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Posted: 1/25/2009 10:03:22 AM EDT
I'd like to have a suitcase with a million dollars cash.  Just for fun, to impress unknowledgeable people.  And I figure I can afford a million Zimbabwe dollars.

I'd like to get a bunch of stacks of 100s or something.  Do they even make 100s any more?  I guess a suitcase full of 100 billion would be okay, but the numbers would be less believable for someone not familiar with Zimflation.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:04:27 AM EDT
[#1]
I think you can fit several billion Zimbabwean dollars in a briefcase made for a Ken doll...
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:06:27 AM EDT
[#2]
Zimbabwe?
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:12:50 AM EDT
[#3]
Just download an image and print some up. Who's gonna know?
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:25:47 AM EDT
[#4]
Quoted:
Just download an image and print some up. Who's gonna know?


This,

The shipping cost would be worth more than the value of the Zimbabwe currency when it arrived

Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:26:23 AM EDT
[#5]
If you can get Zimbabwe one dollar bills at the correct exchange rate, you'll have the world's cheapest source of packing materials.


CJ
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:26:56 AM EDT
[#6]
Hmm ... I dunno. Parker Brothers, maybe? Hasbro?
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:28:08 AM EDT
[#7]
EBay
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:29:59 AM EDT
[#8]
Here's enough for a loaf of bread.





CJ
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:31:06 AM EDT
[#9]
Awesome idea.  Tag to see if there's a way to get them easily.

Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:31:42 AM EDT
[#10]
Keep some American dollars around the house and wait they should be about the same value in a few years.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:32:05 AM EDT
[#11]
100 US Dollar = 3,711,739,648 Zimbabwe Dollar
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 11:03:08 AM EDT
[#12]
I have a 5,000,000,000 bill from Zimbabwe.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 11:12:32 AM EDT
[#13]
Quoted:
100 US Dollar = 3,711,739,648 Zimbabwe Dollar


Dayum.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 11:13:02 AM EDT
[#14]
It would be fun to have a couple stacks of money like that go into a crowded city street corner on a windy day and throw it in the air and see how many people scramble for it thinking its real money.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 11:16:07 AM EDT
[#15]
double post
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 11:18:10 AM EDT
[#16]
Currently up to $8.50 on Egay
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 11:18:40 AM EDT
[#17]
Quoted:
It would be fun to have a couple stacks of money like that go into a crowded city street corner on a windy day and throw it in the air and see how many people scramble for it thinking its real money.



It is "real" money, it's just not worth a whole hell of a lot.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 11:27:31 AM EDT
[#18]
1 million Zimbabwe dollars is one paper bill...

You might need quite a few trillion to fill a small suitcase.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 11:41:43 AM EDT
[#19]
Quoted:
It would be fun to have a couple stacks of money like that go into a crowded city street corner on a windy day and throw it in the air and see how many people scramble for it thinking its real money.


One of the old hippies (I think Abbe Hoffman) did that from the gallery of the New York stock exchange with dollar bills.  The traders went after them and trading ended for a time.  Thats why the gallery is now glassed in.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 11:49:59 AM EDT
[#20]
A week ago they issued a 100 Trillion dollar note - then worth around $33 US.

But as the estimated inflation is running in the sextillions (10 to the power 21) its probably worth substantially less by now.

Zimbabwe makes the hyper-inflations of the 1920s Weimar Republic look positively tame...
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 11:57:48 AM EDT
[#21]
Zimbabwe unveils $100 trillion banknote
Fri Jan 16, 7:50 am ET

HARARE (AFP) – Zimbabwe unveiled a 100 trillion dollar note Friday in the latest grim measure of its staggering economic collapse, heightening the urgency of a new round of unity talks set for next week.

Veteran leader Robert Mugabe and opposition chief Morgan Tsvangirai are set to hold talks Monday with key regional leaders in a bid to salvage a four-month-old unity accord, which has yet to be implemented.

The stalemate over disputed elections last year has only fuelled the economic and humanitarian crisis that has impoverished the country, leaving nearly half the population dependent on food aid as a cholera epidemic sweeps the country.

