Trading in the useless

8 08 2008

Janice’s ears pricked almost visibly when she heard that I had a 100 note bundle of the old $1000 notes. Not only were they mint but they were still in the RBZ wrapper. To give you an idea of their worth you should divide by 1×10 to the power 13. That’s best done in Excel as 1e13. Actually don’t bother because Excel will just leave it in that scientific notation. The real point is Janice had a use for them even if they were useless as currency.

It seems that Zimbabwe notes actually DO have a value to collectors on the internet. Janice has a lucrative little business trading them to collectors; preferably if they are new and in a bundle (like mine) or a complete set. There is of course nothing new in trading in waste products (the used peat moss that we use in the nursery as a growing medium is a good example)  the skill in Janice’s case is leaking just enough onto the market without flooding it. No, she was not interested in the bags of bearer cheques behind my desk that I was hoping someone would steal.



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