Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Free coin counting + free branded merchandise = great advertising ploy
Did you know Commerce Bank has free coin counting? Branches of this bank have been popping up like mad around New York recently, and I'd never been inside one before until tonight. But after a friend mentioned this free service, I had to check it out. We only ended up cashing in $2.01, but it was fun playing with the "Penny Arcade" and since we "guessed" within $1.99 how much our coins would total up to be, we got a free prize: a choice of either a big red "C"-shaped plastic piggy bank or a keychain. I always thought it was pretty dumb that Coinstar -- seen at many supermarkets -- charged you like seven cents on the dollar for the service. Now, you can do it for free, if you're near one of these banks. Yet another reason to go digging for all that loose change that's hiding around your home.