Sunday, May 31, 2009

$100 or 5c.

Five cent pieces look to be on the way out. Not a bad thing to get rid of pesky little echidna, although I think the silver echidna is one of the nicest of our coins.

But what about $100 notes? I only ever pay my dealer with fifties. For good or bad, my dealer now has a shop front with the word Pharmacy over the door.

I never use $100 notes. I won't accept them as currency.......yet. There was a time when I felt the same about $50 notes but I have become used to them. I guess once a bottle of Scotch cost more than twenty dollars, I accepted fifties. By that measure, it might be a while before I accept a $100 note.

Seriously, while I am seldom in a position to be offered a one hundred dollar note, I have a couple of times and refused them.

What about you?

And wow, how good was seeing a Routemaster hovering over the streets of London!!!

17 comments:

  1. Don't see much of Nellie Melba or Monash in my pocket, would probably treat it like Monopoly money, not quite real lol.

    Yes! The invincible 200!

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  2. I rarely see $100 notes. The ATMs don't hand them out, for a start.

    I don't think it was a Routemaster. It only had one door (and thus was probably not a "real" London bus).

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  3. Yes, five cent pieces can be a nuisance in the wallet, but do we have to get rid of them? It's bad enough still mucking around with ninety-nine cent things which really cost a dollar. Now it's going to be just that little bit worse. Will prices go down? Methinks not!

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  4. "I guess once a bottle of Scotch cost more than twenty dollars, I accepted fifties."

    Personally I'd have just moved over to Vodka, 'cos it's cheaper.

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  5. Jayne, notes never stay in my wallet long enough for me to look at who is on them.

    Daniel, as is often the case with me, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

    Rob, prices certainly won't go down. Lucky my workplace coffee machine accepts them.

    Brian, loody English and their vodka. It has become mother's milk to them. Even a certain expat in the highrise has started drinking it, only because I don't and so it stays in the bottle for longer.

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  6. It was a real London bus (a very old one), if you ever get to catch the Confidential episode then you can see it in that. They shipped it to Dubai & had another that they had in the studio.

    I was doing a sausage sizzle at the hospital the other day and someone paid for a $2.50 sausage in bread with a $100 note. Bit much!

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  7. There is a great episode of 30 Rock where Liz tried to pay for a bottle of water with a $100 note and the store clerk refuses to acccept it. I quite like it. Why does a $100 note cause so much trouble?

    I think I've probably only ever had a 'hunje' in my wallet a handful of times, more often than not I don't carry cash at all, and usually if given the option I'll select $20 notes from an ATM.

    I do feel pretty special with the green notes, one day I promise I'll light a cigar with one, just to see how it feels, then again I've got a perfectly good Bic lighter that would do the same job and keep me $100 richer.

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  8. Cool Fenz. Interesting info. Re the $100 note, that is why I don't like getting them.

    I'd stick with the Bic Mutant. To have change of $100 can be hard, especially if whoever get more than one.

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  9. So it seems like me and the late wonderful and amazing Amazon adventurer Peter Evans who see guineas as the only legitimate and sociable currency.

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  10. Don't you mean Guiness LS? Evans the Wireless never went near the Amazon. Jeanie said so.

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  11. I refuse the 100 buck notes too, I do not like to carry anything over a 50 buck note on myself..and I only carry small change to work, I do not take my purse lest someone five finger discounts the lot!

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  12. $100 note? What is one of those? Never actually seen one. Well a new plastic one anyway. I remember the old white/grey paper ones with Douglas Mawson in his Balaclava. But no, plastic ones don't come my way at all. Can some one tell me where you get them, because the ATMs I use certainly don't dispense them?

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  13. Yeah Cazzie. Fifties are fine...now. What would you need money for at work anyway? Coffee machine? Collection for departing staff?

    We had paper one hundreds Ben? I don't remember them at all.

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  14. I think the reason why 100s get knocked back is two-fold. Firstly, if you're going into the counterfeiting business, it's the place to start. I suppose they're rare enough that less people check them. Second, they make the target of a robbery appear to be even juicier.

    I remember the paper 100s. As for getting legit new plastic 100s, I hear that banks are pretty good at handing them out. So long as they belong to you or you're paying a hefty interest rate. Got one at home I'm waiting to bank (which appears to be their only use).

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  15. Counterfeiting would be of concern to me Rob.

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  16. I can remember, as a checkout chick (a LONG time ago...more chook than chick now, I'm afraid) having to wave a $20.00 note around in the air calling out "Check 20" whenever a $20.00 note was tendered as payment. Huh. Twenty is small change now!

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  17. Indeed Judge. Break a twenty and it is gone. Even fifties disappear now, and no longer is 'check fifty' to be heard. I don't think they get hundreds much. I have never heard check one hundred.

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