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May 14, 2013, 03:48:46 AM
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I finally have my first run of generic aluminum Casascius Coins that I expect I will be bringing to the conference.  These are pretty much the only coins I plan to bring.

These are meant to be low-cost physical bitcoins that can be used as restaurant tips and such.  The coins have no bitcoin value or denomination - they simply have a blank back - you add your own private key, promotional message, or whatever you want, by printing your own sticker.  Sooner rather than later, an open source program will allow you to print your own private keys on labels which you can stick on yourselves.  The front says Strength In Numbers BTC Bitcoin.  I have them as bare aluminum, and then anodized in several colors.

They are larger than my other coin products, but also lighter in weight in a rather obvious manner.  They are 1.5 inches in diameter.

I will have 80,000 of them.  They come in boxes of 5,000.  I am guessing there's a likely possibility I could sell them all.  I anticipate them retailing for no more than the equivalent of 0.50 USD each.

Ideally I would like to just sell them by the box to whoever might already be running a vendor booth there.  I don't see myself wanting to run around selling coin products, my reason for being there is to meet people and participate.

The purpose of this thread is to gather ideas and suggestions for how I might sell them.  Are you running a vendor booth and would you like to carry these?

Companies claiming they got hacked and lost your coins sounds like fraud so perfect it could be called fashionable.  I never believe them.  If I ever experience the misfortune of a real intrusion, I declare I have been honest about the way I have managed the keys in Casascius Coins.  I maintain no ability to recover or reproduce the keys, not even under limitless duress or total intrusion.  Remember that trusting strangers with your coins without any recourse is, as a matter of principle, not a best practice.  Don't keep coins online. Use paper or hardware wallets instead.
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May 14, 2013, 04:43:02 AM
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Wait so you're selling 5000 for 0.5?  

Might not be a bad idea to list an auction on here or sell them to users of bitcointalk, would love to fill a swimming pool with those Wink.

Very nice looking, I have to say that I prefer "Vires in Numeris"  over "strength in numbers" though.

Best of luck with the sales and have fun at the conference Smiley

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May 14, 2013, 04:46:18 AM
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Way cool.

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May 14, 2013, 01:26:35 PM
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Are you going to sell this in your website?
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May 24, 2013, 09:46:22 PM
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These are now available for ordering and are listed on my website.

I have also lowered my price for FedEx international shipping and added FedEx overnight shipping within the US, as I now have a FedEx account and am able to get more favorable rates.

Companies claiming they got hacked and lost your coins sounds like fraud so perfect it could be called fashionable.  I never believe them.  If I ever experience the misfortune of a real intrusion, I declare I have been honest about the way I have managed the keys in Casascius Coins.  I maintain no ability to recover or reproduce the keys, not even under limitless duress or total intrusion.  Remember that trusting strangers with your coins without any recourse is, as a matter of principle, not a best practice.  Don't keep coins online. Use paper or hardware wallets instead.
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May 24, 2013, 09:51:30 PM
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But does it fit into supermarket carts?
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May 24, 2013, 10:50:05 PM
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Wait so you're selling 5000 for 0.5?  

Might not be a bad idea to list an auction on here or sell them to users of bitcointalk, would love to fill a swimming pool with those Wink.

Very nice looking, I have to say that I prefer "Vires in Numeris"  over "strength in numbers" though.

Best of luck with the sales and have fun at the conference Smiley

No, no, no - NOT a swimming pool.

You want to build a big, square vault-like thing, with one huge coin mounted on one exterior wall.  Then you fill the vault with these coins and dive in - just like Uncle Scrooge.

Hmmm.  A Casascius coin, twenty feet in diameter.  How cool would that be?

Dankedan: price seems low, time to sell I think...
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May 24, 2013, 10:58:17 PM
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Wait so you're selling 5000 for 0.5?  

Might not be a bad idea to list an auction on here or sell them to users of bitcointalk, would love to fill a swimming pool with those Wink.

Very nice looking, I have to say that I prefer "Vires in Numeris"  over "strength in numbers" though.

Best of luck with the sales and have fun at the conference Smiley

No, no, no - NOT a swimming pool.

