From: aemeijers on
ultimauw(a) wrote:
> On Nov 25, 6:49 am, "Evelyn C. Leeper" <elee...(a)> wrote:
>> Not only does Coinstar charge an exorbitant fee for counting your coins
>> (almost 10%), but they apparently frequently undercount the amount.
> I haven't even seen a Coinstar kiosk anywhere in L.A for the past
> several years, but I'm sure they are here. Are people really that lazy
> that they can't count the coins in advance and need to go to a robot
> to do it (don't take this as a flame, it's something I have wondered
> for years now ever since I heard about it)? In fact, this would be a
> much better activity than sitting down and getting sludge pumped at
> you from the tee vee.

And once they are rolled, do what with them? Around here (SW MI), stores
will not accept customer-rolled coins for fear of slugs and short
counts. Even the credit union where I have an account, will only accept
2-3 rolls at a time, with my account number written on them.

As a kid back in Indiana, every bank branch had a counting machine, and
as long as you didn't come in during rush hour, they were happy to see
people walk in with coffee cans. I assumed that would be the case when I
moved up here, but every place I tried either claimed not to have a
machine, or told me to go away.

Assuming they have a truck to move it, my heirs will have real nice
surprise when they clean this place out.....

(And yes, I do try harder to spend coins now, carrying exact change for
planned purchases that day. But I have a hell of a backlog to get rid
of, and clerks and people in line get Real Cranky if you pay with
anything smaller than quarters.)

aem sends...

From: Jeff Jonas on
>>I use the CoinStar only for pennies
>>since vending machines don't take pennies,

> There are two machines that accept pennies,
> the self-checkout machines at Home Depot and Lowes.

Right you are! I /try/ to have 3-4 pennies in my pocket
to minimize getting pennies in my change,
but I keep cleaning out my pockets!
Exact-Change-Man (my trivial superPower) is foiled once again! :-)

I suspect most self-checkout lanes (supermarket, etc)
accept pennies, but I've had problems with the Pathmark ones
not accepting coins (not crediting me ANYTHING for them)
and not dispensing correct change.


-- mejeep deMeep ferret!
From: Gary Heston on
In article <QZudnaaoIa8LSdfanZ2dnUVZ_oSnnZ2d(a)>,
Goomba38 <Goomba38(a)> wrote:
[ ... ]
>Well.. just recently while cleaning my deceased mother in law's
>apartment (out of state) out we found multiple jars and bags of coins
>she'd been stashing. Time was at a premium so coinstar machine certainly
>was the best option for us. We ended up with $397.00 that we didn't have
>to haul or carry out of state. Try carrying that much coin in carry on
>luggage at the airport....

Wonder how many rare/silver coins were in those jars and bags...

I'd have shipped them home UPS ground and gone through them.


Gary Heston gheston(a)

Yoko Onos' former driver tried to extort $2M from her, threating to
"release embarassing recordings...". What, he has a copy of her album?
From: Logan Shaw on
Evelyn C. Leeper wrote:
> One approach my friends take with their change is to get the rolls form
> the bank and pay their children (ages 11 and 4) to roll the coins. I
> think for quarters they may get a dollar per roll (which is what
> Coinstar charges, but they'd rather pay their children and teach them
> about working to earn money).

How much money do they spend on gas going to the bank to get the rolls
of paper?

These days, if you have something like $10 or $20 or less in change, the
Coinstar machine makes a lot of sense solely in terms of saving a trip
and thus saving gas money. If your car gets 20 mpg in town, and if your
bank is 5 miles out of the way (times 2 for a round trip), you're using
a half gallon of gas, and thus about $1.50, just getting to the bank.

Of course, this is all based on the assumption that you're not already
going to the bank. I tend not to go to an actual bank branch because I
can do 99% of everything I need from an ATM across the street from where
I live. If you go to the bank regularly, the whole picture changes.

(By the way, if the kids really do learn something about money, it could
be worth it even if the parents lose a little on the deal. In the long
run, for some people the best thing they could possibly do for frugality
is to teach their kids to be smart with money. If they don't, they might
end up shelling out a lot to get their kids out of a bind here and there.)

- Logan
From: Logan Shaw on
George Orwell wrote:
> There are two machines that accept pennies, the self-checkout machines at
> Home Depot and Lowes. Besides dropping in all my spare quarters, dimes, and
> nickels, you can also insert pennies.

Same thing applies at the self-checkout at my local grocery store. I try
to only insert $2 or $3 worth of change if people are waiting behind me.
I know if enough people abuse the thing and cause a big delay for everybody,
eventually they'll modify the machines so they don't accept pennies anymore.

Limiting yourself to $2 or $3 isn't a problem in practice: if you do it
pretty regularly, you will end up using all your change. There have been
a few stretches of maybe a month where I've had less than $2 or $3 in
change in the entire world (probably including couch cushions) due to
dumping the excess at the self-checkout machine.

- Logan
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