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If you're taking money from a country with deflation then you're doing a microscopic piece of harm to the country by removing money from circulation. In a country with hyperinflation you're doing them a very small favour.


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The question of ethics is generally centered around conflict of interest. An ethical conflict of interest exists when you have an opportunity to do something that will benefit you personally, but will cause problems for a different obligation that exists for you in this context. (For example, a stockbroker who recommends a stock that will earn him a nice ...


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Seigniorage,the difference between the value of money and the cost to produce and distribute it, is usually positive. In the US for example: ╔═════════╦══════╦═════════════╗ ║ Coin ║ Cost ║ Seigniorage ║ ╠═════════╬══════╬═════════════╣ ║ cent ║ 1.7 ║ -0.7 ║ ║ nickel ║ 8 ║ -3 ║ ║ dime ║ 3.9 ║ 6.1 ║ ║ ...


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I once visited a country (I forget which, but it was Spanish-speaking) where there was a shortage of coins for reasons I don't recall. There were signs in many places asking people not to hoard their coins. Of course, that induced me to hoard coins for the duration of our trip. But I made sure to spend most of them before we left, with only a small few for ...


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By asking "is it ethical", I hope you realize that answers will be primarily opinion-based, so here's a counter opinion: Some nations (like China, last time I was there) have laws prohibiting removal of currency from their borders. So, if you knowingly and deliberately removed currency from one of these nations, I'd say that it is, in fact, unethical. Of ...


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There is nothing unethical about keeping your own money. The money you earn is your to spend as you see fit (other than what your government demands you give them in taxes ;-). Lots of travelers keep their leftover coins and currency as souvenirs, as you mentioned, it brings back fond memories. Lots of travelers bag up their leftover currency and coins to ...


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I don't personally think there are any ethical issues with taking change away. One good reason for doing so is to land with a little change next time you visit; I find it quite handy to have a couple of quarters in my pocket when I land in the US, just in case I need to make a small purchase from a vending machine, or a call from a payphone. Visitors to ...



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