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Using Money As Flyers

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by Fastlane, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. Fastlane

    Fastlane Registered Member

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    Hey guys,
    I just got this idea which I think could actually work pretty well and I want to share my thoughts with you and do a little bit of brainstorming.
    It's pretty simple: Why not use our banknotes as flyers? All we need to do is have a short domain which arouses interest and then write it on all our banknotes we use to buy our daily groceries :D
    The number of people who will potentially see the "ad" grows exponentially with every day since (unlike a flyer) nobody throws money away ;)
    What would be important is that the domain should cover a very non-specific market because reaching targeted people with this method would be quite difficult obviously. Maybe a blog on how to make money online or something like that, but there are countless other options because you don't have to deal with competition.
    Of course this could be easily scaled up by giving people (friends for example) a small amount of money to get them to write your domain on their banknotes as well.
    So what do you think about this method? It's your turn ;)
     
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  2. phatzilla

    phatzilla Supreme Member

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    Is this legal? Sounds like a quirky idea but i like it.
     
  3. Fastlane

    Fastlane Registered Member

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    This is the question I also ask myself and it may highly depend on the country you are in. But I did a quick research and it looks like since you are the owner of your money you can do with it whatever you want.
     
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    Yeah this might be in line with defacing the currency, but I might be wrong. If it is illegal, then I wouldn't want my website on the money as that could be traced back to me...On the other hand, it wouldn't be a bad idea to put your competitors website on it :)
     
  5. iam2257

    iam2257 Junior Member

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    Don't know where you are, but this answers for Canada/USA:

    hxxp://wiki.answers.c0m/Q/Is_it_illegal_to_write_on_money (change xx to tt, 0 to o)
     
  6. cjw10

    cjw10 Junior Member

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    It is illegal in the United States to deface currency in a way that makes the currency unfit to return to circulation. This is from the United States Code:

    Code:
    ยง 333. Mutilation of national bank obligations 
    
    Whoever mutilates, cuts, defaces, disfigures, or perforates, or
    unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill,
    draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking
    association, or Federal Reserve bank, or the Federal Reserve System,
    with intent to render such bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence
    of debt unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or
    imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
    The problem is your definition of unfit to be reissued.

    I would check out this post:
    Code:
    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=426715
     
  7. Fastlane

    Fastlane Registered Member

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    I'm in Europe. I just found a thread in a German legal forum where they say it is legal to write on your money, but it could happen that it won't be accepted by others (though I think in 99,9% of the cases nobody cares). But I would suggest don't to write on your 500 Euro banknotes ;)
     
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    _unknown_ Junior Member

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    Hmm....I find it kind of ironic that our currency is labeled "evidence
    of debt" ...its not real money, just toilet paper that says "YOU OWE"
     
  9. crazyflx

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    It would work great.

    As lame as this is, I'm going to admit it anyway because it's been a hobby of mine for 10 years (started doing it when I was 14). www.wheresgeorge.com

    That website encourages people to enter a bill using it's series (it's year), it's denomination & it's serial number.

    Then, they encourage you to write on the bill something to the effect of "track this bill at www.wheresgeorge.com"

    That site has an Alexa of around 44K.

    Then, when somebody else enters a bill that you've entered, it shows you how far it's traveled, where the bill is at now, how many miles per day it traveled, etc, etc, etc.

    Here is an example of a "bill report" (a bill that I entered years & years ago):

    http://www.wheresgeorge.com/report.php?key=300b37d338aace073fddd0274a2919096fe60d4e4698167f&entcnt=3

    The site was investigated by the Secret Service for defacing money. They were found to be doing nothing wrong/encouraging others to do nothing wrong as they weren't making the money unfit to be reissued.

    Here are my stats from wheresgeorge:

    You have entered 1,046 Bills worth $6,349​
    Bills with hits: 163 Total hits: 197​
    Hit rate: 15.58% Slugging Percentage: 18.83% (total hits/total bills)​
    George Score: 792.51​
    Your rank (based on George Score) is #5,200
    (out of 48,939 current users with a George Score. [89.37 Percentile])​
     
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  10. Nookie Monster

    Nookie Monster Senior Member

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    Just get a small stamp and imprint your site on the margin. :)
     
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    I have done this to promote a band actually, and yes, it works.
    I have had bills with writing on them as well, and every place has taken it, so that really isn't a risk.

    Just go cash a $20 into twenty $1 bills. Stamp each and pay at different places.
    Works like a charm.
     
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    Great idea, but there is a much better way....same bang for your buck, without having to use your buck...

    They're called "toss cards"....

    they look like folded $100 bills, $20 bills, etc.

    Inside, you advertise your message. Outside, they look like a folded bill.

    Google "toss cards" or toss cards dot com for an example.

    These are really cool. Drop them on the ground and sit back and watch people grab them up.
     
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  13. phatzilla

    phatzilla Supreme Member

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    You are NOT the owner of your money, it is meant to be recirculated, which is why its illegal to destroy currency.
     
  14. SpeakToTman

    SpeakToTman Regular Member

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    This is exactly right...no one owns money, all currency belongs to the government. But i think this is a freaking awesome idea, i never thought of something like this before. But i think you would have to target something local to your country and something very general..
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  15. gonzomcribbinz

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    = $$$$
     
  16. Fastlane

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    No, in Europe this is not the case. You can do whatever you want with your Euros.
     
  17. bizzboss

    bizzboss Newbie

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    good idea
     
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    xxf8xx Supreme Member

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    This is a sweet idea and I'm pretty sure it's legal in Canada but not in the US. Good thing I'm in Canada :). Might want to call up a law office or something just to be sure though.
     
  19. thisismymp3

    thisismymp3 Power Member

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    i love that site too

     
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