Should we get rid of the US penny?

Total votes: 2895

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

History, anda respect for the past. We've always had it and it serves a purpose besides being utilitarian. It makes one think of times past. It shouldn't cost more to produce it, though. How about having a penny, but a totally redesigned one that saves money in production yet shows somethign interesting about this nation and its roots or where it's going?

posted on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 6:31pm
Sisay's picture
Sisay says:

My mom and I say we should keep the penny because it's the president's face, it's history, and fun to collect. My grandpa says we should get rid of it because it costs more to make it than it's worth. He says, "that doesn't make 'cents."

posted on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 11:17am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

get rid of it

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 11:38am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

why what good will that do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:(

posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 9:25am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it has the president of the united states on it yu don't want to get rid of him

posted on Thu, 05/22/2008 - 12:05pm
Anonymous1345678's picture
Anonymous1345678 says:

he is still on the 5 dollar bill

posted on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 4:54pm
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Billybob the third says:

I think we should keep the penny it may not be worth much but it is part of history.

posted on Sat, 04/25/2009 - 11:40am
Kevin Kalberg's picture

Just because you can't buy anything with a penny, it does not mean you don't keep it. You should keep it so that it will help you out a little bit towards your total payment, it has a little bit of luck, and every cent counts towards your total payment.

posted on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 7:29am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

True

posted on Fri, 03/16/2012 - 3:12pm
Jim's picture
Jim says:

So you think the government is going to go door to door taking pennies from people? Were talking about discontinuing it, genius, not destroying it

posted on Sun, 03/17/2013 - 5:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Why???!!!!???!!!???!!!

posted on Wed, 05/09/2012 - 7:51am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I like that idae very much.

posted on Fri, 01/11/2008 - 2:34pm
bianca's picture
bianca says:

no I think we should get rid of the penny

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:36am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It's true, it costs about 3 cents to make 1 penny, by continuing to make them, we are increasing our national debt.

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:56am
Magareck's picture
Magareck says:

Actually its 1.23c 2 make

posted on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 2:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

but lincoln is still on the 5 dollar bill!!!! just saying so he is still on something

posted on Thu, 05/22/2008 - 12:04pm
miss.awesome's picture
miss.awesome says:

i totally agree lincoln is on the 5 dollar bill! we NEED to get rid of the penny it's just change in my purse i HATE the penny

posted on Tue, 06/03/2008 - 3:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the president is on our $5 bill also.

posted on Tue, 05/01/2012 - 5:20pm
shanaenae's picture
shanaenae says:

yes we should keep the penney it helps with a lot of stuff like counting to 100

posted on Fri, 12/07/2012 - 9:50am
Bigal's picture
Bigal says:

If we get rid of the penny then Honest Abe's face will still be on the $5. We will not lose history. Why would it matter then if we got rid of it. most people throw away their pennies. Why does your comment make any "cents". Im right your wrong lets just get rid of the penny and the nickel.

posted on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 11:00am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the president abe lincon is on it and he already has a memorial in washington DC and on the 5 dollar bill

posted on Fri, 02/01/2013 - 12:13pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

abe is still on the fiv dollar bill its not like were forgetting him

posted on Tue, 04/30/2013 - 8:45am
Dr. Awesome's picture
Dr. Awesome says:

so you want to spend more money in a useless attempt to save some?
The penny is dead, long live the knickle.

posted on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 3:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The Nickel costs more to make than the Penny. It only takes 2 cents to make a Penny but the Nickel takes 10 cents wow . Do you still want to get rid of the Penny if so CHANGE YOUR MIND!!! Have a nice day. :)

posted on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 5:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

how about no. our penny should not be changes. all we r doing is chngeing money noone even know what the 20 dollar bill looks like!

posted on Tue, 08/21/2007 - 6:09pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

penny's are wothless. nobody actually buys things with them. sure they have president lincoln on them and he should be remembered, but instead of cluttering someones house with them we should just make a memorial for him.

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 11:41am
donna's picture
donna says:

Duh, there already is a Memorial for him--Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC!

posted on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 5:32pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Look at the back of a penny. See the building? That's the Lincoln Memorial.

posted on Mon, 09/17/2007 - 9:45am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

we must keep the penny. It's a great coin!!!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 04/01/2008 - 3:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

THE PENNY SHOULD GO NO AND IFS OR BUTTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 1:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Hey i am really disappointed about this cause i think we should and we shouldnt at the same time...I think we shouldnt because it has the licoln memorial and i do accept what you said but sometimes it takes up to much space.....but i think we should keep it

posted on Fri, 04/03/2009 - 8:33am
selah's picture
selah says:

so what if the lincon memorial is on it put it on something else like the dime or the 5 dollar bill.

posted on Thu, 04/23/2009 - 1:34pm
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alex bustamante says:

there is absolutely no need for the penny. long ago, there was a need for it due to the economy however in todays economy, it should be dessimated. Get rid of it now!!!

posted on Sun, 02/17/2013 - 1:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the penny shouldnt go because its part of american hisrtory

posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 9:14am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

we already have one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Mon, 11/03/2008 - 11:36am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

A penny earned is a penny saved. Pennies are great nothing like a shiny penny,

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 2:05pm
Alycia's picture
Alycia says:

i think the penny is neat...plus if you keep a jar of them everyone knows they add up...i get tips at my job and its mostly coins and when i went to cash them in the other day its was like 113 dollars...who couldnt use that?

posted on Wed, 03/05/2008 - 11:45am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Oh yeah? I lugged 300 pennies to the bank the other day, and guess what it got me? Three bucks! Yippee...

posted on Sun, 05/04/2008 - 11:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Why do we even quote prices with two decimals? And what's up with gas prices being quoted at 1/1000th of a dollar? We don't have a 1/10th cent piece, why are they allowed to charge it that way? My point is, it's not about giving back the right change, it's about efficiency. IF we discontinued the penny, they would become rarer and more fun to collect. Kinda like when an artist dies. But as for our economy, if it wasn't for the quarter, I'd say get rid of nickels too. All we really need is dimes and half dollars, and prices should be quoted in tenth's of a dollar.. "ON SALE MILK $2.4" But that's a little extreme. Since pennies and nickels cost twice as much to make than they are worth, I say at least lose the penny..

posted on Tue, 08/19/2008 - 3:19pm
Magareck's picture
Magareck says:

I agree, the penny should stay, it's American history, but if wo could do one that just says "1c" on it would work in my opinion.

posted on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 2:17pm
Corrin's picture
Corrin says:

the penny does just get in the way.
you cant use them in vending machines
or anything..i know its helpful when you have to pay like 57cents or something..but it takes up money and they do get in the way..plus people dont want keep them anyway..thats why they are always on the street!

