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Money Counting Jar
Digital Coin Counting Money Jar
Member Name: k2705
Digital Coin Counting Money Jar
Advantages: A nice novel way to save money
Disadvantages: It doesnt work! It doesn't count accuratly and it's far too expensive
I think at Christmas everyone gets a present that is a bit odd and a bit random, well this year that present for me and my fiancé was a Coin Counting Money Jar, something we had not asked for and something which I'm not too sure what we will do with. Anyway we thought as we had it we could give it a try, we do have a big bottle which we save pennies and 5p's in (rather than them being left laying around the house) we did think that if the jar worked maybe we could use it for that, then we would not have to sit and count them all. However after a trial run with the jar, it is now back in its box.
The Money Counting Jar comes in a white square box, on the lid is a large red pound sign and the words Coin Counting Money Jar (written in red) and the digital LCD display (written on black) this information is repeated on 2 sides of the box. Just below this writing is a large picture of the jar inside the box, the picture is very accurate compared to the item which is inside. Right at the bottom of the box is a picture of a red globe and some red swirls, I'm not too sure how this fits in with the actual product. This is also repeated on another side of the box. The following 2 sides of the box contain a small amount of information about the money counting jar, the same pound sign logo and name of the product is written on towards the top of the box as with the other 2 sides, just below is a small paragraph about the jar stating that this "ingenious" devise electronically counts your money as you deposit it into the jar. It also describes how the LCD screen on the top displays the amount of money that has been put into the jar. It is also described as being ideal for both use in the home and the office. Underneath this description of the product are 2 more pictures one showing a hand putting a coin into the jar and the second showing both the slot the coins go into and the LCD display. Written in small writing right at the bottom of the box it says "require 2 x AA batteries not included) That is basically it for the packaging the jar comes in, it is quite plain and simple, there is not actually packaging inside the box to protect the jar it is just sat inside the box, although it does fit quite tightly so is unlikely to move around and get broken, there was also a small piece of paper inside the box, these are the instructions and quite basic demonstrating how to insert the batteries, how to reset the counter and also informing you to insert each coin slowly so counting our large jar of coins was going to be a slow process possibly.
The jar itself is of a reasonable size measuring 16cm high including the lid and about 11cm across so should you wish to save using the jar you would be able to fit quite a lot of coins in it. The main part of the jar is made of totally clear plastic, this feels quite strong and solid and clearly shows you what is inside the jar. The lid is made from silver coloured plastic, it has a white cover on the bottom of it which covers up the battery compartment (this cannot be seen when the lid is on) The lid screws on and off and is very simple to remove. The lid has a raised area which has the coin slot in the middle of it, this is big enough to fit all sized coins, just above this is the LCD display which shows how much money you have in the jar, this is very clear and easy to read. The jar has a very simple appearance, but I was hoping it was going to be successful and save me counting all the coins we had saved.
I decided to sit down and try the jar out one day, I counted out a few pounds worth of coins and started to insert them into the jar. I know counting the coins first defeats the object of the jar but I wanted to know whether it was accurate or not. Firstly I insert 2 AA batteries into the compartment located on the underside of the lid, this was easy to do and the cover of the compartment was very easy to remove and replace, I slowly inserted the coins into the coin slot on top of the jar as instructed and was pleased to see that after a few coins it was correctly adding up the amount. However a few more coins later |I noticed that as I inserted a 5p it only counted it as a 1p, this happened on several occasions meaning that the coin counter was not as accurate as I had thought it was going to be, I found myself having to either start again or unscrew the lid and adjust the amount of coins in it to make the total correct. After a while I had had to make so many adjustments where the coin jar had incorrectly I gave up with it, the time I spent correcting the jar could have been spent counting the money straight from my glass jar I had been using.
As I have mentioned this was a Christmas present but I have since looked the jar up online and found that it can be bought from several sites such as Find Me A Gift and Amazon and the prices range between £5.99 and £7.99, personally I think this is very over priced and a lot of money for this item, especially as it is not overly accurate when it comes to counting coins. Personally I would not pay this amount of money for this item.
Unfortunately I was not too impressed with our Digital Coin Counting Jar, it was a nice idea had it worked and actually counted the coins correctly, I spent far too much time having to correct the jar so that the coins inside matched what the LCD display showed. On the plus side the jar did accept all sized coins and was of a decent size, it would be able to hold a reasonable amount of money. However despite these points the jar was over priced I definitely would not pay this amount of money for and it did not really do what it said it would. The jar may be a better gift for children as it may be a novelty for them to insert the coins in the jar and watch it add up how much is inside it, and although it is a simple design it is not unattractive, but for adults who would actually want it to work and accurately count the money inside it is not the most ideal product to buy.
Summary: Not worth the money!
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