Why can't we get rid of 1p, 2p, 5p coins?

Why can't we get rid of 1p, 2p, 5p coins? They're virtually worthless.

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On 12/05/2019 16:24, Commander Kinsey wrote:

Go into a supermarket with self-service checkouts.
If it takes coins use as many as you like.
If you have overpaid it will return the excess as largest coin refund.
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In Morrisons it would probably say "surprising coin in the chute!"

Yeah and have every other one pop back out when it can't recognise it. I never attempt any kind of cash with those useless things, just a debit card.

I know I can get rid of them that way, or even easier just deposit them in my bank next time I'm there. But the point is we just don't need them. We could then do away with this 4.99 shit and just have things for 5.
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On Sun, 12 May 2019 16:24:04 +0100, "Commander Kinsey"
We can get rid of them, but the Treasury has decided not to.
If we did then prices would have to be rounded off to the nearest 5p, and you can bet your life they'd be rounded UP to the nearest 5p.
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Rubbish. Prices are governed by competition between businesses. If you currently buy something in Asda for 47p, they could make it 50p, but Tesco might make it 45p and everyone would go there instead.
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On Mon, 13 May 2019 15:59:43 +0100, "Commander Kinsey"

So even if (and it's a very big if) Tesco did reduce the price from 47p to 45p and Asda increased it to 50p then the average price of that product has increased by 0.5p.
You must have forgotten what happened in 1971 with decimalisation. Prices had to be rounded off, and in almost every case they were rounded upwards.
Rather than reducing the price to 45p, past experience has shown that both stores would increase the price to 50p.
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you currently buy something in Asda for 47p, they could make it 50p, but Tesco might make it 45p and everyone would go there instead.

A store has to make a certain profit to stay in business. Prices will be adjusted for that, and competition with others.
Anyway it's worth it to get rid of the monumentally stupid 5.99 shit. It does not look less than 6, we're not thick!
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it. It does not look less than 6, we're not thick!

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Er, only if you're an idiot. Although in the same way, all those 9s could make other idiots think it was more.

Er.... ok. So what did you treat yourself to with those 5ps?

You mean they didn't take off another 5p?

I stopped doing that, since I now use 4 supermarkets. Some are cheaper for some things, some are cheaper for others, plus some have better quality of certain items. It's not too much hassle, as I only shop every 3 weeks and make extensive use of the freezer.
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could make other idiots think it was more.

Manchester is renowned for stupidity.
When I see 4.99, I automatically think "That means 5" - all it does is annoy me, especially if there's 10 items all with 99 on the end.
It did make me laugh once when I bought something for 19.99 and the shop assistant (if that's what you call them - teller? cashier?) insisted on giving me the penny change which she didn't have. I told her not to be ridiculous but she wouldn't listen and wandered off to find a manager. I left the store a penny short and didn't bother waiting.

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er for some things, some are cheaper for others, plus some have better quality of certain items. It's not too much hassle, as I only shop every 3 weeks and make extensive use of the freezer.

But you can rent (they might even be free) those electric supermarket things that go at 1mph and knock everything over. You'd have great fun barging into people's ankles.
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n.com> wrote:

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aper for some things, some are cheaper for others, plus some have better quality of certain items. It's not too much hassle, as I only shop every 3 weeks and make extensive use of the freezer.

things that go at 1mph and knock everything over. You'd have great fun barging into people's ankles.

Why is someone more likely to do that than with a regular trolley? Didn't they go through the same exit (as in past the tills?)
And why on earth did they go back?!!?
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n.com> wrote:

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But they could have got the stuff for free!
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n.com> wrote:

ynn.com> wrote:

asynn.com> wrote:

.99 shit. It does not look less than 6, we're not thick!

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9s could make other idiots think it was more.

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the shop assistant (if that's what you call them - teller? cashier?) insisted on giving me the penny change which she didn't have. I told her not to be ridiculous but she wouldn't listen and wandered off to find a manager. I left the store a penny short and didn't bother waiting.

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That is very strange indeed. Why go to the supermarket if it's being delivered anyway? Why not order online?

If they left without being chased by a security guard, they weren't noticed.
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On Wed, 15 May 2019 12:09:03 +0100, "Commander Kinsey"

Actually £5.99 is less than £6
If you got rid of 1p, 2p and 5p coins they'd just show it as £5.90.
I can't remember the last time I used cash in a supermarket anyway, so the issue of getting rid of small coins has got little to do with the way prices are expressed. In fact I hardly ever use cash anywhere these days, but many older people still do.
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it. It does not look less than 6, we're not thick!

Not by most people's standards. It's a 6th of a percent, not even enough to trigger a speed camera.

Which would be preferable.

Wrong, the prices are based on the available denominations. As you said above, getting rid of the 3 smallest coins would change prices to 5.90.

Cash is useful any time you want to pay someone who isn't a big business, like a gardener, or your neighbour. For example I ordered something on Ebay for my neighbour, she paid me some cash for it. It would have been more hassle to do some kind of bank transfer.
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On 16/05/2019 00:33, Commander Kinsey wrote:

The Republic of Ireland has stopped minting 1¢ and 2¢ coins.
Supermarkets have kept the original prices and then round up or down at the till.
see:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_euro_coins
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On 16/05/2019 16:13, Commander Kinsey wrote:

I think so because the till produces a rounded total.
This value would then be fed to the card reader.
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I guess they'd have to or you'd get some annoying customers complaining because the woman in front got away with a cent off.
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On Thu, 16 May 2019 00:33:56 +0100, "Commander Kinsey"

Wrong. The denominations made available are based on the needs of the market, not the other way around.
That's why a decision has been made NOT to get rid of those coins. The Treasury has recognised that there is still a demand for them.
I for one certainly don't want my penny sweets costing 10p.
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