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View Poll Results: Will cash disappear on account of Covid-19
Yes, cash is too dirty to handle and vendors will no longer accept it permanently 5 6.67%
No, cash will remain as widely accepted as before and maybe even more 49 65.33%
Not entirely but vendors will still seriously discourage its use 21 28.00%
Voters: 75. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-18-2020, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Numerous articles out there right now giving different opinions though more of them probably say cash is on the way to extinction because of concerns of contracting the virus. Personally I'd hate to see cash go even though I realize it is increasingly being less used than in previous decades (when was the last time you dropped a handful of change into a farebox to pay for bus fare?) and this pandemic sure isn't boosting cash's sinking popularity.

What do others think?
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Old 05-18-2020, 08:17 AM
 
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I think those articles are click bait, and senseless. Ignore them.
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Old 05-18-2020, 08:51 AM
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One of the agendas from the virus hysteria is to go to a cashless society. "Never let a good crisis go to waste" as the old saying goes. You get stuff passed in a "crisis" that you wouldn't be able to get accomplished otherwise. The powers that be want an all-digital dollar housed in a "digital wallet." It gives them complete control over the system. No "dirty" physical dollars hibernating underground.

Watch and see how the slow roll of the agenda plays out.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbr.../#36272b43866a
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Old 05-18-2020, 08:55 AM
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I think those articles are click bait, and senseless. Ignore them.
Was this digital dollar/digital wallet bill "click bait?"

https://www.banking.senate.gov/imo/m...c/SIL20449.pdf
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Old 05-18-2020, 11:09 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Cash may be widely accepted currently (but not all) but it's rare to see someone actually using it. I have had the same 2 five dollar bills in my wallet since about September.


With so many digital options plus debit cards I just don't bother with cash any more, and that's since well before COVID-19.
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Old 05-18-2020, 11:40 AM
 
Location: NC
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A long time ago, so to speak, you could actually clean money by putting it in the washing machine. Now money is fragile and uses weird color dyes and might have special fibers running through. Otherwise I’d just wash my bills.
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Old 05-18-2020, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Dover, DE
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Cash may be widely accepted currently (but not all) but it's rare to see someone actually using it. I have had the same 2 five dollar bills in my wallet since about September.

With so many digital options plus debit cards I just don't bother with cash any more, and that's since well before COVID-19.
Same here. I rarely have more than $40 in my wallet and that lasts me for many months. In fact I can't remember the last time I used cash. Just easier to use the CCs and pay it off in full each month. I also have Samsung Pay on my phone that I use a lot. I can use it almost anywhere (unlike Apple Pay) and it is a touchless system. I do take cash for my crafting business and that's where I would miss it because I would have to up my prices a bit to cover the cost of using the CCs. But I do take CCs through Square which encourages larger sales.


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A long time ago, so to speak, you could actually clean money by putting it in the washing machine. Now money is fragile and uses weird color dyes and might have special fibers running through. Otherwise I’d just wash my bills.
This is where the UV units come into play. I have a PhoneSoap which is small but I can put in my keys, CCs, money, phone or any other small items and it takes maybe 5-10 minutes per cycle. They have larger units that you can put bigger electronics or more money in at one time. I have had my PhoneSoap for about 1.5 years and I understand the company is on a backorder status now. But I use it faithfully every night for my phone and when DH come back from shopping his phone, keys, and any cards he used (CC, loyalty) go in there.
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Old 05-18-2020, 02:33 PM
 
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Digital scamming has continued to be on the upsurge.
Seen debit cards /credit cards compromised.
Just yesterday I got a scam email that said I had a 'credit' refund due, that was from a world known bank. I laughed since I have no credit card with them and absolutely do not use the peer to peer network to pay a person.
Yet my cash in my secured area hasn't been tampered with.
Sorry folks, cash during this time is still accepted.

Correct that digital monitoring continues to see where folks are spending or investing.
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Old 05-18-2020, 03:40 PM
 
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One of the agendas from the virus hysteria is to go to a cashless society. "Never let a good crisis go to waste" as the old saying goes. You get stuff passed in a "crisis" that you wouldn't be able to get accomplished otherwise. The powers that be want an all-digital dollar housed in a "digital wallet." It gives them complete control over the system. No "dirty" physical dollars hibernating underground.
I live in an area with mixed demographics and a fairly high crime rate in some of the surrounding areas. The next town over has a lot of problems with meth. This area is the only place outside of Las Vegas where I can withdraw $200 from an ATM and it spits out 2 $100 bills. I hate that- I put nearly all purchases on credit cards- but I'm guessing there are people around here who use "cash money" for a lot more than I do.

Yes, I can see why the gummint would like to be able to track everything electronically. Businesses like it, too, despite the processing fees, because it cuts down on crime- robberies, pilfering from the cash drawer, etc. Of course there are electronic versions of those crimes but they take more planning and they leave trails.
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Old 05-18-2020, 05:15 PM
 
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I haven't had cash in my wallet for years. Only exceptions have been vacation tip money and trips to the casino.

I know that there is a way to impregnate cloth fibers with antibacterials. I don't know about antivirals. They do it now for some sports clothing and underwear

That would work for cash money

I still wont carry any, I charge everything for cash-back
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