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September 29, 2012, 05:58:24 AM
Last edit: September 29, 2012, 10:15:08 PM by casascius
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OK, I have an idea.  I want the community to be able to give those gold-foiled chocolate "Casascius Coins" for Halloween this year, and shove them in everybody's stockings for Christmas.  And I guess they do chocolate coins for Hanukkah, of course.

Here is what I have in mind: a "Casascius Bitcoin design" mimicking my coins on the front, and on the back, some sort of zinger like "HONEST MONEY - Gold, Silver, and Bitcoin" on the back, meant to entice someone into at least Googling it.

I want to do a custom run of coins, but I'm not really interested in estimating the demand, reselling them at a markup that no one wants to pay, having them melt or spoil because I wasn't careful enough to store them.  So here is what I want to do:

1. Find one of these chocolate companies that do custom coins and I buy a batch of them for myself.  I will pay the fees to make sure the artwork and dies get done.  I will ask if they will cooperate with my nefarious plans to get them more business:
2. I ask them to keep the die on hand because I plan to send my buddies over to order coins just like me.  I ask them to put the die in a special place, sharpie it with the name Mike Caldwell and not charge any of my friends the $45-per-side creation charge for the custom die.
3. You go to their website and place your own order for chocolate bitcoins, sent directly to you, in the flavor of your choice.

If I do that, each of you could order like 500 of these coins and spam everyone you know IRL with eye-catching and mouth-watering bitcoins, and you wouldn't have to worry about paying for them to be shipped twice.

What say ye?  It looks to me like chocolate coins are maybe in the 0.16 - 0.18 USD range for orders of a few hundred coins.

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September 29, 2012, 05:59:02 AM
Last edit: October 01, 2012, 03:07:19 PM by casascius
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UPDATE: Here is the coin design, which has been optimized with the help of the chocolate company I've been working with to look best on a chocolate coin.



Also, looks like the price will be 0.15 USD regardless of quantity (plus shipping).  There is a minimum order of 500, so that's $75 worth of coins.  They are shipped from Texas, US, and are guaranteed (within the US) to arrive undamaged.  It looks like their lead time is 5 days, so that should be in time to have them long before Halloween.

Here is how to order, best I can tell.

1. Go to http://www.gocandy.com - choose Coins, then choose Chocolate Coins.
2. Choose the foil color, flavor, and quantity you want.
3. For the design, in the category list, choose "Bitcoin".  (They added a section!)
4. Please post in the thread that you ordered, I'm interested to know how many decided to jump on this.

ALSO: if you are put off by the minimum quantity, please post in the thread.  I may be willing to accept prepayment (in BTC) for as few as 100 coins and then place a big order myself and mail them right back out (using USPS Priority Mail, cost $5.15) immediately upon arrival.  You'd have to pay in advance, because I'd want to be able to ship them back out the minute they got here.  Note that when ordering directly from the chocolate company, you get the benefit of them guaranteeing their safe arrival, as well as checking your weather and adding free ice-packing when necessary... I am not in a position to offer that same guarantee and would be forwarding these with zero markup, so just so you're aware, it's at your own risk.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION regarding storage and shelf life:  These should last for 1 year if kept at COOL ROOM TEMPERATURE, do not refrigerate or freeze.  more storage information on their website.

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September 29, 2012, 06:01:29 AM
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I'm in. Great idea.
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September 29, 2012, 06:01:38 AM
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You have my purchase.
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September 29, 2012, 06:04:15 AM
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will i need to ultrasound them to make sure its real chocolate?
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September 29, 2012, 08:50:35 AM
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Good plan, I'm in.
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September 29, 2012, 11:43:15 AM
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I'll take at least 100 if that's about $20.  Maybe more if they look awesome.  I'm gonna be a bitcoin for halloween, so this is perfect for my costume theme Smiley

I probably wouldn't spend more that $50 on this without serious buyin from the boss (wife), haha.  I'll definitely pass them out to kids & see if I can get others to throw down.

I'll check with others this week.

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September 29, 2012, 11:51:05 AM
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I would buy some.

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September 29, 2012, 11:53:24 AM
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September 29, 2012, 12:37:38 PM
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I would order a few hundred.

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September 29, 2012, 01:29:23 PM
Last edit: September 29, 2012, 07:50:53 PM by cbeast
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I would order if it is Fair Trade chocolate.
Because it's for Bitcoin I'll make an exception.

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September 29, 2012, 01:32:12 PM
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if they ship internationally definitely take a bunch.
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September 29, 2012, 02:33:54 PM
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I will invest in these just so that I can get in while they are cheap and then sell them when demand raises the price through the roof.

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September 29, 2012, 04:22:06 PM
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I'd buy some for Hanukkah.

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September 29, 2012, 07:44:42 PM
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I will invest in these just so that I can get in while they are cheap and then sell them when demand raises the price through the roof.

These could be a great addition to the colored bitcoins idea. Flavored bitcoins!

I'm in for $30 at least.  Double that if they accept bitcoins as payment.

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September 29, 2012, 07:48:07 PM
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I'm in.  Hurry, October is almost here.

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September 30, 2012, 04:19:25 PM
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Ordering information has been placed immediately under OP.

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September 30, 2012, 04:49:03 PM
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Order placed, 500 assorted colors.  I'll let you know how it goes.

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September 30, 2012, 04:54:56 PM
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Casascius, I don't have enough adults to give candy to for an order of 500 but I’d be willing to buy somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 if you want to make a large order and divide it out to some of us.

If you want to go on my website and place an order, you can. https://casascius.com

Just place a blank order that consists only of Priority Mail Shipping.  Put in the notes that you want some chocolate coins and how many.  Mine will be gold foil.  Pay $15 worth of BTC (MtGoxLast) per 100 choco coins, plus the listed shipping charge, to the bitcoin address given by my site (unique to your order).  Don't worry - my order system is automatic only to the extent that it prices coins and dispenses bitcoin addresses, but everything else is manual and I will see the request and the extra payment.

I just ordered 2500 myself from gocandy, so I should have mine soon.

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September 30, 2012, 05:05:27 PM
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500 ordered
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