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(, Thu 4 Mar 2010, 13:56)
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To whoever it concerns:
99p, or anything ending in the aforementioned sum, is the most annoying thing ever created. I'd rather pay the extra penny and not have to carry around pennies all the time. I know the idea is that people see the start of the number and not the decimals, but seriously? Up to the .00, I guarantee most people will be happy to pay it.

(, Tue 9 Mar 2010, 19:36, 11 replies)
There may be a problem with this
Due to stock management systems, the smallest amount that can be put onto a price is 1p* - which would bring it up to the .00 you're hankering for. However, that 1p would accrue tax - meaning it was actually 1.175p - which would be rounded up to 2p, due to the aforementioned stock systems, bringing your .00 up to .01. So instead of having 1p to carry around, you'd have - in the best-case scenario - a 50p, two 20ps, a 5p, and two 2ps.

*I have no idea if this is actually true. It might be, which is good enough for me.

EDIT: I have a perfect solution! If you're happy to pay an extra penny in order to not have to carry a penny around, simply *leave the penny they give you on the counter*. You're a penny down, but no penny to carry - and the till-monkey has doubled their wage (probably). Everyone wins.
(, Tue 9 Mar 2010, 19:48, closed)
Isn't it strange how it's always 99p
They manage to set that perfectly easily… There's no technological restriction here, M&S made the change to round prices a while ago and it was a resounding success.
(, Tue 9 Mar 2010, 20:48, closed)
it's because people see
£15.99 and think, oooh, £15, bargain. instead of £16? rip-off cunt merchants. or something like that.

what they SHOULD do is to make a £0.99p coin. penny problem solved!
(, Tue 9 Mar 2010, 19:51, closed)
They did consider it once
Can't remember where I read that, probably an old Beeb Magazine article online.
(, Tue 9 Mar 2010, 20:24, closed)
It was an election pledge
of the monster raving loonie party. In 2004, I think.
(, Tue 9 Mar 2010, 20:49, closed)
Currency should be binary-ised. A pound should consist of 128 pennies, and then 64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2 and 1 pence coins should be issued. You don't even need to stop thinking in base 10. After all, decimalisation went over without any hitches or confusion on behalf of the great British Public; this is just the logical next step.

No more 99p prices ever*

*disclaimer: not responsible for any prices that may end in .127
(, Tue 9 Mar 2010, 23:12, closed)
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How many pennies to the pound?
(, Thu 11 Mar 2010, 0:36, closed)
A friend told me,
it may have worked for the employer. Before the days of electronic tills, there was nothing to stop a shopworker pocketing an entire note. Using the 99p meant the till was needed, thus easier to track any theft.
More likely they think we're dumb enough to see the 9 and not the 10(-0.1) though.
(, Tue 9 Mar 2010, 22:49, closed)

It was even more irritating when we used to have halfpennies too.
(, Wed 10 Mar 2010, 3:39, closed)
They solved this problem in Australia
by getting rid of 1 cent and 2 cent coins. Now everything costs x dollars and 95 cents, which is slightly less annoying.
(, Wed 10 Mar 2010, 10:46, closed)
Nah, not quite.
They still have .99c (.98c, .97c etc) prices, but at POS they just 'round up' (or down) to the nearest .5c.
It is full on, no holds barred, deadset retarded.
(, Thu 11 Mar 2010, 2:13, closed)

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