The Reserve Bank announced in the government mouthpiece Herald newspaper a series of trillion-dollar denominations to keep pace with hyperinflation that has left the once-dynamic economy in tatters.

The new 100,000,000,000,000 Zim-dollar bill would have been worth about 300 US dollars (225 euros) at Thursday's exchange rate on the informal market, where most currency trading now takes place, but the value of the local currency erodes dramatically every day.

The move came just one week after the bank released a series of billion-dollar notes, which already are not worth enough for workers to withdraw their monthly salaries.

Inflation was last reported at 231 million percent in July, but the Washington think-tank Cato Institute has estimated it now at 89.7 sextillion percent –– a figure expressed with 21 zeroes.

When Mugabe took power at independence from Britain in 1980, the Zimbabwe dollar was equivalent to the British pound.

For years, the nation's farms, schools and health care were considered a model for Africa. Now 80 percent of the population is in poverty, 1.3 million are living with HIV, five million depend on food aid, and more than one million others have fled overseas.

A breakdown in basic sanitation and water has spawned a cholera epidemic that has killed 2,100 people since August and shows no sign of slowing.

Despite the ever-worsening crisis, Zimbabwe is locked in a political limbo following elections last March, when Tsvangirai won a first-round presidential vote and his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) seized a parliamentary majority for the first time.

The MDC victory was greeted with a wave of political attacks that Amnesty International says left more than 180 people dead –– mostly opposition supporters.

Citing the violence, Tsvangirai pulled out of a run-off election in June, allowing 84-year-old Mugabe to claim a one-sided victory condemend by western powers.

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki brokered a power-sharing deal signed September 15, but the rivals have yet to agree on how to form a unity government, while attacks and arrests of MDC members have continued.

Hoping to salvage the deal, South Africa's new President Kgalema Motlanthe plans to fly to Harare on Monday with Mbeki and Mozambican President Armando Emilio Guebuza to mediate new talks.

"They will focus their discussions on the outstanding matters in the implementation of the global agreement," Motlanthe's spokesman Thabo Masebe told AFP in Johannesburg.

Tsvangirai told reporters Thursday that he remained committed to the unity accord. "All I lack is a willing partner," Tsvangirai said.

But he said he was not willing for talks to drag on indefinitely.

"At some point we will have to decide whether it is worth going into this government or not," he said.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 12:00:13 PM EDT
[#22]
Quoted:
A week ago they issued a 100 Trillion dollar note - then worth around $33 US.

But as the estimated inflation is running in the sextillions (10 to the power 21) its probably worth substantially less by now.

Zimbabwe makes the hyper-inflations of the 1920s Weimar Republic look positively tame...


The Previous record was post WWII Hungary with inflation "only" in the quadrillion percent range...
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 12:00:54 PM EDT
[#23]
I believe you can get them on ebay.


Link Posted: 1/25/2009 12:17:33 PM EDT
[#24]
I would like to get a bunch of it for playing friendly poker games… I see your billion and raise you ONE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS.

It could also be useful for bets among friends. “I bet you a million dollars you can’t make that shot… Dang, that was good. You got change for a ten million dollar bill?”
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 12:17:59 PM EDT
[#25]
yep 10 trillion dollars for less than us$20. if we engage in wholesale redistribution of wealth that is what we have to look forward to.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 12:30:14 PM EDT
[#26]
Inflation at 6.5 quindecillion novemdecillion percent

http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17941&Itemid=104

In the absence of credible official statistics, Hanke developed a hyperinflation index for Zimbabwe and in an article in the December 2008 issue of the financial magazine, Forbes Asia, put the annual inflation rate at around 6.5 quindecillion novemdecillion percent - 65 followed by 107 zeros. "Prices double every 24.7 hours," he noted. "Shops have simply stopped accepting Zimbabwean dollars."


Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:10:57 PM EDT
[#27]
How the FUCK do you get inflation that high?
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:17:11 PM EDT
[#28]
What's that supposed to be on their money,a giraffe saying " get me the fuck out of this prison" ?



Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:18:08 PM EDT
[#29]
Quoted:
Inflation at 6.5 quindecillion novemdecillion percent

http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17941&Itemid=104

In the absence of credible official statistics, Hanke developed a hyperinflation index for Zimbabwe and in an article in the December 2008 issue of the financial magazine, Forbes Asia, put the annual inflation rate at around 6.5 quindecillion novemdecillion percent - 65 followed by 107 zeros. "Prices double every 24.7 hours," he noted. "Shops have simply stopped accepting Zimbabwean dollars."




I didn't even know "quindecillion novemdecillion" existed.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:18:43 PM EDT
[#30]
Here's what i saved up in change from drinking for 3 months in Trinidad.

Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:20:19 PM EDT
[#31]
My old man went on Safari in Zimbabwe and said the guide paid for lunch one day with a feed sack of money.

Which roughly equaled 7 dollars american.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:21:07 PM EDT
[#32]
Quoted:
Keep some American dollars around the house and wait they should be about the same value in a few years.


so true
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:21:46 PM EDT
[#33]
It takes somekind of special something to keep printing fiat money with those kind of numbers on them.

Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:23:29 PM EDT
[#34]
I was wondering the same thing.


Quoted:


How the FUCK do you get inflation that high?






 
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:25:33 PM EDT
[#35]
Quoted:
Quoted:
Inflation at 6.5 quindecillion novemdecillion percent

http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17941&Itemid=104

In the absence of credible official statistics, Hanke developed a hyperinflation index for Zimbabwe and in an article in the December 2008 issue of the financial magazine, Forbes Asia, put the annual inflation rate at around 6.5 quindecillion novemdecillion percent - 65 followed by 107 zeros. "Prices double every 24.7 hours," he noted. "Shops have simply stopped accepting Zimbabwean dollars."




I didn't even know "quindecillion novemdecillion" existed.


Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:26:58 PM EDT
[#36]
Quoted:
What's that supposed to be on their money,a giraffe saying " get me the fuck out of this prison" ?





those are grain elevators
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:34:12 PM EDT
[#37]
TIA
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:44:04 PM EDT
[#38]
wait for it, when we get done with the 2 terms of BHO our $ will be worthless just like theirs that is if we don't get sucked into the Euro dollar.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:44:53 PM EDT
[#39]
It's probably worth it to get a couple trillion in Zimbabwean dollars. You never know when someone else comes in and revamps their whole governmental and banking system that suddenly makes those zimbabwean dollars more valuable.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:47:42 PM EDT
[#40]
Quoted:
It's probably worth it to get a couple trillion in Zimbabwean dollars. You never know when someone else comes in and revamps their whole governmental and banking system that suddenly makes those zimbabwean dollars more valuable.


They'll just invalidate those bills and start a new currency.  Turn them in before a certain date at X:Y exchange rate.  After that date, they become worthless, except as collectors' items.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:50:34 PM EDT
[#41]
Quoted:
Quoted:
It's probably worth it to get a couple trillion in Zimbabwean dollars. You never know when someone else comes in and revamps their whole governmental and banking system that suddenly makes those zimbabwean dollars more valuable.


They'll just invalidate those bills and start a new currency.  Turn them in before a certain date at X:Y exchange rate.  After that date, they become worthless, except as collectors' items.


Well when you're currency is worth less than toilet paper, that X:Y exchange rate will probably be pretty attractive.

Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:52:23 PM EDT
[#42]
Quoted:
Quoted:
Quoted:
It's probably worth it to get a couple trillion in Zimbabwean dollars. You never know when someone else comes in and revamps their whole governmental and banking system that suddenly makes those zimbabwean dollars more valuable.


They'll just invalidate those bills and start a new currency.  Turn them in before a certain date at X:Y exchange rate.  After that date, they become worthless, except as collectors' items.


Well when you're currency is worth less than toilet paper, that X:Y exchange rate will probably be pretty attractive.



It's probably worth more AS toilet paper... except you'll probably get the AIDs if you use it as such.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:56:36 PM EDT
[#43]
Weird Al says...


 
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 11:00:05 PM EDT
[#44]
I don't think you can buy money in 100s or 1000s anymore

Millions or go home
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 5:43:26 AM EDT
[#45]
Quoted:
How the FUCK do you get inflation that high?


Easy, socialism.
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 5:59:20 AM EDT
[#46]
practice?
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