posted on Wed, 10/15/2008 - 2:22pm
Reina's picture
Reina says:

i think you are right... if we could find another use like vending machines, it would help keep the penny in circulation.

posted on Wed, 10/15/2008 - 2:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The penny is horrible remove it now!

posted on Tue, 12/09/2008 - 9:50am
damiera's picture
damiera says:

well i think we shouldnt keepitcuz its wack!!!!!

posted on Sun, 01/25/2009 - 5:08pm
Illithid's picture
Illithid says:

I think that there is almost no need for a penny. They take up more space then dimes, and are worth 1/10th as much. They are useful for taxes when you buy things, but don't really have any other use. I think pennies should be collectors items, (cheap ones) and that they should eliminate the need to use increments of less than 5. My other idea about it is that they could make it worth 2 or 3 cents to make it more valuable, but that would complicate things.

posted on Fri, 04/03/2009 - 10:40am
Jim's picture
Jim says:

Do we really need a penny to be in touch with our history? I think not. Let's dump the penny and remember our nation in more meaningful ways. Isn't President's Day enough?

posted on Fri, 04/24/2009 - 7:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

we need the penny to make exact change

posted on Sat, 04/25/2009 - 12:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Yes it's history and also how would we get our change back if we needed pennys but didn't have them. Respect the penny.

posted on Sat, 04/25/2009 - 6:38pm
Alex C A's picture
Alex C A says:

I know right!
And plus, What good would it do to have millions of pennies that we can NEVER use. I mean if we keep them we at least have a use for them. If not, there jsut gonna be Everywhere. And people say there just gonna be funner to collect, Nope. Its gonna be horrible, because the amount of pennies there are, there not gonna be rare! So just get over it and keep the damn pennies, we've had em forever WE CAN DEAL WITH THEM LONGER.
BTW PENNIES R EPIC

posted on Thu, 02/03/2011 - 9:56pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

What other way can we gve and receive exact change.

posted on Sat, 08/11/2007 - 2:29pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it is possible to have currency exchnge without pennies, but then stores would have to sell things for round prices, and the government would have to raise taxes in increments of five, rather than one. stores would be unable to make things look like they are cheaper, and the government would not be able to make taxes look like they are increasing slower. to remove pennies would mess up the economy

posted on Sat, 08/11/2007 - 6:22pm
James Very's picture
James Very says:

WE don't ecatly use the pennies most people end up giving them away or not evenkepping them if they are given as change. Yes they do help with the change factor but they are also somewhat of a nusiance. If we did get rid of the penny I think alot of people would be happy but it would also cuase some problems with exact change.

posted on Sat, 04/25/2009 - 4:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

If were to get rid of the penny and nickel school children would have an easier time adapting to the metric system that is international. Dimes and dollars fit well into the metric system and it's also easier for children to retain, especially those children who have difficulty with remembering numbers.

posted on Sun, 08/12/2007 - 2:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Pennies and nickels fit into a metric system, too. US currency is based on a decimalised metric system. Your comment makes no sense.

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 2:21am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

well maybe your rite but wat would we do with abraham lincoln then? he would be very angry and he was one of the best presidents ever!!!!!!!!!! im just asking u to reconsider...

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 12:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

abe's already on hte five-dollar bill, which is better.

posted on Thu, 08/30/2007 - 2:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

they shouldn't retire the penny
im in love with it
they may become more valuable

posted on Sat, 12/11/2010 - 11:38am
anonymous's picture
anonymous says:

Why make more pennies and nickles? Can't we continue to use the ones already minted?

posted on Sun, 08/12/2007 - 2:36pm
Elizabeth's picture
Elizabeth says:

i think not making any more pennies is a great idea. there are plenty of pennies in circulation already, so we can continue using pennies, but stop making them. that way, everyone is happy. : )

posted on Mon, 08/20/2007 - 2:59pm
Greg's picture
Greg says:

Well, that is a great idea! But it's not possible. People throw away pennies, lose them, shove them in places and never use them, I mean, we could slow down the rate we make pennies, that's more reasonable, great idea!

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 4:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

hi i like pennys. :}

posted on Sun, 08/12/2007 - 2:47pm
Manderzzz (Mandy)'s picture
Manderzzz (Mandy) says:

woo! go pennys! yea! plus if we dont have pennys then how am i supposed to get good luck? huh? yea thats what i thought! it wont make any sense to say "find a penny pick it up all the day youll have good luck!" if theres no pennys! so LONG LIVE PENNYS!!!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 1:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i like pennys to i think ther great.

posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 9:24am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

We should keep making pennies, but make them from a new matierial. That way they're cheaper.

posted on Sun, 08/12/2007 - 5:45pm
JB's picture
JB says:

The penny should remain in our US currency because it shows the importance of one of our preidents.

posted on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 8:29am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

granted pennies are kind of annoying to carry around and to have to give changed back to customers and stuff, but they are part of history and they do cost more to make than to actually use...which kind of biites! they are prettycool though!!

posted on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 10:19am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

In Canada, they electoplate their steel coins and they only cost a fraction of the face value.

posted on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 12:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

If it takes more than a penny, what is the point of making them; they only waste money! We should make a less expensive penny.

posted on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 12:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think your wrong its part of american history

posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 9:21am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I feel that the penny should be eliminated for purely practical reasons. It is my personal opinion that the use of the
penny as currency leads to unnessecary complications that make buisness less efficient. This is quite unfortunate because then there is less time for people such as myself to attempt to effectively deal with issues of much greater significance. I would appreciate it very much if I did not have to deal with the strange obscurities and petty irregularities of the penny's monetary usage on a daily basis.

posted on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 12:57pm
cale lupray's picture
cale lupray says:

the only things pennys are usefull for are getting thrown away, which is a waste of copper, so yes we shoulddespose of the pennny

posted on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 1:22pm
shelly's picture
shelly says:

you should pick up and save all the pennies you find. The last time I cashed in all my pennies, I got $52.00. That was enough to buy my BAM skateboard! I will keep saving all my pennies to save up for something else I really want.

posted on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 2:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

rosk on long live the penny

posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 1:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It costs 1.6 cents to make a penny worth 1 cent

posted on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 2:00pm
SWM's picture
SWM says:

so? i think we keep them:)

posted on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 7:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The half-cent coin was taken out of circulation in 1857 because its value was too low to be useful. The half-cent was worth about 10 cents in todays currency. Why are we so hesitant to get rid of this obsolete, money-wasting coin that most often ends up in landfills? Let coin collectors preserve the historical value of the penny.

posted on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 2:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The lucky nickel is not nearly as appealing as the lucky penny.

posted on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 3:00pm
Tim Pawlenty's picture
Tim Pawlenty says:

The federal government has too much power. We need to end their oppression of our exisistance. Without money there will be no taxes and our lives will be improved.

