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Dear Italian friends, do you have any advice on how to exchange 500 euro bank note for something more directly usable? Asking for a hungry friend.

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Например на кокаин

 ‎· screamager 13
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You mean exchange it with other bank notes, or with some goods?

 ‎· Brixie 2
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Easiest way is to visit, well, a bank. And hand them the note. Barring that, some big supermarket chains accept 500 euro notes with some ridiculous dance, like showing them your passport and registering you in a special notebook.

 ‎· TODO: feathers 1
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another easy way is going in a mart/supermarket and buy something, usually they have enough cash to give money back

 ‎· Sciack metallurgico 1
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@brixie: with bank notes, or with food and bank notes. At least one of the banks pointed to exchange outlet which asked for 5% commission.

 ‎· псы в рапиде
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@squadette as @sciack said, supermarket can do that. Very small one might refuse, but big supermarket should do it without many problems. I think they'll check the 500 euro bill very well because I've heard they're phasing out 500 and 200€ notes, so they'll make sure they are not fake. Also, I think it would be reasonable to spend a little more than 2 euro, with this purpose in mind :-)

 ‎· Brixie 3
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@brixie: Thanks!

 ‎· псы в рапиде
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закат Европы.

 ‎· lieu 1
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In Amsterdam, I had to visit a bank in that situation. They don't have personal available without an appointment. Thanks to my friend, we deposited the banknote to an ATM and withdrew smaller banknotes. It was a shit show.

 ‎· fsniper 5
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@lieu закат наличных.

 ‎· Taivo Lints 3
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semi-legal tender.

 ‎· dixi 3
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A Tobacco shop exchanges a 500 with no question. In a bank or in a big supermarket the employee will ask you for a document

 ‎· MisterQ
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Many of my guests here in Paris have the same issue, they come with 500 euro bills that nobody (really, NOBODY, not even banks) exchanges. I would suggest a supermarket, I would say they always have cash, but then again, probably not in the morning, shortly after the opening time.

 ‎· MayaBastanza 3
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That's a huge problem I have especially with Argentinian guests: they often don't own a credit card and as I work in a hostel, the full amount of the stay sometimes doesn't even reach 100€ so when they take out those big bills from the wallet we usually react as we had seen the devil incarnate. So, yeah, I see where your friend has some trouble. Did he/she manage to exchange it (and, most importantly, EAT)?

 ‎· MayaBastanza 2
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Funny, I've just stumbled upon a mail thread at work where a guy wonders if he'll have any problems paying with 1k CHF bills in Switzerland. Answered with “I've witnessed pensioners buying bread with 1000CHF in Migros (a local supermarket chain).”

 ‎· другой поменбше 1
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@maya_bastanza: they have very limited usage of cards in Argentina. You can't buy something cheaper than 5 USD with a card because of fixed commission. And you basically can't withdraw cash being outside of business areas. There are just no ATMs around, even in banks. You should take a queue and wait for about an hour or more to speak with a manager and get your cash. Weird.

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