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Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: rz
Date: September 16, 2020 08:43AM
Coinstar has a promotion right now where if you convert $30 worth of coins into an Amazon gift card, you'll get a bonus $5 card (well, a code actually. Not a physical card). They usually charge a fee if you want to convert coins into paper money (with a steep 11.9% fee) but they've always waived the fee if you convert it into a gift card. Limit one bonus per Amazon account.

Every night, I empty the change from my pockets and put it into a basket. The first time I converted my change for an Amazon card was in 2006. I had over $400 in change, and used the card to help pay for a Macbook. A couple of years ago, I had around $200 in change and got an Amazon card. I just counted up the latest batch of coins and excluding pennies (which I don't think Coinstar takes IIRC), it came out to just over $180. I'll be getting bonus cards for my wife and me.

[www.coinstar.com]
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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 16, 2020 08:47AM
.....is this a coin....cidence.....???



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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: September 16, 2020 09:05AM
You gotta link to this deal? I don't see anything about it on their website. It's free to do it at our credit union but an extra $5 sounds nice.



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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: rz
Date: September 16, 2020 09:13AM
Um, the link is at the bottom of my post.
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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: September 16, 2020 09:31AM
Thanks!
One caveat; Offer limited to the first time a customer gets an Amazon.com Gift Card
claim code at a physical location.




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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: mikebw
Date: September 16, 2020 09:31AM
I thought they were banned in some locations b/c of inaccurate coin counting totals, but that might not be the first time I have been wrong.
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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: September 16, 2020 10:33AM
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rz
Um, the link is at the bottom of my post.

My bad, I was half asleep.



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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: sekker
Date: September 16, 2020 10:38AM
This is awesome!

My local branch bank stopped accepting coins, so we collected a BUNCH.

Now I can get rid of these paperweights and get some $$...
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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 16, 2020 10:40AM
.....stopped accepting coins.....??


....that's odd. there is a shortage of coins and my bank encouraging people to bring in coins to deposit.......



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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: jdc
Date: September 16, 2020 11:32AM
Funny -- I dont think I have actually touched any coins in... years? Might be able to round up a buck or 3 if I dug out everywhere in the house.

Well, I do keep a dime or 2 floating around the house to remove the battery cover on apple BT keyboards... if that counts.



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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: mattkime
Date: September 16, 2020 11:41AM
I might have to break a $20 first.



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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: GGD
Date: September 16, 2020 12:02PM
My goal is to always have less than $1 in coins, I keep any change that I have in the tiny pocket in my jeans and always give a cashier coins to reach the next full dollar if I have enough in my pocket.

And I avoid cash transactions in general, preferring to put them on a cash-back credit card, and this greatly reduces the possibility of having coins.
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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 16, 2020 12:04PM
.....so how do y'all make wishes......in fountains.......???



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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: rz
Date: September 16, 2020 12:04PM
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I thought they were banned in some locations b/c of inaccurate coin counting totals, but that might not be the first time I have been wrong.

I hadn't heard that, but I do recall when I redeemed my $400+ in coins back in 2006, it was off by about a dollar. I had counted it before I brought it in, and was a bit miffed that it didn't count correctly. The second time I did it, the total came out correctly. So maybe they fixed whatever problem they'd had in the past.
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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 16, 2020 12:10PM
.....Commerce bank.....which was later taken over by TD AMeritrade....used to have coin machines in all locations......someone sued because the machines were inaccurate 'most' of the time......they won (I think) so all the machines were removed from all branches......



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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: GGD
Date: September 16, 2020 12:50PM
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.....Commerce bank.....which was later taken over by TD AMeritrade....used to have coin machines in all locations......someone sued because the machines were inaccurate 'most' of the time......they won (I think) so all the machines were removed from all branches......

I wonder if that was the same at casino cashiers, and inaccurate by undercounting so that the house wins there too.
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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: September 16, 2020 01:47PM
  1. Buy $30 in quarters.
  2. Go to Coinstar Kiosk, exchange for Amazon Gift Card.
  3. FIVE DOLLARS PROFIT!!




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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 16, 2020 02:17PM
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It's free to do it at our credit union but an extra $5 sounds nice.

My CU offers this as a free service, too. It's always a pleasant surprise how much my change actually works out to be worth. I'm due for a visit, in fact.



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Re: Time for a "change". Lots of it...
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 16, 2020 02:22PM
I haven't touched coins since I got my Apple card.

I do have a lot of them around the place, though.

A lot.

Mainly because I don't know that my bank will accept coins anymore.

Somebody posted here recently that there was a coin shortage somewhere in the money chain and that it affected cash customers.

I'll have to ask my bank if they accept coins.

And in the age of COVID, I'd rather handle as little as possible.




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