posted on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 3:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I we want to respect our history, we need to get rid of the penny. The leaders and people of the nation have always seen past sentimentalism and discontinued currency which has become obsolete due to inflation or lack of utility (half-cent, 50 cent piece, two dollar bill). To end this tradition would mean an end to a great tradition of logical economics in the U.S. Monetary transactions can be rounded to the nearest 5 or ten cents for cash transactions, or rounded to the nearest penny for electronic (credit, debit) transactions, as they are today.The only reason valid reason to retain the penny is emotional, that the penny holds a special place in the minds of people because its a different color or whatever. Lincoln can be remembered on the five dollar bill and on his birthday, he will be remembered without the penny.

posted on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 3:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The penny makes you think of times past because it is so outdated. To say it is utilitarian is just plain false. The only time I use pennies is to lug my bucket of them to the CoinStar machine to collect my two dollars. And to redesign the penny to make it cheaper to make would completely negate the sentimentalism in your heart for it, wouldn't it? Lincoln is on the Five, and he has a holiday all his own, we are not forgetting him by discontinuing the penny. Saying we can't get exact change without the penny makes no sense because we don't get exact change now, ITS ROUNDED TO THE NEAREST PENNY. Consumers would not get short-changed, because taxes and shopping for more than one item produces a randomizing effect no matter how companies set up their pricing. THERE IS NO VALID ARGUMENT FOR ITS CONTINUED PRODUCTION. Except maybe to give the zinc and copper corporations a little more business.

posted on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 4:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

To get rid of the penny would be the best thing the federal government has done in a long time. You know the penny's a waste when a majority of the public doesn't care to keep it on them. There's the change cups at cashiers for have a penny give a penny....nuff said.

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 7:02am
heather's picture
heather says:

no way everything would be more expensive

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 11:08am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

pennys rock

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 11:14am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

pennies are historic. they have been around forever. Even though the pennies aren't worth much, they still mean a lot to our country because they do have the presidents face on them and they may mean a lot to other people

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 1:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

how will we get those flattened souvenier pennies w/out pennies?

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 3:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yes
yes
yes

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 3:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the penny has one of our greatest presidents on it

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 4:05pm
Elizabeth's picture
Elizabeth says:

The penny is the best coin,

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 4:45pm
ria's picture
ria says:

i think we should keep the penny because it is a great part of history

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 4:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Pennies allow for a more flexible pricing structure for all goods and services. Pennies also allow for flexibility in taxation. However, keeping the penny because "we've always had it" is ridiculous--we've also had the Electoral College for a very long time--it doesn't mean that it makes sense to keep it as it always was in a current and different era. Making a less expensive penny makes a lot of sense--continuing to manufacture it inefficiently doesn't.

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 5:16pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

PENNIES RULE!

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 5:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

keep the penny

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posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 5:54pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

we should keep the penny otherwise it would be veary hard to make change!

posted on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 1:35pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

We could just round prices off to the nearest nickel. This already happens with the Take A Penny / Leave a Penny jars.

posted on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 1:48pm
David Webb's picture
David Webb says:

PENNIES ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!! LONG LIVE THE PENNY!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 3:35pm
Anoyed person's picture
Anoyed person says:

the nickle costs 10.09 cents to make. should we loss that too?!!!!

posted on Sat, 02/02/2013 - 5:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Keeping the penny is silly and a waste of valuable time and money, both in the creation of over priced pennies and in the time wasted counting out exact change. Even if every business in the country rounded up, and you paid no more than 4 cents more than you do right now (which would never happen, everyone would round down just as often as up) in the end if you'd bought something every single day (you have a serious spending problem) 0.04 * 365 = $14.60 You are out a soul crushing $14 which could be a tax cut, or spent on education, or any of a million worthy causes, not to mention the money saved minting the darn things. Keeping the penny is as ridiculous as not switching to the metric system, both signs of an incredibly ignorant country, which I'm sorry to say, as I am a very proud American, we are an exceptionally ignorant people as a whole.

posted on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 3:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that you are ridiculous. First of all, everybody buys at least one thing a day. If you don't, then you're 14 and you waste your daddys allowance on one purchase then have to wait a week. In fact, people do need to eat every day... and most americans do not have the time in this fast-paced society to eat at home. So, it's more than that. But anyway, its all ridiculous. Who cares how much money we will lose if we get rid/keep the penny? I think we're splitting hairs here. Maybe we should concern ourselves with issues that matter.

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 4:07pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

I am 47, work full time, and often go days without buying anything. I go grocery shopping once or twice a week.

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 6:06pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Gotta disagree with you on the metric system. The effort required to change would be enormous, and the benefit slight. The area where it makes a difference -- international trade -- has already switched.

Gotta disagree with you on the intelligence of our fellow countrymen, too. Not that I'm questionig your patriotism! ;-)

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 6:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

we should round to the nearest dollar

posted on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 3:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I like pennies, though

posted on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 3:31pm
David Webb's picture
David Webb says:

Pennies are the coolest coin ever!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 3:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

pennys stink

posted on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 3:38pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i hate pennies!!!!

posted on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 4:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Penny's rock my world! yeah!!

posted on Thu, 08/16/2007 - 12:41pm
Max's picture
Max says:

i like the penny. only when they're shiny.

posted on Thu, 08/16/2007 - 12:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

pennies rock

posted on Thu, 08/16/2007 - 2:31pm
skater's picture
skater says:

dont you wish there wrthless

posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 1:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no I like the penny. Pennies rock government !!!!
make it out of a different material that is more cost efficient!

posted on Thu, 08/16/2007 - 4:53pm
Geoff Crane's picture

The Australian 1¢ and 2¢ coins were withdrawn from service in 1992. Stores still price things how they want (eg $4.97). If you are buying just that item it will be rouded down to $4.95. If you are buying more than one item they are all added up as-is and the final total is rounded. It works just fine. When I visit the US I'm always amazed at how many pennies my pockets seem to accumulate!

posted on Thu, 08/16/2007 - 7:27pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I find that have a lower form of a doller bill is a waste of space. I find that having a 1 cent piece is a waste of my valuble time. Now as the price of almost everything in the U.S. we almost have no need for such a thing. I mean if you have to pay for a pair of shoes that cost $29.99 wouldn't it be easyer to pay $30.00.

posted on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 2:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

if we got rid of the penny then prices would probably go up to be able to make things exact! What would we do with out pennies!

posted on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 4:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

if prices went up, it wouuld be by a maximum of 4cents....big whoop!

posted on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 4:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Pennies cost more to make than they are worth. Dump the penny.

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 9:58am
Art Wolters's picture
Art Wolters says:

The half-cent was discontinued after 1857 when Congress correctly decided it was a measure of value that had no consequence.

