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Brand new from the roadside LIPPO CIKARANG - It is quite difficult to get them, those new 2,000 Rupiah bank notes. And it gets even more difficult when you want to have a bundle of 100 notes, like they are issued by Bank Indonesia. You would say that bringing a visit to a branch of Bank Indonesia to change these bank notes, but that is not entirely true.

Changing of money - especially the small denominations as change in supermarkets or on markets - can be done at your local bank, but then you will only get the money they have in stock. Bank notes of 1,000 and now also the 2,000 are only available brand new, because the bank notes of 1,000 Rupiah that are received are often too dirty to touch, let alone that the can be counted automatically.

Bank notes of 5,000 Rupiah and higher however are often recirculated, so if you want to have a bundle of brand new notes, you will have to take action yourself. A visit to a brand of Bank Indonesia - on set days and with limited opening hours varying per branch - to change your money there. Often it starts with queuing up early in the morning, because people want to be sure they get the change they need.

This 'queuing' can better be done by someone that received some money for it, a so-called calo. The order as well as the payment including a few percent of commission is discussed with him and later in the day you can pick up your order, ready to go. Indeed it is based on trust, because another way is quite hard to find.

A bundle of 100 bank notes of 2,000 Rupiah as they are sold.  indahnesia.com
A bundle of 100 bank notes of 2,000 Rupiah as they are sold. indahnesia.com

Around this time of year, demand for bank notes is much higher than normal. A bundle of new brand new banknotes - including paper strip - is a wanted present to give away to family members back home in the kampung. To service the masses as quickly as possible, changing money becomes an almost public affair in which the selling party can be found at the road side. In Jakarta you can find these people around the Jakartakota station and the building of the Mandiri Museum accross the street.

Dozens of people are showing their bundles of money. However it may not look that safe, it is purely based on trust here as well. Stop your car and ask someone how much one bundle should cost. Of course you need to negotiate the price, because a 30 percent commission on some new bank notes is a little too much. Eventually you will reach a nice price for your bundle of new bank notes for sure.


Tags: money, new, bundle, rupiah, kota, jakarta, street


Posted in Culture @ 07 September 2009 06:48 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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