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Old 02.09.2010, 18:36
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I always keep a coin purse in my car with around 30-40.-chf. of change which I use at the car parks.
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Old 02.09.2010, 18:40
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Re: ridiculous amount of change. what now?

Yeah coin machines exist - thankfully! It filters out other coins too, like the odd euro or pound! I once did it and had 900CHF!!!!!!! couldnt believe it! I hate coins so always have a collection! I like the New year idea though!
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Old 02.09.2010, 18:41
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I always keep a coin purse in my car with around 30-40.-chf. of change which I use at the car parks.
We have well stocked chocolate and soft drinks vending machines at work.... 'nuff said
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Old 02.09.2010, 18:43
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Yeah coin machines exist - thankfully! It filters out other coins too, like the odd euro or pound! I once did it and had 900CHF!!!!!!! couldnt believe it! I hate coins so always have a collection! I like the New year idea though!
900CHFs huh? (Big night)

Wadda ya doing for New Years?


Yeah, the coin machine I use is in a Credit Suisse branch at Seefeld, Zurich.
Just punch my card in, tip in the bag of coins, and hit "Add to account" (or whatever it says).

I always question the francs and rappen that don't make it through the machine as fake?
(so I go and buy a packet of chewing gum with those coins, thus perpetuating the cycle).
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Old 02.09.2010, 19:35
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Re: ridiculous amount of change. what now?

woh! bad memories
I had the same problem but only on a GARGANTUAN scale some time ago – The company at which I was working in Germany, suddenly changed their canteen policy from cash to a credit system and I in turn suddenly found myself with extra pockets of change. So I decided to start a `change jar`into which I emptied my pockets every day.
Well it sort of got out of hand because I started with the shrapnel and then started including 1 euro coins, then 2 euro coins . . . then 5 euro notes!
After a while. . a long long while I noticed that my wardrobe (where my loot was stashed) was on the verge of collapse and so I decided it was time to drag it all out, count it and take it to a bank.
I guess I ended up something like a cross between Rigsby and Albert Steptoe (sorry for the non-Brits who won’t understand that)
Yeh . . . something around 3200 Euros . . . shit.
I bagged up the different types of coins (and notes ha ha) and got as much as I could into a rucksack (which was about half of it.
Staggered into the postbank looking like some pathetic pretender from a `Strongest man` competition .
The teller just said `No way Jose` and gave me a fistful of paper rolls (do it yourself) . . . you have got to be kidding.
It was then that I found out that in the whole of Berlin . . . there are only about 3 coin machines and only 1 of those was at my Postbank.
Those sodding market traders just fill the whole thing up every Monday and so I had umpteen trips in order to bank the lot.
I’ve still got about 400 Euros in 1, 2 and 5 cent coins . . . and they can stay there.
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Old 02.09.2010, 20:11
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Re: ridiculous amount of change. what now?

I think we should all pool our change and put it towards the EF Christmas/Winter/Spring/Summer/Party...

EF Summer Ball 2011?

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Old 02.09.2010, 20:15
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I think we should all pool our change and put it towards the EF Christmas/Winter/Spring/Summer/Party...

EF Summer Ball 2011?

That is an idea...

(Unfortunately, I rarely have more than 30 or so chf in coins as I do not have one of those fancy cards for riding public transport so my change gets used.)
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Old 02.09.2010, 20:51
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Prevention is better than cure.

In Switzerland I use cash far more than in the States, and obviously get back a lot more change (the highest denomination coin in regular circulation in the States is $0.25; the $1.00 coins are practically non-existent). So how do I avoid too much accumulation?

The heavy stuff (CHF 5 and 2) is easy to get rid of ... rather than give a CHF 10/20 bill I dig into my pocket.

The smaller stuff is a bit more difficult to get rid of, and my method is far easier for a visitor than a resident. I visit kiosks almost every day (postcards, snacks) and there is almost never a significant line, so out comes my change and I count out the coins.