Since then the value of our currency has dropped by a factor of 100 or more. (We call it rising "cost of living" but it is really declining money value).

It now takes only 6 seconds to earn one cent at minimum wage, and I bet you can't name one single item you can buy for a dime.

If we apply the same standard of value that Congress used in 1857 we could eliminate every coin less than the half dollar, and use prices and wages with ONE DECIMAL POINT. That is, this bag of carrots is $0.8 and admission to that movie is $4.5

EXACT CHANGE doesn't mean anything if the pennies and nickels are worthless! In fact, they are already out of use because people throw them away or allow them to pile up in their sock drawer (while the Government spends millions of dollars, and scarce metals, to replace them).

In summary, remove pennies and nickels from circulation after a few months to allow people to cash them in, and we would ease the current shortage of copper. Keep dimes as $0.1 and stop minting quarters, but revalue them at $0.3 so as to be consistent in getting rid of the 1/100 dollar designation. As a last detail, stop printing dollar bills so that the dollar coin will catch on and we'd save more money that we use printing that denomination on short-lived paper.

Maybe we could finally get rid of the string of 9s on all the gasoline signs. Won't $2.5 make a lot more sense than $2.499 a gallon. Either way, 15 gallons would cost $37.5

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 10:01am
C. Nile DeMencha's picture
C. Nile DeMencha says:

After reading these previous responses, I am forced to agreee with those who think that the penny is inefficient. Rounding prices would change things by a maximum of 4cents, and eliminaing the cost of producing the penny would far make up the deficit.

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 10:56am
zouapha's picture
zouapha says:

I too agree with this. Penny is a waste of space and money. what's the point of having them when technically you can't even do much with them unless you carry a whole jar just to buy a few item at the store. who carries change to purchase their grocery these days?

posted on Tue, 10/21/2008 - 5:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I like it

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 12:21pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Well because I LOVE THE PenNy!!

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 12:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It would add up to to a bigger prise.

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 1:33pm
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Tony Rabiola says:

yes but 4 cents can add up... if you do the math correctly it adds up to 4 dollers per 100 what evers

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 2:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

four dollars? you make it sound like that is a ton of money. id totally pay four dollars to get rid of carrying 9 pounds of copper in my pocket

posted on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 10:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yes we should get ride of pennies. there are no point to having them. all they do is take up space in ur wallet. get ride of a one cent coin!

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 2:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

we should keep the penny because if we get ride of it then it will be more expensive in the long run

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 4:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

pennies are awesome!!!! just think, everything would be more expensive, and pennies are part of american history.

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 5:10pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Actually, prices would average out to be exactly the same. Let's say you bought ten items using the penny, and the same ten items rounding off to the nearest nickel:

PRICE WITH PENNY PRICE WHEN ROUNDING
$1.00 $1.00
$1.01 $1.00
$1.02 $1.00
$1.03 $1.05
$1.04 $1.05
$1.05 $1.05
$1.06 $1.05
$1.07 $1.05
$1.08 $1.10
$1.09 $1.10
TOTAL $10.45 TOTAL $10.45

So, half the time you round UP to the nearest nickel and pay more, and half the time you round DOWN to the nearest nickel and pay less. It all evens out.

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 5:56pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Interesting, but i still think we should keep the penny

posted on Sun, 01/20/2008 - 4:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

but are stores willing to round down?

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:25am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

They already do. Sales tax is a percentage of the price. If you bought items worth, say, $5.50, and your sales tax was 6.25, then your bill would come to $5.84375. The store would round that down to $5.84. Check a few sales receipts, especially those from gas stations which spell everything out.

posted on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 7:56pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I Hate penny's!!!!!!! Get of them Imediatly!!!! Please!!!!!!

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 7:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

That is a rude comment. I have a lucky penny and I don't want to get rid of it

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 12:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I like pennies. They are awesome.

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 12:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

why get rid of the pennies as you would most likely then raise the price of everything on the market by at least one cent or more. Which does in the long run quickly add up. So long live the penny!!

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 12:36pm
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Emma says:

I think we should keep the penny because otherwise we have to round it up to a nickel.
And who wants to pay more money then we have to?

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 12:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Pennies are awesome!!!!!!!!

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 1:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think that we should get rid of them because 1: most people have credit cards or a check book, 2: not alot of people will actually take the time to get the exact change when there is a line behind them waiting to pay for something... but i also think that we should keep it because it has the presidents face on it....

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 1:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 2:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

If we get rid of the penny, then phrases like "penny for your thoughts" and "my two cents" will make absolutely no sense

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 4:02pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Kind of like "you sound like a broken record" does now? ;-)

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 5:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Just like the silver dollar, pennies are a waste of room. Nobody really uses it anyways. If it's only purpose is historical purposes then you might as well frame it or something. They're just clutter, and it weights you down.

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 4:27pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

long live the penny!

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 4:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

pennies leave clutter in my pocket and i usually end up losing them anyway.

posted on Mon, 08/20/2007 - 10:58am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It's penny what can I say?

posted on Mon, 08/20/2007 - 2:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

What would happen to the saying "a penny saved is a penny earned"?

posted on Mon, 08/20/2007 - 3:38pm
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Tatianna Lopez says:

I thimk it means you earn what you deserve if you do a sertain amount of things you should earn a day's work

posted on Tue, 08/21/2007 - 10:25am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

so now gas will be even more expensive
instead of 2.99 and 9/10 it will be 3.05

posted on Tue, 08/21/2007 - 12:07pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

No -- if you buy exactly 1 gallon of gas it will be $2.999, which would be rounded up to $3.00, same as it is now.

posted on Tue, 08/21/2007 - 2:09pm
?!'s picture
?! says:

Yes-- the US penny should be kept. Anyway, what other way there could be to show exact change in cash.

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 9:48am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think the penny should stay. I like to collect them. If they go away I cant add to my collection.

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 11:31am
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potterfreak says:

accutally you could keep collecting pennies because if ur really an avid penny collector you'd pay anything to get a rare penny so if they all go out the longer you have it the more it is! I mean imagine 50 yrs form now all those pennies you have turn into 5.00 of 500 dollars EACH! you'd be one rich person.

posted on Mon, 03/03/2008 - 4:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think the penny should stay. I collect pennys. If they go I cant collect more.

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 11:35am
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sorak says:

i think pennies should be band because noboady uses them any more, and they are a hastle too cary around!!!!!

posted on Tue, 03/04/2008 - 12:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

business will round up prices and we will end up paying more than we are now

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 11:48am
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trae says:

No one in their right mind would think to get rid of the U.S. penny.

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 12:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I agree!

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 2:16pm
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Nadeen says:

I think that the penny should be kept because it is an important part of our history. It is also convinient if you a little bit extra so you don;t have to use up a nickel. Also if you are a cashier sometimes you have to use pennies.

