Change It Back

If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember the coin tray that occupied space beside the cash register in your favourite corner store or café.

Often, after struggling to pick coins up from the counter – difficult, even for the nimble-fingered – I would wistfully long for this handy device.

I was quite pleasantly surprised when I found one still in operation at a local diner.

For those who aren’t familiar with this piece of memorabilia, the tray has a rolled edge, somewhat like a botoxed lip. When you want to pick up your change, you just slide it along the tray, over the edge and into your other hand. Easy and quick. No fumbling, grasping (gasping) or dropping.

Why is something that is so useful, no longer used? If you wish to make your business more accessible, I’d like to suggest that you place one of these beside your cash register. It’s another example of a small change that has a big impact of the customers you serve.

Would you like to see these coin trays put back into circulation?

Does anyone know what they are called, by the way?

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2 Comments to “Change It Back”

  1. Hi Marianna,

    If I ever saw such a thing, I think it had some change in it and I always assumed its purpose was for the store owner/clerk to be able to hand the customer a penny in change easily. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one used where change was being dispensed in it to customers…

    It’s an interesting idea. I have to confess I wouldn’t have known how to use such a dish but now that you are describing how you would use it, I can see its potential usefulness.

    I hope that your wish regarding this change dish comes true (that it starts becoming dispensed and used throughout most of your stores)!

    • Hi Dorlee,

      That’s exactly what it was used for. Sadly, it’s one of those things that is relegated to the last century/millenium.

      I just read about some Google app that allows you to scan an image and then it will give you a name for the image. I think I need to do this so I’ll have a name for this change thing.

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