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Coin Counting Home Page FAQ

Why did you create this site? Why the Coin Counting Home Page?

The long answer is here; the short answer is that this site begins to fill a need for more information on coin counting costs, alternatives and strategies.

How was the information assembled?

Primarily, the information was gathered by searching the Internet for organization websites which disclose the availability and costs of coin counting services and/or machines. Information will continue to be added to the site based on additional Internet searches, direct organization contacts, and YOU.

On your state-specific coin counting pages, there are brackets [] in places, I see the word "YES" often and the data varies in its presentation; why is this and what does it all mean?

The Coin Counting Home Page Legend is as follows:
New - indicates the start of a new organization which counts coins, may contain multiple branches
[] - Brackets indicate uncertain information, editorial comments, and data not collected from official institutional documents.
n/c - No charge for coin counting (may or may not include non-account holders)
Customers - Generally, we interpreted customer to mean account holder. May mean different things to different banks, thrifts, and credit unions.

The variability of data has to do with the initial, rather cavalier system of copying, retyping, and/or otherwise transferring data from the websites of organizations which count coins. This may or may not continue to be the case, but we will all have to live with it for now.

How do I know you aren't lying?

You got us. We are transvestite space aliens bent on putting up bogus websites designed to waste your time, in order to lure the Watchdog Tock out of hiding so we can capture him for use on our time dysfunctional home planet.

No, really, where does your information come from?

Specifically, we used a number of search engines to search on combinations of words which yielded banks, credit unions and other organizations which count coins. After recording the website address and some basic information on fees and hours (if available), minimally cleaning up the data, it is posted to this web site. Some data on the website comes from now unavailable web pages and are only cached in the Google web server. Coin counting offered by these organizations may or may not continue to be valid.

How do I use your site, if there is just a big list of cheap and free coin counting sites for each state?

There are a few techniques you can use to make your searching more effective. First, if you find a page hasn't changed recently, you should first refresh the page clicking the "Refresh" button on your browser, hitting F5 in IE (or whatever it is in Netscape, Opera, etc.), or going to the menu -> View -> Refresh. Once you have done that, remember you can use the "Find" function, CNTRL-F in many browsers, the Apple key and F on Apple computers, or under menu --> Edit --> Find. Search for zip codes (although not all banks have a zip listed), town names, or bank names to find something in your area. Otherwise, yes, you just have to scroll down the page or print and look through the list. If you still haven't found a useful bank or credit union, you should consider calling some in your area. Banking has begun to change over the past few years and service is again considered a way to get, retain, and earn more from banking activities. There is a chance your bank has purchased or will be purchasing a teller run or even public self-service, coin counting machine in the near future.

How do I know if I can trust the information on this website?

Do not use any of the information on this website, or ANY website, without first checking on the validity of the information. In the case of this website specifically, call ahead to the institution you would have count your coins and see if their policy matches what is listed here. The data on this site was taken DIRECTLY from the websites and help desks of institutions which claim to count coins. If the two data sources do not match, it is most probably because the organizations posted inaccurate data, the data is now out of date, or they are intentionally misleading users of their websites. There is a small chance that the data was posted here incorrectly, misinterpreted by us, or poorly communicated by us. Finally, when contacting instututions, the problems of teller ignorance, worker unwillingness, and policy murkiness can all have the same result as bad data. What are these problems? By way of short example, even though corporate policy as filed with state regulators is to count account holder's coins free and non account holder's coins for 5% at a particular bank, your counting request may be refused by company staff or management. In these cases, your best bet may be to go to another organization which will count your money for the same or lower price. You may also choose to make your case with evidence gathered from their website, your state banking regulators, and staff on duty at a different time than when you had your problem. Whatever the source of problematic information, send us corrections and we will edit the site as soon as possible.

Should I -- wrap, unwrap, count -- my coins before I bring them to the bank?

It depends. As in the answer above, we suggest calling ahead to verify an organization's coin counting capabilities. This is a good time to ask if any special preparation needs to be done. Some organizations still count coins by hand (fewer and fewer) so you may have to actually drop off your coins and pick up your receipt the next day. With staffing generally tighter at financial institutions than it used to be, it is best not to go during Thursday afternoon's check cashing rush, for example, even for self-service machines (they fill up quickly these days with all the coin counting going on, requiring staff to do coin bag changing). To make your coin counting faster, possibly more accurate, safer to earrings which may have fallen into your coins, and available next time you want to count coins, it is a good idea to bring only clean coins with no foreign, badly damaged or obsolete coins or other objects mixed in with them. This also allows you to estimate how much money you have based on your coin mix.

How do I know if my coins are being counted accurately?

Caution should rule the day NO MATTER WHERE you count your coins. Even organizations which have every intention of being honest may occasionally have problems with their procedures, equipment or staff. Some states, but not all, regulate retail measurement equipment involving monetary transactions. We suggest that you should, if you plan on counting large numbers of coins often, test their equipment and/or staff with a smaller quantity of coins you have pre-counted.

You should really create a zip code search tool for coin counting locations, why haven't you?

We were so excited about getting this site up, we just put up what we had, as is. Honestly, we don't know if we will update to zip code searches or add some form of search tool to our pages.

It would be great if someone could create a site like this for this or that consumer problem, can you do that?

We would love to do this again, we just need to know about the problem and we will see if we can come up with a solution. Let us know about it from our email page and we will get back to you right away.

Can I tell people about this site?

Should you tell someone abuot this site?? Of course! Tell everyone! Go to every blog, guestbook, debit counseling organization, and friend you have on the Internet and off and trumpet the wonders of this site. The more people who use the site, the more helpful it will become, the more content it will have, the more cheap and free coin counting people can do. Just say no to expensive coin counting and help others say the same thing as well.

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