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 2:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

we shuld always have the penny

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 2:18pm
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Brent says:

No, we should get rid of the penny. It has almost no value and probably costs too much to make. It takes up to much space.

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 2:24pm
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Hannah and Haley says:

We should totally keep the penny. There is still some candy that is only 1 cent! We could just stop making so many, 'cause life would be so different without it. we would have to put more money in when we are making a wish on a wishing well, we would have to round up, and if u think about i, if we round up about 100 times, that is a whole dollar more!!!! : )

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 2:32pm
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Erin Schmidtke says:

The U.S. penny should not be kept because, financially, it is simply a waste to make. It's a pretty straightforward issue. Also, since the average American earns a penny every two seconds or so at work, if it takes more than two seconds to pick up a penny you find on the ground, it's a waste because that time could be used more efficiently. Just round everything to the nearest nickel. Losing or gaining a few extra cents is not that big of a deal.

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 3:02pm
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Maggie Pint says:

I really don't feel that we need to make items that cost more to produce than they are worth. This is simple economics, and I think that tradition in something as small as the face of a president should not waste government money that goes to other causes. On top of that, there is nothing in the united states that costs less than 10 cents, and 10 cents is tough to find. With that in mind, why on earth do we have currencies less than 10 cents? The rounded amount couldn't make an actual difference in the life of even the poorest person. Think about it Bernackie...

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 3:03pm
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Natalie says:

I think that the US cent should be kept, but to motivate people into keeping it, there should be collector's pennies. This could also work if the penny is discontinued.

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 4:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Totally! Kepp the penny! How else can you annoy someone while repaying a debt than by payng it all in pennies? (trust me, it REALLY annoys.)

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 4:49pm
I's picture
I says:

Discontinue making pennies and nickels untill they can pay back China, then continue normally.(The way things are going, this should take only about 56 years.)

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 4:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

pennys are cool

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 7:59pm
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Sharpay Evans says:

keep the penny and don't lose it. pennies are awesome and we need to keep them alive!! dont let anything happen to wonderful penny made of sweet copper die. make it worth 5 cents and replace the so called nickel, that would then turn into 1 cent. always remember the good say

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 10:54am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

a penny is a part of history, why not keep them. without a part of the US coins you will recive just more change in return when you're buying something. also to remove penneys would make all the prices that are $.99 or anything like that would have to be rounded up to $1.00 and we would lose money.

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 10:54am
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Sharpay Evans says:

keep the penny and don't lose it. pennies are awesome and we need to keep them alive!! dont let anything happen to wonderful penny made of sweet copper die. make it worth 5 cents and replace the so called nickel, that would then turn into 1 cent. always remember the good say

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 10:54am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Lincoln already has the 5 dollar bill

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 11:45am
Yacob's picture
Yacob says:

how many times in the last week have you used a penny not think about how many that have been made the only thing pennys are good for these days is parking meters and for little kids to pick up and say "find a penny pick it up and all the day youll have good luck"

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 1:33pm
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MY pants says:

get rid of the penny

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 1:38pm
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a guy with a funny name says:

think what shopping would be like without it no more 9.99 stuff

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 1:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

No,If you save all the pennies you recive you can savea lot

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 2:01pm
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lerllie says:

lincon has it but he derservers more! the penny is the best out of all coins

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 2:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i like the noble penny.

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 3:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

pennies can kill if you drop a penny from a tall building it will slice your head open

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 4:00pm
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SUGACUTIE says:

IS THAT TRUE OR AN EXADREATION?

posted on Wed, 10/03/2007 - 7:05pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

It is completely false. The mighty Mythbusters tackled this in their first season, and found that air resistance makes the penny tumble, slowing its speed. Video here. Uncle Cecil came to a similar conclusion more than 20 years earlier.

posted on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 10:07am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Our drugstore sells assorted Tootsie Rolls for a penny.

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 4:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i was 4 the penny but after reading this im totally against the penny

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 4:38pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

There has just been so much inflation that the penny really isn't a significant amount any more. I mean, what's $100 now? Not much.Compare $100 to a penny. Point stated.

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 4:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

every day prices in america are going up. whats a penny

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 4:42pm
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Tanya says:

yeah the prices may be going up but you van use the penny fo rpenny drives like at mcdonalds

posted on Thu, 05/22/2008 - 12:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

once i took a dollar and exchanged it 4 100 pennys. they spilled and i lost alot. i would have been better off if pennys hadnt entered my life.

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 4:49pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

This isn't quite on topic, but I'll say that I paid the postage on my college applications with one and two cent stamps. The envelopes were covered, and each one had to be hand cancelled. The people at the post office were NOT happy with me, but according to the Dean of Admissions at the college that I ended up attending, my envelope made an instant impression on the staff reviewing my application. I'm not recommending the technique, but pennies (or their postal equivalent) played a big role in my life!

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 4:52pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

You cant buy anything with a penny.

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 5:19pm
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danny badgley says:

the gov has made prices rise on so many differnet things that a penny isnt really worht naything anymore to anyone they will say ooo its just chump change and some other things but its not really worth anything, 100 isnt really worth anything anymore

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 5:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

PENNIES ARE ANNOYING!!!!!!!

posted on Fri, 08/24/2007 - 6:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i thhink we should because you cant really pay in pennies other wise it would take too long

posted on Sat, 08/25/2007 - 11:18am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

pennies aren't that useful

posted on Sat, 08/25/2007 - 12:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it cost more to make them than they are actually worth

posted on Sun, 08/26/2007 - 4:51pm
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FSX says:

I think the penny should be kept, but not in its present form. Even the thin coating of copper that is on the mostly-zinc current pennies costs more than a cent. (On a side note, you can get some of this coating off easily, but it is much harder to get it all off.) I think the penny should be switched to all-zinc, or possibly aluminum. The Japanese 1-yen piece is aluminum, and the government did make a few aluminum pennies in the 1970s, one of which is now in the Smithsonian.

posted on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 9:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

well bob iwould have to agree with u because we are losing money

posted on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 10:35am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

If you don't use donate the coins

posted on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 2:52pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

KEEP THE PEENY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 2:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what if somthing costs 2.97

posted on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 3:01pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

It would be rounded up to $3.00. If something cost $2.93, it would be rounded down to $2.90.

posted on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 9:16am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

not only would regular costs of things be rounded up but tax would also go up and think about gas if gas is like 2.91 a gallon its going to be rounded up to 2.95 so thats 4 more cents a gallon

posted on Mon, 03/31/2008 - 9:09am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

No, it would be rounded down to $2.90. Tax is already figured into the original price (which is actually $2.909).

I happened to have a couple of old gas station receipts in my recycling bin. On January 25 I bought 7.736 gallons at $2.939 per gallon. That comes to $22.736104. The station rounded it up to $22.74. On March 3, I bought 6.997 gallons for $2.969 per gallon. That comes to $20.774093. The station rounded it down to $20.77.

