Originally Posted by Kobal2
True enough, but that's not what I'm talking about either. Check the price per kilo. That will never be rounded down when the money itself changes. Whether the cashier/manager opts to let you off on a handful of pennies here and there, particularly on large purchases, is another thing altogether.
I'm not sure I follow what you're getting at.
The advertised price doesn't change - if you go to the supermarket here, you'll see (for example) jars of jam for $2.87. If you were to pay for it via EFTPOS or Credit Card, you'd be charged $2.87 for it. If you paid cash for it, the price would be rounded down to $2.85 (since there's no 1 or 2c pieces anymore). I don't recall advertised prices changing when 1 and 2c pieces were done away with, either.
Then again, Australia (and NZ, and, I believe, the UK) have far stronger consumer protection laws than the US, from what I gather, which might have something to do with it.
Originally Posted by rogerbox
I'm an American in asia as we speak, and you regularly are asked for the equivelent of (according to google) 0.00589625 U.S. dollars to make the change a nice round number, so no, it is not an especially American tradition to be hyper anal about pricing.
I've visited parts of South-East Asia and been asked the same thing, but it appeared to me to have more do with with the shop staff not being great with maths (I saw people using calculators to work out fairly simply things like how much change should be given from RM25 for an item that cost RM18.20, for example).