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jigsaw + no penny jars here
/ Wed, September 15, 2010


One of my favorite discovered shops in Australia is Jigsaw. So feminine and beautiful, don't you agree?

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Australia does not use pennies. That's right. The iconic, copper-toned coin that us Americans more often than not find on the ground, between cushion covers, and any place immaginable that a penny can live, is nonexistent in the land of Down Under.

At first, I found this quite strange and somewhat illogical because prices in Australia end in odd-numbered change that would require the use of pennies. Like, how would $1.97 work? Either I'm short 3 cents or the shop loses out on 2.

But after a few transactions that left me short-changed, I finally caught on and realized that Aussies round their prices up or down to the nearest multiple of 5 cents.

Toward the end of my trip, I found this system to be quite convenient and practical. I mean, at least I wasn't collecting a handful of loose change in my purse, or holding up the line just so I could use up my pennies. Just saying...

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Edit: I just googled this and the ever-so-knowledgeable Wiki says this method of pricing is called "Swedish rounding."