If we eliminate the penny, retailers will round prices off to the nearest nickel -- half the time rounding up, half the time rounding down.

posted on Tue, 04/01/2008 - 12:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think it is odd how pennies cost more to make thatn they are worth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 3:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It makes sense to get rid of senseless cents.

posted on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 6:28pm
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mentor says:

make a two cent or three cent pennies are a waste of money paying for making pennies!!! it benefits us,it takes a 100 pennies to make $1.

harrison p. loch

posted on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 7:32pm
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mentor says:

if it were up to me i would have all the pennies melted and molded into a giant lincoln statue so then we could remember lincon and get rid of the penny

posted on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 7:44pm
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Madison says:

Keep it cause of garage sales or things that are less important like the quarter things that you get at the MN Zoo.

posted on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 10:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

there good to have because what if u buy something and the total comes up as $10.21!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cents then u would have 2 pay $10 and 25 cents then how much would u get back 3cents which is 3 pennies

posted on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 12:56pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Actually you'd get back 4 cents. Without the penny, the price would be rounded down to $10.20.

posted on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 4:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Even though it may clutter up your pocket The Penny is a long held tradition to use . So let us keep on using that wonderful tradtion.

KEEP THE PENNY IN YOUR POCKET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 4:10pm
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poodle says:

i think we should keep the penny because it's a classic coin and we sohould not get rid of it because of the cost if we got rid of things that costed to much we wouldn't have anything =)

posted on Thu, 08/30/2007 - 1:44pm
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Solanum Tuberosum2 says:

But what about the 99 cent store, huh? How will we get change for that? And plus, what sense does it make to have a coin worth five pennies, when there are no pennies left? I say make pennies out of cheap stuff that people will pay you to take. That way, we have pennies, AND more money!

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 8:26am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i get change that i never spend in pennies

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 10:15am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The Penny Rules! Go Honest Abe!

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 11:08am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think we should be on the european euro

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 11:39am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

penny stinks evervrything should be in 10 cents they should make a ten cent piece with teddy rosevelts name on it

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 11:39am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no way i love the penny . if we get rid of what will we do with all the other penies we already have .

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 1:49pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I would be concerned with the social effects of eliminating the penny on inflation. People who now just tuck it in a jar might decide to do the same with the next smallest denomination. When we lose the sense of worth of money like that, I wonder if inflation would accelerate? In a perfect world, of course, this would not occur, and the rounding down of an item that currently costs $1.02 to $1.0 would happen. We don't live in a perfect world, we live in a cost based society where the manufacturer would see that as losing $0.02 on every one sold. I would be for reducing the waste in the process of manufacturing while still meeting the customer's (our) requirements of having currency that we don't pay extra for through our taxes...Do you really care what color a penny is?

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 2:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

they are useless

posted on Sat, 09/01/2007 - 2:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

we love 99 cent stores :]

posted on Sat, 09/01/2007 - 5:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The penny is a rather useless form of money. It has very little value and I feel we should either get rid of it completely, or add a two-cent piece like many other currencies offer.

posted on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 9:24am
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crzy fr pennies says:

I think we should keep pennies. ROCK ON PENNIES !!!!

posted on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 10:10am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

They Will Be Collectable

posted on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 11:57am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

we have to keep it!

posted on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 2:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

so do i

posted on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 2:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

well i like the penny cause it is worth 1 cent and not 2 i thimk that it makes us stand out from other countries

posted on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 2:41pm
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Reggie says:

I think not! I think that in the future,they may become very valuble

posted on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 3:14pm
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Dr. T says:

Replace the nickel with a Ni clad coin that costs about what the penny costs to make. There is merit in having a 5 cent increment, but producing money that cost more than the face value is not fiscally responsible.

posted on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 9:42am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

how can you not have the penny?

posted on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 1:33pm
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Doc D says:

Pennies RULE!

People throw them away and it's good luck to find them.

They're a good substitue for fuses.

It just doesn't sound right to say "a nickel for your thoughts" or sing "nickels from heaven".

People make wishes throwing penneis into fountains. If they throw nickels or larger coins people will be more inclined to steal them. Then they'll slip and fall in the fountain and you're looking at a $100 Million law suit.

People have named their daughters Penny - when pennies disappear their names will have no meaning.

I love penne pasta - but nickel? pasta...

posted on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 1:58pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Funny! ;-) But, just to be a spoilsport, I need to point out that pennies make a TERRIBLE substitute for fuses. The purpose of a fuse is to protect your home from electrical surges. When too much electricity enters your home, it heats up the wiring. The fuse melts and breaks the circuit, shutting off all the lights in your house. Yeah, a real pain in the rear, but infinitely preferable to having the wires in your wall heat up and burn your house down.

Which is exactly what would happen if you use a penny for a fuse. It has much more copper than a fuse, and thus can withstand much, much higher amounts of electricity before it melts. In fact, the wires in your wall will melt before your penny does.

So, the choice is yours -- spend 59 cents to replace the fuse, or $200,000 to replace your house. (Assuming no one died or was injured in the fire, in which case the cost would be much, much higher.)

posted on Mon, 09/17/2007 - 9:50am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Why the heck would you want to get rid of the penny? What if something costs $2.27?

posted on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 6:46pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

You'd round it down to $2.25.

posted on Mon, 09/17/2007 - 9:51am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i collect them!!!!

posted on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 9:18am
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Mister C says:

The value of a penny does not justify the labor cost of passing it out at the till. I rarely notice anyone using pennies for purchases except to avoid getting a handful of change.

The Lincoln penny should be replaced with a Lincoln five dollar coin.

Features could be used for security and to avoid confusion with other coins. A five dollar coin could be similar to the two dollar coin used in Canada which they call the toonie. The toonie has a small coin inserted into a larger one. The lettering along the edge of the new Washington one dollar coin makes it easy to identify it from other denominations.