You want to build a big, square vault-like thing, with one huge coin mounted on one exterior wall.  Then you fill the vault with these coins and dive in - just like Uncle Scrooge.

Hmmm.  A Casascius coin, twenty feet in diameter.  How cool would that be?
It's not a liquid!

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Wait so you're selling 5000 for 0.5?  

Might not be a bad idea to list an auction on here or sell them to users of bitcointalk, would love to fill a swimming pool with those Wink.

Very nice looking, I have to say that I prefer "Vires in Numeris"  over "strength in numbers" though.

Best of luck with the sales and have fun at the conference Smiley

No, no, no - NOT a swimming pool.

You want to build a big, square vault-like thing, with one huge coin mounted on one exterior wall.  Then you fill the vault with these coins and dive in - just like Uncle Scrooge.

Hmmm.  A Casascius coin, twenty feet in diameter.  How cool would that be?
It's not a liquid!

It's a liquid if you're a duck.

Dankedan: price seems low, time to sell I think...
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Wait so you're selling 5000 for 0.5? 

Might not be a bad idea to list an auction on here or sell them to users of bitcointalk, would love to fill a swimming pool with those Wink.

Very nice looking, I have to say that I prefer "Vires in Numeris"  over "strength in numbers" though.

Best of luck with the sales and have fun at the conference Smiley

No, no, no - NOT a swimming pool.

You want to build a big, square vault-like thing, with one huge coin mounted on one exterior wall.  Then you fill the vault with these coins and dive in - just like Uncle Scrooge.

Hmmm.  A Casascius coin, twenty feet in diameter.  How cool would that be?
It's not a liquid!

It's a liquid if you're a duck.

That's the wrong duck test!
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May 25, 2013, 12:58:11 AM
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I heard a rumor these are going to start showing up in orders shipped from a well known Bitcoin store.
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I heard a rumor these are going to start showing up in orders shipped from a well known Bitcoin store.

Oooo!  And I need a new motherboard for Qubes...

Dankedan: price seems low, time to sell I think...
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May 25, 2013, 05:32:25 AM
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I heard a rumor these are going to start showing up in orders shipped from a well known Bitcoin store.

They were going to,  but somehow they got lost durring the final packing up from the convention.

Sad

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Personally I can't think of anything sillier then making 'physical' crypto-coins, it's just such a throwback, a person has to be a real metal-bug with no idea how cryptography works to even find the idea attractive.

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I saw some Cassascius coins made of gold and silver and I wondered them.
However I consider making physical bitcoins of aluminum as a very bad idea, because it would create the impression that bitcoin is something of less value.
It should be at least made of brass. Even iron is much better than aluminum.
Aluminum is very harmful for the health and would create also the impression that bitcoins are also harmful.
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/concerned-about-aluminum-dangers/
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780444508119500276
Aluminum exposure is causing Alzheimer and you will forget the passphrase for your brain wallet but of course they are more important health concerns also.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminium#Health_concerns
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer%27s_disease#Prevention
Dementia is also a major risk by low levels of aluminum in the brain
http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=102

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I saw some Cassascius coins made of gold and silver and I wondered them.
However I consider making physical bitcoins of aluminum as a very bad idea, because it would create the impression that bitcoin is something of less value.
It should be at least made of brass. Even iron is much better than aluminum.
Aluminum is very harmful for the health and would create also the impression that bitcoins are also harmful.
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/concerned-about-aluminum-dangers/
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780444508119500276
Aluminum exposure is causing Alzheimer and you will forget the passphrase for your brain wallet but of course they are more important health concerns also.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminium#Health_concerns
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer%27s_disease#Prevention
Dementia is also a major risk by low levels of aluminum in the brain
http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=102


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May 25, 2013, 06:58:14 PM
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They were going to,  but somehow they got lost durring the final packing up from the convention.
That's disappointing. I wonder where that box ended up.
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They were going to,  but somehow they got lost durring the final packing up from the convention.
That's disappointing. I wonder where that box ended up.
Inaba's new quarters.
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Bought a couple of bags, time to fund them with 0.01 and hand them out to pretty much everyone.
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Bought a couple of bags, time to fund them with 0.01 and hand them out to pretty much everyone.
Have you started already? Wink
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