Where's George?

Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by Detecto92, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Detecto92

    Detecto92 Well-Known Member

    Do any of you guys participate in where's george? It's an online site to track bills by serial number.
     
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  3. wheatydigger

    wheatydigger Member

    Ive only found one so far, but I spent it like it is meant to be used. I do have a friend who's found 2 or 3 of them and kept them.
     
  4. W5WMW

    W5WMW Radio Station W5WMW

    Long before coming to CT. Please spend them after entering.
     
  5. krispy

    krispy krispy

    As a paper money collector this sounds very intriguing. Do you have a link to this online bill tracking site. How does one participate?
     
  6. gboulton

    gboulton 7070 56.98 pct complete

    http://www.wheresgeorge.com/

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    t's fascinating, imo.
     
  7. ikandiggit

    ikandiggit Currency Error Collector

    http://www.cointalk.com/t200716/
     
  8. urbanchemist

    urbanchemist US/WORLD CURRENCY JUNKIE

    its fine as long as they dont deface the bill by putting a stamp on the note or writing on it.
     
  9. Mark14

    Mark14 Star Wide Receiver

    it is rare to find a wheres george note that does not have a stamp or writing on it.
     
  10. jensenbay

    jensenbay Well-Known Member

    I did, a lot, years ago. I still enter some new bills once in a while and enter ones that I find. At one time, I marked star notes. I know better now. I only mark spenders now. It's neat to see where they go.
     
  11. tbudwiser

    tbudwiser Active Member

    I'm surprised you have never heard of WG. There's practically always a conversation on CT about WG...

     
  12. tbudwiser

    tbudwiser Active Member

    I was a fan and a user of WG until one day I found a collectible bill that someone stamped WG. I have also heard stories and read threads on WG of people who purposely set out to find highly collectible bills and stamp them all up.:eek: :mad:This is upsetting for people like me who strap search because those stamps can really destroy and kind of value that a collectible bill may have. I think that the people of WG that set out do that are ignorant and I am not interested in hanging around that type, nor would I last a week on that forum with people purposely and happily destroying old and star bills.
     
  13. Soylent

    Soylent Guest

    Georgers are hardly ignorant. There is an active Swap/Sell thread on the website. Fancy serials, older bills and stars are posted and offered to anyone who might be interested in adding them to a collection.

    ""I have also heard stories and read threads on WG of people who purposely set out to find highly collectible bills and stamp them all up.""

    Please cite a source other than hearsay.
     
  14. tbudwiser

    tbudwiser Active Member

    I'm not going to name out any names or cite any sources. I've read WG threads about people stamping 1963A $100's and stuff like that, I have seen it with my own 2 eyes. Not all "Georgers" are ignorant, just a good handful of them that seem to want to ruin perfectly good and highly valuable notes. While I have never personally seen a thread with a highly valuable bill, I have heard stories from other CT members on here who were banned from the site that heard of brand new CHCU old bills being stamped and spent, entire 100 straps of $1's from the '80s including Web notes being stamped and spent... It all just really sickens me and this is why I no longer chose to support WG. Isn't it a Federal offense to deface US paper currency anyways? I'm pretty sure that it is. Now if the CT member who told me thsoe stories wants to join in on this conversation, he can and he can probably give you more detailed information on some of the things he has seen stamped and ruined by "Georgers".

    -tbud
     
  15. Detecto92

    Detecto92 Well-Known Member


    Only if you deface it to the point it can't be spent. Like lighting it on fire or running it through a paper shredder. You can draw a big smiley face on the dollar bill. As long as it can be spent, your OK.

    Last month I stamped about 20 one dollar bills with a number I made. Although I don't think I will ever see them again, it would be kinda cool to get them back in change one day.
     
  16. Soylent

    Soylent Guest

    While I have never personally seen a thread with a highly valuable bill, I have heard stories from other CT members on here who were banned from the site that heard of brand new CHCU old bills being stamped and spent.....



    Failure to cite an example or source indicates a lack of credibility. Opinions are like noses, everybody has one.

    Wheres George users are required to enter each bill manually. There are no shortcuts.

    Entering a bill requires verifying the series and serial number. Bills earlier than 1963 cannot be entered.

    Wheres George users look at any note very closely, much more closely than the general public would.

    The Collector Forum is full of terrific finds from circulation or banks. WG members swap and sell notes that are valuable.

    Calling Georgers "ignorant" is not accurate. As a group they have saved thousands of collectible notes.

    I have entered over 43K worth of currency since 2002. That is a piddling amount since the top users have entered hundreds of thousands of notes.

    I have a binder full of old style 5s, 10s , 20s and star $2s with leading zeros that I would never stamp with WHERES GEORGE.COM.

    Most WG users would never stamp such bills. The general public is much more likely to mark ,scribble a name or some other website on a bill with any value.


    Examples of what the general public does with currency:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=funn...&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBoQ_AUoAQ&biw=851&bih=461

    You can speculate all you want but do you have any proof?
     
  17. I received this note from IguanaGirl, a "Where's George" member. She sold it to me at face.

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  18. tbudwiser

    tbudwiser Active Member

    That is a nice bill that came from a nice person. However, I'm afraid that you are missing my point. Some "Georgers" purposely set out to stamp collectible bills. I can't seem to find the threads but when I do, be sure I will post them here to prove my point. Not all "Gerorgers" are ignorant just as not all of them are decent.

    -tbud

     
  19. CamaroDMD

    CamaroDMD Supporter! Supporter

    I personally find that hard to believe. Part of the WG hobby is not to ruin another hobby, they just want to track bills. Bills with unique serial numbers are more interesting I suppose...but that doesn't mean they stamp them to "ruin" the bill...it's because it's more interesting.
     
  20. tbudwiser

    tbudwiser Active Member

    Find it hard to believe all you want but it's true. It may be "more interesting" to someone who literally considers themself a "Georger", but to me it is highly offensive and extremely ignorant. I've seen $100's from 1963's series that are stamped. I would have collected that; but no, someone just had to ink it all up so it could be "more interesting", yet worth nothing over face value simply because the stamp. I say stamp regular money, but why stamp collectible bills when you know people collect them?

    I can tell where this conversation is heading, so let me know you guys some time. It may be their bill, and in their mind, they may be able to do what they want with it, but not in the governments eyes. Writing on a bill without the intent to check it for legitimacy is "defacing US currency" which is a Federal offense and while the government will never do anything about it most likely, it is still a law of this nation and it should be respeced like a law of this nation.

    -tbud

     
  21. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Where's George? Where the devil is Waldo?..........
     
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