A five dollar coin would be used far more than pennies.

posted on Fri, 09/14/2007 - 1:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think the penny should stay it was one of our first kinds of money.LONG LIVE THE PENNY DON'T LET IT GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sat, 09/22/2007 - 4:49pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i be tthe government came up with the idea because its just a way 4 them 2 get more money. the stores would have 2 round all the prices 2 the nearest dollar and the government would have 2 rais the taxes! (MORE MONEY 4 THEM!!!!!!!)
AND I LIKE PENNIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 10/03/2007 - 7:03pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

No, the stores would only have to round prices to the nearest nickel. Half the time you would pay a penny or two more; half the time you would pay a penny or two less.

posted on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 10:08am
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Kitty says:

It's about time we got rid of this dinosaur. It costs us way too much to keep just for sentimentality. The economy should be about business, not about warm-fuzzy nostalgic feelings. I am tired of other people's emotions costing me money.

posted on Mon, 10/08/2007 - 1:24pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Then don't ever fall in love! ;-)

posted on Mon, 10/08/2007 - 6:37pm
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rehlo says:

i just love pennys

posted on Sun, 10/21/2007 - 11:19am
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Brett says:

If we get rid of the penny, what will keep the children occupied while you check out!

posted on Thu, 10/25/2007 - 7:17pm
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Reed says:

Keep the penny don't forget that sellers can sell things like $1.51. LONG LIVE THE CENT!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sat, 11/03/2007 - 9:53am
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clare says:

wellll ido like the penney a lot but if we have other things to pay extra money for like
global warming, hurricanes the bridge, poor

i guess we could get rid of the penney but maybe not the nickel then we wouldnly have to pay nickels witch is only a 4 cent loss

am i right ????????

posted on Fri, 11/09/2007 - 4:56pm
psycho man's picture
psycho man says:

We should get rid of the penny because it cost too much to make it and the american dollar is falling in value so we should get rid of it,there use to be a half cent coin but we got rid of it back in 1857 so today we should get rid of the penny.Also we should bring back the 500 dollar bill because everything is going up and the dollar is losing value.And becides if we get rid of the penny some people might get a raise if they are making 8.53 an hour they will make 8.55. get rid of the penny and bring back the 500 dollar bill.

posted on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 2:48pm
Adri's picture
Adri says:

no way no way no way! what is wrong with the people who are saying we should get ride of the penny?! The penny is a national coin that has been passed down for many generations, it is not like the other coins. I mean look at them all they are all silver, the penny is copper and it rules! Long Live The Penny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 4:00pm
AANG THE AVATAR's picture
AANG THE AVATAR says:

HERE ARE PUNS!!!

CENTS MAKE "CENTS"

(KEEP THE PENNY!)

CENTS ARE COOL

CENTS CENT US 1 CENT!!!

HAA HAA HAA

posted on Tue, 11/27/2007 - 7:16pm
vergil's picture
vergil says:

I say, GET RID OF THE PENNY! I collect coins, and if they get rid of, or change the penny again, then older pennies will increase in value by tons. Also, nobody really uses them anymore! we get change back from grocery stores, throw the penny on the floor, and put the nickels and dimes and quarters in our pocket. If we get rid of the penny, it won't be missed. Because pennies are evil. They are the only coins facing left.

posted on Thu, 11/29/2007 - 1:07pm
Dante's picture
Dante says:

Even though we usually don't agree, I agree with you this time brother!

posted on Thu, 12/13/2007 - 1:13pm
Popcornprincess4's picture
Popcornprincess4 says:

we would not be able to make correct change with out the Penny. Well ya we could make every thing be worth 10 or 5 cents but then taxes would be totaly messed up! everyone would have to have a credit card. So it is impossible to do.
Peace on Earth:)

posted on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 5:19pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

We already round off to the nearest penny. In Michigan, sales tax is 6%. If I buy something for $1.75, my bill comes to $1.855, which is rounded up to $1.86.

posted on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 8:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

LONG LIVE THE PENNY

posted on Mon, 12/31/2007 - 11:40am
Pedro's picture
Pedro says:

I don't ever really use pennies... mostly because I never have cash. Today's young people tend to always use their check cards... and for all of you old people that are going to say check cards are credit.... guess what they're not. It's faster and guess what no pennies!

posted on Mon, 12/31/2007 - 1:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

we should not get rid of the penny. noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
Abraham Lincoln was perhaps one of the greatest presidents our country has known, and the tribute to him, the penny, should not be taken away. Although the 5 dollar bill exists, don't you think Lincoln deserves more than one? He handled the United States during a Civil War, the only civil war that the United States has ever seen. This great nation was split in two, and Lincoln supervised every move the Union took in that war, eventually leading the Union to a victory, and bringing our country back together again. It was unforunate that he was assasinated, and it would have been astounding to see what he could have done with a few more years as President under his belt. This man deserves to be commemorated in the penny.
And what about those times when you just need an extra cent?
SEE A PENNY, PICK IT UP, ALL DAY LONG YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK (:
Why risk the chance of not ever having that luck again?
KEEP THE PENNY!

posted on Mon, 12/31/2007 - 2:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Don't you think it's kind of ridiculous to have a penny? I mean, come on people. The pennies aren't even made out of copper anymore, and nothing costs just a penny anymore either. What purpose do they possibly serve? Not our country's history, because the penny hasn't been ruond since the beginning of the United States

posted on Mon, 12/31/2007 - 3:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

LONG LIVE THE PENNY NO DOUBT ABOUT IT! SOME SAY THAT IT COSTS A LOT TO MAKE PENNIES, BUT IT ONLY COST 1.4 CENTS TO MAKE THEM. IF WE GET RID OF PENNIES, PRICES OF NINTY-NINE CENT PRODUCTS WILL GO UP SIX CENTS!!!! THATS FREAKIN' AWFUL!!! THAT IS LIKE ADDING UP AN EXTRA SIX CENTS FOR EVERY DOLLAR YOU SPEND. WHEN YOU ADD ALL OF THAT MONEY UP, YOU WILL BE LOOSING A TON!!!

posted on Tue, 01/08/2008 - 9:50pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

I don't understand -- if we don't have the penny, then the price of a 99-cent item will go up to $1. That's only a 1-cent increase, not a 6-cent increase. Plus, the cost of a $1.01 item will go down to $1, so it all evens out.

posted on Wed, 01/09/2008 - 11:29am
Mr. Neo's picture
Mr. Neo says:

I think we should keep the penny because of the great man who never told a lie, and chased down a lady because she had some change coming back to her. This is a great inspiration for the kids and for our history, if terrist go into the memorial and the pennies get banned then after years to come no one will no this man who did these great deeds for others. And if abe doesn't exist then neither will the man who killed him in the theater...

posted on Wed, 01/09/2008 - 11:39am
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wellhey =) says:

hey YA'LL . the nickel costs more money to produce that its worth too . how SWEET . so should we stop producing that ? uh NO =) .

posted on Wed, 01/09/2008 - 11:44pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Maybe we should. But note: the penny costs 23% more to produce than it is worth. The nickel costs only 15% more. Plus, the US Mint produces 8.2 billion pennies per year (as of 2006), but only 1.5 billion nickels. So, the magnitude of the problem is far less.

posted on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 6:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

if someone bought a item for 1.28, how would they get the two cents back?

posted on Sun, 01/20/2008 - 4:40pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

A) When you bought something that cost $1.28, you'd pay $1.30. When you bought something that cost $1.32, you'd pay $1.30. It all evens out.

