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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Loose foreign change

I love it when I pay for something and get change back in the wrong currency. It usually happens with New Zealand 20c coins, but sometimes you get something cool. I just used two one-dollar coins to pay for $1.80 worth of ham, and got back what appeared to be a 20c coin... it's actually 5 Swedish Kronor.

The cool thing is that according to XE.com, 5 Kronor is actually worth nearly 90 cents, so in theory I've made about 70c profit. If I go and cash it in, I can buy some more ham and still get my 20c back. If by some amazing coincidence I then get another 5 Kronor instead of the 20c coin, I can do it all again. This leads to an endless cycle by which I amass vast supplies of ham and become a foreign coin/ham entrepreneur, and retire in a few years living the rest of my life in decadent luxury on my coin/ham derived fortunes.

Maybe I'll even luck out and get one of those awesome new UK coins.

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