Until recently I advocated abolition of the one cent coin. I adore Honest Abe, but pennies were the bane of my existence, and hardly worth gathering to turn in at CoinStar.
I always said, "please keep the penny" when I made a purchase totalling Sumpthing Dollars and Ninety-Nine Cents.
Until the other day.
At the end of a commercial transaction, as the cashier handed over my change, I was dazzled by the flash of the shiny shield of All Things Tiny and Mighty, and I was instantly cured!
"Hey! What's THAT? Oooooo. A superhero shield...wow, that is so much cooler than the Lincoln Memorial that looked like Mister Rogers' trolley..."
It's weird how a redesign has completely flipped my opinion of the lowly penny. But that's how good design works I guess.
Now I try to plan purchases to get back the maximum amount of pennies in change. And I check them all for Abe's Superhero Shield.
Little things can make a big difference, dontcha think?