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27th Jun '16 12:42:15 PM Willbyr
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See also RidiculousFutureInflation. Compare AstronomicalExchangeRate.

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See also RidiculousFutureInflation. Compare AstronomicalExchangeRate.\n
27th Jun '16 12:41:42 PM Willbyr
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[[caption-width:238:[[TruthInTelevision Zimbabwe's $100 billion banknote with the amount of goods it could purchase on its release date.]]]]

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27th Jun '16 12:41:28 PM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:250:The proceeds from [[AustinPowers Doctor Evil's]] latest scheme didn't go as far as he had hoped.]]

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[[caption-width-right:250:The proceeds from [[AustinPowers Doctor Evil's]] latest scheme didn't go as far as he had hoped.]]
[[caption-width:238:[[TruthInTelevision Zimbabwe's $100 billion banknote with the amount of goods it could purchase on its release date.]]]]


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26th Jun '16 10:20:58 PM lavendermintrose
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-->-- ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa''

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-->-- ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa''
''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa''[[note]] Regarding the German Mark - see ''Real Life - Europe'' below.[[/note]]
17th Jun '16 11:16:54 AM DastardlyDemolition
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** The North Korean [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korean_won Won]] lost even more value in 2009, largely due to the ill-advised financial reform that ignored ''all'' knowledge about how money works, even in a socialist command economy. Long story short, the government revalued the Won, chopping the two zeroes off it, but at the same time it instituted huge wage hikes to illustrate the nation's "prosperity". This would inflate the currency even in the most strictly controlled planned economy, but North Korea actually has a huge and poorly controlled black market, where normal economic mechanisms are at work, so the new Won dropped almost to the pre-reform value basically overnight.\

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** The North Korean [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korean_won Won]] lost even more value in 2009, largely due to the ill-advised financial reform that ignored ''all'' knowledge about how money works, even in a socialist command economy. Long story short, the government revalued the Won, chopping the two zeroes off it, but at the same time it instituted huge wage hikes to illustrate the nation's "prosperity". This would inflate the currency even in the most strictly controlled planned economy, but North Korea actually has a huge and poorly controlled black market, where normal economic mechanisms are at work, so the new Won dropped almost to the pre-reform value basically overnight.\
24th May '16 8:23:25 PM nombretomado
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** While living costs are ridiculously low compared to developed countries (a KFC meal set consisted of a wing, a riceball, and a cup of Pepsi will cost you US$0.9), prices of imported goods varies from cheaper ($45 for a brand-new PS3 game, roughly half of locally mandated minimum monthly wage) to highway robbery ($1000 for an iPhone 4 ''on contract'') .

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** While living costs are ridiculously low compared to developed countries (a KFC meal set consisted of a wing, a riceball, and a cup of Pepsi will cost you US$0.9), prices of imported goods varies from cheaper ($45 for a brand-new PS3 [=PS3=] game, roughly half of locally mandated minimum monthly wage) to highway robbery ($1000 for an iPhone 4 ''on contract'') .
18th May '16 3:09:31 PM nombretomado
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** Because of the parity during its airing, an episode of ''CSINewYork'' had the discovery of a bag containing 250,000 Canadian dollars. As this was the same amount in US dollars, no-one made a joke.

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** Because of the parity during its airing, an episode of ''CSINewYork'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' had the discovery of a bag containing 250,000 Canadian dollars. As this was the same amount in US dollars, no-one made a joke.
14th May '16 3:23:15 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In the ''{{Timeline-191}}'' series, the Confederate States of America win the Civil War and remain their own country, but then lose the world's equivalent of World War I. This causes Confederate banknotes to rapidly decrease in value, to the point where people have to race to spend any money they get their hands on before prices rise again. It takes a few years to get the economy under control again, by which time the banks had started printing one billion dollar notes (now rendered worthless themselves by federal decree, not that anyone would be able to give change for them anyway). At one point in the economic collapse, the Hitler Expy jokes about it at a political rally by saying "Bet you a million dollars", then taking a million dollar bill out of his pocket and throwing it away.

