Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Uphill battle

You have entered 32,837 Bills worth $90,186
Bills with hits: 2,405 Total hits: 2,711
Hit rate: 7.32% Slugging Percentage: 8.26% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,113.02
Your rank (based on George Score) is #670
(out of 51,288 current users with a George Score. [98.7 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 35 out of 6,486 [99.5]

Getting hits on a $2 bill is definitely going to be an uphill battle. I’m still seeing them put under the cash tray. I’m still getting surprised looks from cashiers. I’m still a little surprised, although I know I shouldn’t be.

I realized that it’s not unlike the $1 coins, which I don’t want to use at all. (It’s mainly because they can’t be tracked, but also because I don’t have room for them in my wallet.) If you think about it, how often do you get a $1 coin in change? How often have you asked for one at the bank. I don’t even know if most people my age would even know what an SBA coin is. (SBA stands for Susan B. Anthony, for those that are wondering.)

I have to believe that the more I spend $2 bills, the more people will get used to them. Still, I have yet to see a register with a slot for $2 bills. I have yet to receive one as change, although I have seen a few of mine given out. (Most places don’t, though.)

Is there a city out there that uses them on a regular basis? I know that there are others out there that think like I do and spend the bills. Where are these people, though? Do they get jobs in retail? I’d have to think that at least someone has the opportunity to put a few in the register like I occasionally do.

One of these days, when I get the chance, I should put a few in. Not a lot of people pay in cash and I know that most of them would likely end up in the deposit, especially if I’m not closing. My coworkers don’t particularly like $2 bills.

It’s definitely an uphill battle.

Monday, December 03, 2007

bills with blue stamps

You have entered 32,007 Bills worth $88,282
Bills with hits: 2,353 Total hits: 2,649
Hit rate: 7.35% Slugging Percentage: 8.28% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,110.31
Your rank (based on George Score) is #689(out of 51,486 current users with a George Score. [98.7 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 36 out of 6,464 [99.4]

It’s strange when you find the same marking on several bills. It’s even stranger when you find them on consecutive bills. It probably means that I’m connected to the culprit by only one or two people. It’s like when I get my bills back at the casino. I usually get several back at once, but for some reason, I get only a few at a time. (I don’t think I’ve gotten more than five or six back, despite putting in up to 25 at a time.)

I’ve been reading and I’ve heard that companies and organizations will often do this to show a community what their presence means in said community. $2 bills have even been used for this purpose. The idea is that when people see the bills and/or markings on a repeated basis, they get the idea. They’ll even circulate and serve as a constant reminder for whatever length of time that the bills stay in town.

I have no idea what this is supposed to mean. First off, I wouldn’t think that any one company is so vital to our economy that they would be able to do this and have it work effectively. Secondly, the mark has to have some link to the company, such as a logo. I have no idea what this logo.

As I’ve said before, this may be someone wanting to see how many of their bills come back to them. I’d like someone to see this and explain it to me. I know that I’m going to be totally wrong on it and that there’s some obvious explanation for it, but for now, that’s what I’m going with.