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Old 01-05-2008, 08:11 PM   #1
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Loose change -> books!

Since Amazon gift certificates now seem to work for buying Kindle books, I went around the house and collected up the jars of loose change that have built up over the past few years, the box with the ersatz state-quarters collection, etc. and schlepped them down to the local supermarket where they have one of those automated CoinStar machines and converted them into a $250 amazon GC, which should cover Kindle stuff for a while

CoinStar normally charges you like 9% if you want cash, but if you're willing to take a gift card or e-certificate for one of a number of retailers then you get 100%. You can do a search on their web site (www.coinstar.com) for locations of machines that have Amazon GCs as an option.

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Old 01-05-2008, 08:28 PM   #2
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now that is cool...clean out under the cushions of the couch and between the seats in your car and ya got a bunch of new books....

BTW, if you have an account at Union Bank they have change counters they do not charge you to use. I am not sure is anyone can use them w/o a fee though...
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:09 PM   #3
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coinstar is a ton of fun to use and I think I may have to put all the coins I can find together to help fund my kindle needs.
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:25 PM   #4
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one thing I foudn about Coinstar counters is they have a faily high error rate on half-dollar and dollar coins...last time I used one it was like a 90% error rate as in 10-12/15-16 coins were miss valued. I trust what is basically the same machine in the lobby of my bank more then I do coinstar...but only slightly more...hehehehe...

Still it's like playing the slots...
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:55 PM   #5
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I'm really grateful for this bit of information. Especially since I have a nearly full jar of coins which will take care of my purchases for a while, too.

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