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* In the ''{{Timeline-191}}'' ''Literature/Timeline191'' series, the Confederate States of America win the Civil War and remain their own country, but then lose the world's equivalent of World War I. This causes Confederate banknotes to rapidly decrease in value, to the point where people have to race to spend any money they get their hands on before prices rise again. It takes a few years to get the economy under control again, by which time the banks had started printing one billion dollar notes (now rendered worthless themselves by federal decree, not that anyone would be able to give change for them anyway). At one point in the economic collapse, the Hitler Expy jokes about it at a political rally by saying "Bet you a million dollars", then taking a million dollar bill out of his pocket and throwing it away.
8th May '16 8:17:02 AM zarpaulus
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* In ''[[Literature/TakeshiKovacs Broken Angels]]'' Sanction IV's economy is so bad, on account of the nuclear civil war going on, that their Standard Archaeological Find Token (saft) exchanges with the UN Protectorate dollar on a 230 to 1 basis. Kovacs gets a bit riled up when a crime boss offers just five million for a spaceship he'd just stolen, and even more when he says that was in saft, not dollars.
8th May '16 6:04:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in the ''TopGear'' Vietnam special, where the presenters were sent to Vietnam and given 15 million đồng to buy a vehicle (complete with said đồng being delivered to them [[BriefcaseFullOfMoney in shoe boxes full of paper cash]]). The presenters' initial glee at finally being given a reasonable budget for one of these challenges quickly fizzled out when they realized that it equated to about $1,000 US (or £487 in their case).

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* Played with in the ''TopGear'' ''Series/TopGear'' Vietnam special, where the presenters were sent to Vietnam and given 15 million đồng to buy a vehicle (complete with said đồng being delivered to them [[BriefcaseFullOfMoney in shoe boxes full of paper cash]]). The presenters' initial glee at finally being given a reasonable budget for one of these challenges quickly fizzled out when they realized that it equated to about $1,000 US (or £487 in their case).



* One episode of ''SimonAndSimon'' saw the brothers imprisoned in an imaginary Latin American dictatorship, sentenced to pay a hefty fine (something like "a hundred thousand pistartes", or whatever the fake currency was). While in jail, they meet an ex-pat American and relate to them their doubts about paying such a "large" amount. When told about the fine, the ex-pat says, "Guys... that's about fifty bucks!" The brothers Simon are soon out of jail.

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* One episode of ''SimonAndSimon'' ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' saw the brothers imprisoned in an imaginary Latin American dictatorship, sentenced to pay a hefty fine (something like "a hundred thousand pistartes", or whatever the fake currency was). While in jail, they meet an ex-pat American and relate to them their doubts about paying such a "large" amount. When told about the fine, the ex-pat says, "Guys... that's about fifty bucks!" The brothers Simon are soon out of jail.



* WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire: When the show picked up popularity in other countries, it became an ArtifactTitle because of this trope. A bit of controversy happened in certain countries when contestants won the grand prize, only to find out that 1 Million in their own currency resulted in a very comparatively small amount of money (Greece and Portugal changed their top prizes to 250,000; for example.) Contestants were outraged and demanded that they be paid the equivalent of 1 Million US Dollars. Some countries changed their show's title to reflect this outcome, such as "Who Wants To Be a Euro-Millionare".
* On ''ILoveLucy'', Ricky freaks out over Lucy's 1,000 franc spending spree during their trip to France. She reminds him that it's a much smaller amount in U.S. dollars.

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* WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire: Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire: When the show picked up popularity in other countries, it became an ArtifactTitle because of this trope. A bit of controversy happened in certain countries when contestants won the grand prize, only to find out that 1 Million in their own currency resulted in a very comparatively small amount of money (Greece and Portugal changed their top prizes to 250,000; for example.) Contestants were outraged and demanded that they be paid the equivalent of 1 Million US Dollars. Some countries changed their show's title to reflect this outcome, such as "Who Wants To Be a Euro-Millionare".
* On ''ILoveLucy'', ''Series/ILoveLucy'', Ricky freaks out over Lucy's 1,000 franc spending spree during their trip to France. She reminds him that it's a much smaller amount in U.S. dollars.
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