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Zimbabwe just can’t win. After escaping hyperinflation by adopting the US dollar in 2009, the country is struggling to deal with such an expensive single unit of currency. This is a problem when they don’t have any US coins.NYT’s Lydia Polgreen describes their informal credit and barter system:
Zimbabweans have devised a variety of solutions to get around the change problem, none of them entirely satisfactory. At supermarkets, impulse purchases have become almost compulsory. When the total is less than a dollar, the customer is offered candy, a pen or matches to make up the difference. Some shops offer credit slips, a kind of scrip that has begun to circulate here.
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