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Limiting what I enter on TD

Post  Alan From Rochester on Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:39 am

I'll stop stealthing, and cross-entering bills marked with the other site. It pretty much never yields hits anyway. Cross-entering and stealthing works much better over there.
The additional bill entries are good for my score, even considering the hit rate bonus, but it's not worth it now that I'm busier with things besides currency tracking in real life. I've already scaled back my stealthing on either site partially for this reason.
I'll still enter and TD mark as much as I was before.

Sometimes I get frustrated with site downtime, trouble with my home internet connection, or typing in serials on my smartphone. This is an easy way to minimize that aggravation.

Also, when trying to enter on both sites, trouble entering on one also slows down entering on the other, magnifying the technical difficulties.

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Re: Limiting what I enter on TD

Post  Darth Slurpee on Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:45 am

I have adjusted some of my entering, too.

First, I'm setting aside most of the torn bills I get to take back to the bank. While I get the idea of tracking every bill that comes into my possession, I still have a limited number of bills I can spend. If I'm pulling them out of the bank on a regular basis, I figure that it's best to just work with the better looking bills, and that just means the ones that aren't ripped. Frankly, I'm tired of cutting up little strips of tape to fix the torn ones. My time is better spent elsewhere. But that only applies to the ones from the banks.

I've also limited the number of Bens I'm entering. Chicken-marking the lower quality bills, and on bills with a horrifically low hit rate (2.3% for me, anyway), just doesn't make much sense anymore. I've toyed with the idea of going strictly with singles, since I'm going to wind up with a hits/entries rate north of 30% on them, but I haven't gotten there, yet. Both $5s and $10s are giving me a hits/entries rate better than 15%, so that validates the time I'm putting into them.

I've seen the arguments that you should enter every bill you get your hands on — that you shouldn't care about the hits/entries rate. But the hits/entries rate is the gauge of the effectiveness of doing this hobby. And I really have no interest in putting bills with no TrackDollar stamps on them in the system on the infinitesimal chance one of you is going to run across it.

So many dollars in circulation…so little time.
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Re: Limiting what I enter on TD

Post  dctim on Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:26 pm

I've seen all sides of the "arguments" on what to enter and what not to. Some folks only enter brand-new-crispies and swear by the hit rate they generate. Others do everything that comes into their hands. I'm somewhere in the middle.

If I don't like the balance of Atlanta & San Fran branded FRB's in my summary report, I'll skip entering $ 20's on those for days or weeks. It doesn't seem to have a big impact on hit rate with the number of bills I enter. Right now, I'm trying to get my monthly entries back up to 200 (where they were a few years ago).

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Re: Limiting what I enter on TD

Post  Alan From Rochester on Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:31 am

I have a new modem/router and computer, thus less of a practical barrier to entering bills at home.
I'm stealthing and cross-entering a lot of my own again.
I've stopped cross-entering other people's WG-marked bills, if only to not risk trouble with them.
I want to complete a lot of bingos, which leads to entering more otherwise-marginal bills. I love $2s, E(M)S'ing them en masse, sometimes limiting my involvement with other denominations. Since $2s circulate slowly, I avoid using several marked $2s at once, thus I stealth more of those.

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