they still make them, but only about 4 million
of them a year. According to Wikipedia (for what it is worth), the only
customers routinely seeking rolls of them are casinos, and even that is
dying down now that most slots use prepaid debit cards. Wiki says that
new ones have not been released in bulk since 02, just the carded
This is becoming popular in some areas. My first encounter was in New
Jersey. Sort of a PITA, but it keeps lazy slobs from just leaving carts all
over the place. I've also been to stores that have barrier preventing you
from taking the cart into the lot at all. It is either carry the bags or
pull up the car to load. Local kids would hang out and load for you for
I like Aldi and shopped there when I lived in Ohio. You have to bring
your own boxes/bags or purchase them there. The shopping cart
arrangement is cleaver and works well for everyone. Unusual store
with a good assortment of foods.
We have an Aldi near us and about 1 mile from a WM super center. The
Aldi is pathetic in their selection. It's about 1/10th the size of the
WM. Their prices seem higher than WM. I don't see had that location
I don't like WM and I hope someone give them some competition but I
don't think it will be Aldi. Target seems more competitive.
:> On 1/14/2009 7:31 AM HeyBub spake thus:
:>> "German discount grocer Aldi plans to open at least 75 stores in the :>> United States in the coming year, hoping to draw traditional Wal-Mart :>> shoppers to even cheaper deals during the economic downturn, The Wall :>> Street Journal reported on Tuesday."
:>> Prices will be up to 20% less than Walmart!
:>> With pic of graffiti-covered Aldi store::>> http://www.thelocal.de/society/20090113-16723.html
:>> Original Wall Street Journal article:>> http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123180518793975423.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
:> So where are all those stores? Apparently none in California, according to :> their store locator: :> http://aldi.us/us/html/service/store_locator_ENU_HTML.htm?WT.z_src=main
:> Unless that's the wrong Aldi ...
:> -- :> In order to embark on a new course, the only one that will:> solve the problem: negotiations and peace with the Palestinians,:> the Lebanese, the Syrians. And: with Hamas and Hizbullah.
:> Because it's only with enemies that one makes peace.
:> - Uri Avnery, Israeli writer and peace activist with Gush Shalom.:> (http://counterpunch.org/avnery08032006.html )
:Aldi Owns Trader Joes with locations all across California (and other
Well, Trader Joe's sounds not much like Albi. Most of what they offer is
gourmet items, no bulk whatsoever.
On 1/16/2009 9:14 PM firstname.lastname@example.org spake thus:
When's the last time you were in a Trader Joes? Certainly not mostly
"gourmet items"; they don't have bulk items, but most of it is ordinary
stuff, maybe better quality than regular supermarket (some of it not).
But definitely not a gourmet shop.
In order to embark on a new course, the only one that will
solve the problem: negotiations and peace with the Palestinians,
On Wed, 14 Jan 2009 13:22:03 -0800, David Nebenzahl
:On 1/14/2009 7:31 AM HeyBub spake thus:
:> "German discount grocer Aldi plans to open at least 75 stores in the United :> States in the coming year, hoping to draw traditional Wal-Mart shoppers to :> even cheaper deals during the economic downturn, The Wall Street Journal :> reported on Tuesday.":> :> Prices will be up to 20% less than Walmart!:> :> With pic of graffiti-covered Aldi store::> http://www.thelocal.de/society/20090113-16723.html :> :> Original Wall Street Journal article:> http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123180518793975423.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
:So where are all those stores? Apparently none in California, according
:to their store locator:
:Unless that's the wrong Aldi ...
I've never even heard of them until this thread (I'm in urban N. CA).
I am always fascinated who people think wally is their buddy. We buy
most of our groceries at a very large family owned store. The prices
are quite competitive and they actually have an in store meat department
and none of the meat is that adulterated walmart crap. They also make
good quality sausage (some also smoked on site) that isn't much
different in price from that Hillshire junk wally sells.
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