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Rick Brandt wrote:

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 clueless decision.
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On Sun, 18 Jan 2009 09:46:19 -0500, George wrote:

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.
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On 1/18/2009 9:56 AM Rick Brandt spake thus:

It's not just a matter of preference: dollar coins are used in some vending machines, like on the Muni Metro here in San Francisco.
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David Nebenzahl wrote:

Same with the NYC TA. The machines dispense those coins as change and also accept them.
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On Sat, 17 Jan 2009 11:25:18 -0800, David Nebenzahl

And thus makes it extremely easy to give a $1 coin when $0.25 was intended.
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Caesar Romano wrote:

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.
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snipped-for-privacy@privacy.net wrote:

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.
Googles- 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 collector sets.
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on 1/17/2009 8:17 AM (ET) Ed Pawlowski wrote the following:

When was the last time you saw a half dollar coin in circulation?
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yesterday.
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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 tips.
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wrote:

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.
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wrote Re OT: Walmart facing competition!:

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 stays open.
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.
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On 1/14/2009 7:31 AM HeyBub spake thus:

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 ...
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Aldi Owns Trader Joes with locations all across California (and other states)
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: :> 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 :states) : Well, Trader Joe's sounds not much like Albi. Most of what they offer is gourmet items, no bulk whatsoever.
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On 1/16/2009 9:14 PM snipped-for-privacy@privacy.net spake thus:

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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.
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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: :http://aldi.us/us/html/service/store_locator_ENU_HTML.htm?WT.z_src=main : :Unless that's the wrong Aldi ...
I've never even heard of them until this thread (I'm in urban N. CA).
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HeyBub wrote:

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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Doesn't take much to fascinate ya , huh??? What did you get fired from Walmart or banned for shoplifting??????
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benick wrote:

You can't offer anything meaningful or any form of rebuttal so you went for the personal attack. That really gives gravitas to you.
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