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Author Topic: $2 bill for green stamp  (Read 3031 times)
N8YQX
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« on: April 19, 2013, 07:58:27 AM »

With the increasing postage rate, I think it's common to include two $1 bills (green stamps) for DX QSL.  Since some banks have $2 bills on hand, I was thinking about using that instead.  Any thoughts?

Considering $2 bill is not widely circulated, I think it may be a good surprise for the DX station, but on the flip side, DX may be confused by the strange bill.  I'm also concerned about the ability to exchange $2 bill to the local currency.

Tnx

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NU4B
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2013, 08:46:28 AM »

I've never had a problem sending a $2 bill.
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N6ORB
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2013, 08:54:57 AM »

When I've used uncirculated $2 bills I have had a very good return rate. Foreign postage and IRCs seem safer where the local postal system is reported to be "leaky."

Dave, N6ORB
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N8YQX
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2013, 09:00:06 AM »

Tnx for the input.  Looks like I'll be getting a stack of $2 bills from the bank.
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2013, 09:20:56 AM »

Perhaps you can obtain some $3 bills left over from the Clinton administration.   
Or maybe use monopoly money (some contries' currancy is worth about the same).
If I remember correctly the U.S.P.S. is no longer going to issue IRC's  (will still process
incoming IRC's)   So geen stamps and purchased foreign stamps will be about the only
choice.

Allen KA5N
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NU1O
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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2013, 09:35:22 AM »

I wouldn't try to surprise the DX station with an odd bill. The object is to pay for his return postage --- that's it.  I've never heard of a DX station having a problem with a dollar bill unless their is a ban against US money in the first place.  I'd stick with dollar bills and not get fancy.

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W6UV
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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2013, 10:06:25 AM »

I've got some $3 bills with Bill Clinton on them. I wonder if they'd work?
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AF3Y
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« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2013, 10:33:40 AM »

I have used $2 bills at least 100 times. NO Problems. Yet.

73, Gene AF3Y
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N8YQX
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« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2013, 11:05:41 AM »

To be on the safe side, I got a wad of $1 bill this time.  I have some crisp $2 bills at home, so I may try it out with few safe countries to see how it goes.

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« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2013, 11:24:09 AM »

Banks have (or had) tons of $2 bills. I used to give them to my son for his lunch money. Funny thing was the school cafeteria workers were reluctant to take them because they said they were rare and a little kid shouldn't be spending them! LOL!

While Americans rarely use $2 bills, they are (were) in common use in Canada.
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« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2013, 01:51:50 PM »

I wouldn't try to surprise the DX station with an odd bill. The object is to pay for his return postage --- that's it.  I've never heard of a DX station having a problem with a dollar bill unless their is a ban against US money in the first place.  I'd stick with dollar bills and not get fancy.

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Chris/NU1O



 Grin Be brave, Chris. Step out of that conservative box you live in. Send a $2 bill.  Grin

(Just teasing you Chris)
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N2RJ
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« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2013, 02:25:03 PM »

No problems with $2 bills at all. The idea that a foreign station will reject a $2 bill because it is unfamiliar is just unfounded speculation not based in reality.
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« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2013, 02:29:48 PM »

This Canadian station will take any US currency... or Australian too (gotta start getting some for an upcoming .au vacation Smiley ).

On the other hand I imagine if I mailed $2 Canadian coins, my recipients would be less excited.
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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2013, 05:27:40 AM »

Do most dx'rs also include a self addressed envelope with their QSL and $$$?
I use LOTW but want to pick up some QSL cards from non-LOTW stations.
Tks...Sam W8VVE
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AB8MA
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« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2013, 06:39:04 AM »

Do most dx'rs also include a self addressed envelope with their QSL and $$$?
I use LOTW but want to pick up some QSL cards from non-LOTW stations.
Tks...Sam W8VVE

Always send an SAE with your card and request.

If you are getting into QSLing for the long term, check out WILLIAM J. PLUM Airmail Postage & DX Supplies here in the reviews section.
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