B) 2 cents is such a small amount that already people don't care about it -- they drop extra pennies in the "Take A Penny / Leave A Penny" jar, rather than deal with the near-worthless coin.

posted on Wed, 01/23/2008 - 9:13am
The Voice's picture
The Voice says:

Two cents adds up.

posted on Mon, 02/04/2008 - 6:24pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Except it doesn't. Half the time you pay two cents; half the time you gain two cents. It all evens out.

posted on Fri, 04/24/2009 - 6:07pm
Mest up's picture
Mest up says:

If we get rid of them the ones left will become collectibles.
Stop producing them!

posted on Sat, 01/26/2008 - 3:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think we should keep the us penny because we need to keep the history of the president that we had help free the slaves

posted on Mon, 02/11/2008 - 5:17pm
BB's picture
BB says:

KEEP THE PENNY!!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 02/12/2008 - 8:49am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yes and no if we get rid of it it might cut down expenses but then its what makes america

posted on Tue, 02/12/2008 - 9:11am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

WOW!!! Alot of you people can not spell. AS for my penny thought, i think we should get rid of it. Yes it holds history, and yes it is awesome, but it is a inconvience. Very much so, the thought that it takes more then a penny, to make a penny, is dumb. We hear how "inflated" the nation is becoming, but we decide to spend 1.4 cents to make one cent. does that REALLY make sense? of course not, maybe if we start to use our heads, we wont be so inflated. Think about it, it may hold history, but we have problems going on and we need to get rid of as many problems as we can, and maybe by doing this tings might get just a little bit better.

posted on Mon, 02/25/2008 - 10:56am
Joe's picture
Joe says:

Commenting on spelling in a blog is not cool. And the pot shouldn't call the kettle black...

posted on Mon, 02/25/2008 - 5:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think we should keep the penny because i agree its a peice of history and if your tossing out the penny mise well toss out all the history on pennys. like Abraham lincoln was on the penny and so wasnt the lincoln memorial. See so we should not throw out the penny.

KEEP THE PENNY OR TOSS OUT HISTORY ITS YOUR CHOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 03/04/2008 - 5:53pm
linda vang's picture
linda vang says:

I think that the penny should be very worthful because every cent is worth with everything!

posted on Wed, 03/05/2008 - 12:36pm
dakota's picture
dakota says:

i think we should keep the penny, because theres alot of history on the penny and if you throw out the penny you mise well throw out history.

posted on Fri, 03/07/2008 - 4:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I don't think we should keep the penny because hardly anyone uses it.

posted on Tue, 04/01/2008 - 12:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

YES

posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 9:55am
Jordan Paige Mars ,14's picture
Jordan Paige Mars ,14 says:

pennys are pretty they are very shiny =] i like them i think abe lincoln is ugly tho so they should put marrilynn monroe instead =]

posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 11:03am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

pennys are pretty and shiny .i love them they make me happy... it is fun when i exchange a quarter for a penny it is not shiny.. sumtimes it turns green hahahaha jk pennys rox!

posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 11:05am
Phairen's picture
Phairen says:

yes,Because it is gust a penny.

posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 1:16pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

keep it keep it

posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 1:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

dood the penny is a peace of junk you cant do anything with it just takes up room in my pocket "LONG LIVE THE NICKLE"

posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 1:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it should not go i luv the penny

posted on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 8:32am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

make out of something else!

posted on Thu, 04/10/2008 - 7:18pm
annimefreak's picture
annimefreak says:

right now the economy is so bad we should collect precious metal such as pennies

posted on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 5:16am
Tactical's picture
Tactical says:

There seem to be too many people who want to keep the one cent coin to ever get rid of it. I have seen interviews with PR reps from the U.S. Mint who say as long as there is demand they will produce the coin. It seems the only practical thing to do is 1) Mint less one cent coins. (I think it is fair to assume there is no shortage of pennies around). 2) Mint them out of steel. ( It's the assigned value of the coin that we use as currency - not the value of metal ).

posted on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 12:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The penny should go. It only clutters up your pockets and checkbooks. They cost more to make then they are worth. Plus, nothing costs a penny anymore. The cost of zinc and copper are going up very fast. Every 9 billion pennys they make they lose 67.5 million dollars. The penny is practilly worthless. It costs 1.3 cents to make and you can use it for 1 cent. :) "o"

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:35am
travisdfjhidbcbh's picture
travisdfjhidbcbh says:

what is wrong with the penny keep it

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:36am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The penny is worthless if only the goverment will agree . Look my class is doing a project so vote please asap this will really help our class make the right chose GET RID OF THE PENNY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:36am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Can we really get rid of the lincoln penny right before its centennial? That's just wrong! Long live the penny!!!

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:36am
brunettehead's picture
brunettehead says:

Keep the penny!!!!
Why should you get rid of it???!!!
Everything will round up, and that will add up, costing you hundreds of dollars a year/munth (depending on how much you shop)!!!
You may think it is a bother to have a pocket full of them.......
BUT DO YOU WANT TO PAY MORE FOR STUUUUUUUUUUFFFFFFFF!!!!!

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:37am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

No, half the things you buy would round down.

posted on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 7:58pm
Noor's picture
Noor says:

I think the old stupid penny should retire because nothing is worth it

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:37am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it honors the president so dont get rid of it

posted on Tue, 03/09/2010 - 9:01am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

`I love the penny. It is awsome. (:=

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:38am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

We should save the penny! Its a part of our american history, getting rid of it would be like getting rid of our past. Also, taxes would most likely go up. It would be senseless to think it'd go down. What about 99 cents stores? It'd round up to 1$,we'd be paying more and more if it gets eleminated

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:39am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

And if your bill came to $1.01, it would be rounded down. It all evens out.

posted on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 9:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

THE PENNY IS USELESS! We should get rid of it! Lincol has the 5 dollar bill and the lincoln memorial! RETIRE THE PENNY!

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:40am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

we should keep the penny. give me one good reason to get rid of it! what about the things that are $3.99? you pay $4.00 and what are you supposed to get for change? a penny! keep the penny!

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 11:44am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Previous comments have listed many good reasons. It costs more to make than it is worth. It is essentially useless -- you can't buy anything with one penny. And it clutters up our lives and our pockets.

If something cost $4.01, you'd only pay $4.00, and thus get your penny back.

posted on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 9:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Ya and what can you buy with a dime?

posted on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 10:41am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The penny is awsome! Never take it away. Long live the penny! (:= (:

posted on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 2:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think that we should not get rid of the penny because if we did then everything would round up to the nearest 5 cents and the americans would spend an average of 600 million more dollars a year

posted on Wed, 05/07/2008 - 8:34am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

No, half the things would round down to the nearest 5 cents, and we'd end up spending exactly the same.

posted on Wed, 05/07/2008 - 2:46pm

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