When Iraq kicked off, there was very little spare change in theatre (it cost money to move money and obviously notes are cheaper to move than coins) People where getting abit arsey having round up to the nearest dollar everytime they wanted a can of coke. I think it was the yanks who introduced the pogs first as an answer to the problem.
Knowing the EFI/NAAFI they are probably making money out of it because people will change real money (notes) for cardboard being knocked out by some chogie. Then these bits of cardboard get lost/put in the wash/taken back to the UK.
Back on R&R at the moment and my bloody wallet and Cbt Jkt pockets are full of them. Yes, they are in use and a pain in the arse. You never end up using them and the Tp just end up putting them in a tin where at the end of tour we are going to go to the EFI and exchange them. But Ebaying them maybe better.
Well, I'm one of those poor sad people. A Scandinavian but also a member of a British organisation which studies all mediums of exchange, which these pogs are too. They're not as cool as the British Forces' own banknotes were a few decades ago, but still. The pogs are one of the very few official barter money in this century.
By reading what people write, they are cheesy, but I can't really say as I haven't actualy seen one. I've got coins and notes from some godforsaken burrows but none of the pogs. And I don't want to buy them from ebay from someone who has been closest to a uniformed Briton when watching Trooping the Colour from telly.
If someone would like to make a modest deal on a couple of pogs, please drop a note.I can promise that the pogs would end up under glass where people can stare them in exhibits and ask "have these actualy been used somewhere?" and also get (if preferred) name on the an exhib guide's list of people I want to thank.
The choggi wallah in LKG used to swap his POGs with me for real money. So what? I could still spend them in the EFI, he got real money for use out in Lash and my laundry was delivered to my bedspace the same morning. Up to 48h turn around or rooting through 1000 white bags looking for a flash of tag or bottle top? I don't think so!