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« on: December 31, 2008, 09:09:57 AM »

I just learn yesterday on "How it's Made" that Australia is now making their folding money out of plastic. How's that working out?

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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2008, 06:53:44 PM »

Maybe they should make it out of Keflar cloth, the same stuff they make bullet proof vests from.
It should last longer and save printing costs. Of course we couldn't call it paper money any more could we?
I wonder just how much money the US government could save if they reduced the reprinting of money by half?
Good reason to research alternative products from which to print the money,  But it may be a bad idea as we could really end up with plastic money being what we carry in our pockets instead of the card.
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2008, 07:05:06 PM »

Making it last longer was the reason for going plastic.
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2009, 02:00:47 AM »

Making it last longer was the reason for going plastic.

I got that, I just think kevlar will last even longer and that the USA should follow suit.
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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2009, 06:36:57 AM »

I think the USA should stop making one dollar bills and go to a coin. huh About 50% of all bills are one dollar. Coins last about 20-30 yr. bills last about 18- 24mo



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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2009, 02:12:35 PM »

I keep seeing commercials where acrylic water bottles live a million years in a land fill, sounds like a good material to me (minus those nasty paper cuts) and it would just be more plastic in our wallets - as if we don't carry around enough already.
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2009, 02:26:10 PM »

They have it on Youtube

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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2009, 04:00:56 PM »

          They do not last any longer. In one hand and out the other. LOL.

           In spite of the recession everything is going up from yesterday, all electronics, white goods and services (water, electricity etc).
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2009, 04:25:28 PM »

Plastic or kevlar would be a lot easier to rinse the cocaine residue off of... rolleyes
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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2009, 02:35:42 AM »

We have had polymer notes since the late 80s. They do last a long time and they are hard to forge. The biggest problem with them is if you screw em up and shove em in your pocket, they tend to unfold and can be lost. They are very slippery and you have to make sure they are shoved in ya pocket properly as they have a lot less resistance than the old paper notes so tend to work their way out.

We make them for heaps of other countries too, as well as coins. Just about all of the sth pacific uses money we made. We also make the polymer notes for Dallas`s mates in Mexico!

When the first plastic not came in, I got a heap from the Reserve bank on day one. Headed up the bush the next day and no one would take em because they hadnt actually seen another. So it was toy money to the pubs. I swapped a few with some more intelligent bushies. Later on, they were recalled. They tended to fade in a "hot wash" from memory. They became collectors items and are now worth plenty, but I didnt keep any.
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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2009, 03:32:16 PM »

On the lighter side of money:  When I ran a restuarant, with select customers, who paid by check I used to hold the check about a foot off the counter and then drop it to see if it would bounce.  I guess it's a good thing they never got around to making money out of elastic.
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2009, 05:02:18 AM »

They go good through the washing machine.

But the actual dollar is tricky to stretch as it's some kind of metal compound.
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