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Lewes currency

On 19 Aug 2008 at 8:09pm Joe Strummer wrote:
I read in a national paper yesterday that a Lewes currency has been made. If this is correct, where can I get it? And I know it is good for the local economy to have its money spent locally, but isn't this taking it to extremes?????
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On 20 Aug 2008 at 8:47am wanderer wrote:
thats correct it s due to come into circulation around sep/oct and im sure you dont have to accept the money as a customer but retailers have to take it please correct me if im wrong ???
On 20 Aug 2008 at 10:23am Elvis The Gunslinger wrote:
I can't see why or indeed how local businesses can be forced to accept it. The whole idea of a seperate currency for Lewes seems a bit pointless, it will create more admin work for businesses and I cannot see how a business would benefit from taking a Lewes pound over the normal currency. Is it just a gimmicky thing designed to draw attention to the town?
On 20 Aug 2008 at 11:06am Taff wrote:
These are only tokens and no different to coins so I donr see where the complication is. If the local shops agrre to take them because it brings customers in then good luck to them.
Does anyone remeber the plastic tokens used by the milkmen 30+ years ago. I do, so what is the difference?
You choose to use the local currency as your way of showing some loyalty and preference to use a local shop taking part in the scheme.
The fact that it is for use in the town only, suggests to me the last thing hoped to achieve by it is bringing attention to the town!
On 20 Aug 2008 at 11:29am Elvis The Gunslinger wrote:
Why would these bring business more customers? Without trying to put too much of a downer on things, carrying two different types of money around will just be a hassle that can easily be avoided. If you want to buy something then surely the payment method will be the one most suited to you and I can imagine most people will still pay by card. The fact that this has been picked up by a national newspaper suggest that whether it is welcome or not attention is being drawn to the town. More media coverage of Lewes = more interest the town and it's property = basic supply and demand models driving house prices up..........................I think you know where this is going.
On 20 Aug 2008 at 11:45am Taff wrote:
I agree with your comments Elvis. Perhaps it is just the people organsing it that want their 15 minutes, I dont know.
I saw the article too. Frankly I am getting a little tired of people using cards for some purchases. All it succeeds in doing is creating a longer queue. there should be a minimum limit, say 15 or 20. To have to wait for somone buying a small value item by card is a real pain. Sorry gone off topic now. I suppose the way to look at the local currency is as a debit card that you can only use in certain places in Lewes.
On 20 Aug 2008 at 1:53pm not from around here wrote:
Yes it is a gimmick to draw attention to Lewes in the national press - see extensive press coverage so-far.
There is also some doubt over the claims of it being 'legal tender' - see my new thread above.
What has been mentioned here about practicalities of businesses accepting more that one form of currency are all valid points.
To compare it to a debit card? Well any debit card launched which was only accepted at 30- or so outlets in a town of several hundred businesses would fail as nobody would use it.
On 20 Aug 2008 at 2:57pm Elvis The Gunslinger wrote:
Taff - I think it's swings and roundabout wether it takes longer to paty by card or cash these days. Some banks (natwest i believe) are having pre authorisation for up to 10 so you will not have to enyer PINs or hold people up. I suppose you can say it works a bit like the Oyster card.
I've had a frustrating experience where the woman in front has spent 5 minutes counting 71p out in change. We'll all end up with everything on one Biometric data card anyway.
On 22 Aug 2008 at 3:20pm Taff wrote:
So no one remebers the plastic milk tokens from the 60's. Maybe the South was affluent then too?
On 22 Aug 2008 at 3:48pm Nosey Parker wrote:
I seem to recall plastic milk tokens in the 70's (down south)
On 22 Aug 2008 at 4:24pm Why is Lewes full of eejits? wrote:
Why bother with a currency. Shops in Lewes are rubbish compared with Uckfield (and Brighton) (and Eastbourne) (and T Wells) (and London) (and Dieppe) (and even Newhaven).
On 22 Aug 2008 at 4:38pm Lewes Laugher wrote:
I suppose a lot of the people who are keen on the 'local currency' actually earn their money working in London.
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