frauenfelder — 2014-02-24T18:26:26-05:00 — #1
jeanbaptiste — 2014-02-24T18:47:20-05:00 — #2
Hahahaha,,,,best thing I've seen today
miramon — 2014-02-24T18:51:10-05:00 — #3
jambles — 2014-02-24T19:01:57-05:00 — #4
Real pennies aren't safe for younger kids because they don't have the choke warning.
stefanjones — 2014-02-24T19:09:31-05:00 — #5
I was looking for play money bills the other day. They, at least, are cheaper than the instruments they portray.
Idea: Candyland, but you lay the color cards out in a pool instead of drawing them. Kids have a hand of play money and bid on the cards.
bwjones — 2014-02-24T19:09:56-05:00 — #6
Apparently far more costly than a bag of real pennies...
ianmcloud — 2014-02-24T19:11:07-05:00 — #7
Maybe the savings are realized when you need 100 plastic quarters for only $3.49...?
lightningwaltz — 2014-02-24T19:14:44-05:00 — #8
A street huckster conned me into buying a silver 5 dollar Canadian coin, for 10 bucks. Seemed like a fair deal. Days later I took it too a bank and asked about its actually worth. "Five dollars" the teller replied. Immediately I bray laughter exclaiming "I paid 10 for it!"
brainspore — 2014-02-24T19:15:01-05:00 — #9
- You don't have to take them out of your pockets to go through airport security
sebwiers — 2014-02-24T19:25:59-05:00 — #10
That's an impressive con... how did it work? What did they say to make you think it was worth more than $5CAN? Or were you just not aware the exchange rate is (roughly) 1-1?
davelcorp — 2014-02-24T19:29:07-05:00 — #11
Think of them as an investment. Who knows how much they'll be worth in a few years?
boundegar — 2014-02-24T19:40:04-05:00 — #12
I think the term you're looking for is seigniorage.
crenquis — 2014-02-24T19:49:34-05:00 — #13
Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean?
Mr. McGuire: Plastic Pennies - invest now.
dnebdal — 2014-02-24T20:04:27-05:00 — #14
Well, there are enough memorial/jubilee/etc coins that have a nominal value below the metal (and collectors) value.
namenotreserved — 2014-02-24T20:05:49-05:00 — #15
It almost certainly did sell for more than $5, but that doesn't mean anyone else is going to give you more than that for it.
david_diamante — 2014-02-24T20:20:03-05:00 — #16
OMFG HILARIOUS MARK. WAY TO MAKE FUN OF INSTRUCTIONAL TOOLS.
I use tools such as these in my classroom all the time. Now I feel insecure and fragile because of your snarky post about the price of plastic money.
spudnyc — 2014-02-24T20:36:58-05:00 — #17
I see what you didn't do there...
immutable_mike — 2014-02-24T20:56:41-05:00 — #18
Our Snarkometers (tm) must be calibrated differently - mine wasn't triggered by this. In my mind this met the"wonderful thing" test.
pjcamp — 2014-02-24T21:02:35-05:00 — #19
Yes? Isn't petroleum more expensive than zinc?
scratcheee — 2014-02-24T21:08:10-05:00 — #20
Well, was it a Silver Maple Leaf? Those have a $5 face value, but contain an ounce of silver, which is worth a little over $20 these days. Hopefully a bank teller would have known that. Or maybe this happened when an ounce of silver was worth about $10 (not that long ago.)
Edit: I should add that the bank teller would still not give you more than $5 for it, but a coin shop or a collector would pay you for the value of the silver.
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