On hiking days I often go to the food store as soon as it opens, small purchase, no lines, so ideal for getting rid of change. With small purchases even during busy times I add up my total and prepare the needed change.
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Re: ridiculous amount of change. what now?

what if I don't have a credit suisse account? any machines for normal people?
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Old 02.09.2010, 21:05
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I always question the francs and rappen that don't make it through the machine as fake?
(so I go and buy a packet of chewing gum with those coins, thus perpetuating the cycle).
Sometimes the coins that don't go through are the older ones as at some point in history they changed the alloy. It's worth checking these as some of them may have value. I found three silver 5 Frank coins once and flogged them for 20 Franks a piece on ebay.
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Old 02.09.2010, 21:14
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My better half put a couple of boxes in the kitchen so I can empty my pockets when I come in. One box is for car keys and house keys. She says it saves her the hassle of having to deal with “what have done with my keys?” The other box is where I dump my loose change. As a bloke, loose change is a bit of a nightmare. It kind of accumulates in pockets of every jacket I have. Lying there unused in winter coats and summer coats until the year comes full cycle and it’s time to use the same coat again. Even the ashtray of the car is overflowing with shrapnel.

I go through the coin box every now and again and cream out the Fr 5 , Fr2 and Fr1 pieces, usually when I’m going to the car wash. But the 10 cent and 20 cent coins are always ignored, lying unwanted and unloved. It doesn’t help that the out local bakery prices a small baguette at Fr 2.45. It means I’ve accumulated a staggering amount of 5 cent pieces. Why can’t they make it Fr 2.50? When I used to travel BA I used to bag all the coins up and hand it over to the aircrew for “Children in Need”. These days though, I don’t use BA. And I'm not doubting they're out there... but personally, but I've never seen a coin machine which credits the shrapnel to your account.

I have no idea how much money is out there, hidden as stray coins. But if I was Barack Obama or David Cameron and struggling to find ways to cut the national debt.... I’d send out an appeal to all blokes to empty their pockets.
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Old 02.09.2010, 22:15
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I have a few hundred francs in change. what do I do with it now. are there counting machines or what. I really don't want to go to the bank with a bag of change......
my bank (raiffeisen) got a machine counting it first and putting it into my account.
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Old 02.09.2010, 22:18
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Re: ridiculous amount of change. what now?

UBS in Zug at the Metalli has a coin machine, it's way up the back on the right past the counters if you walk in from the Metalli side.
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Old 03.09.2010, 13:31
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We have well stocked chocolate and soft drinks vending machines at work.... 'nuff said
Strip clubs. 'nuff said
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Old 03.09.2010, 15:42
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Strip clubs. 'nuff said
Do they take coins now?

I thought they were the only reason the US still use dollar banknotes , cough cough

Read Terry Pratchett's "Making Money" for an interesting take on this.
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Old 03.09.2010, 15:52
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Any solution for a UBS customer in Zürich?
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Ill PM you my address, I'll dispose of them at my local Migros
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Old 03.09.2010, 16:01
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I think we should all pool our change and put it towards the EF Christmas/Winter/Spring/Summer/Party...

EF Summer Ball 2011?

I go for this ,send return tickets ,I bring coins
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Old 03.09.2010, 16:56
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Re: ridiculous amount of change. what now?

It's very common for most Swiss housewives (including my mum and my grandmum) to collect the coins in separate boxes, to then make 'rolls'.

Indeed, you can ask for specific papers at the post office, depending on your type of coins, and then 'roll them' in your paper.
- 5.-: rolls of 250.-
-0.20.-: rolls of 20.-
- etc.

They then weigh your roll at the post, and give you notes instead.

Similarly, if you need coins, you can ask for a roll at your post office. I do it regularly since I need 0.50.- coins for my washing machine.
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I have a few hundred francs in change. what do I do with it now. are there counting machines or what. I really don't want to go to the bank with a bag of change......
Fill the stuff up in any kind of "container" up to CHF 50.-- and use the coins when going shopping or in cafés/pubs/bars/restaurants. They particularily in the afternoon will be quite happy to get change. Because most shops and gastronomy places tend to run out of small cash during the day.
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