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I don't have any change, can I give you candy?

Who didn't ever happen, who in some market said, “I don't have any coins, can I give you candy?”

 Money , in its paper currency version, is a fairly new unit of  exchange of values. I would have to look into it a little better, but I would risk asserting that at most it is a nineteenth century invention. 2o years in the history of mankind is quite little. Before, as we all know, work was paid in “spices” (which is a metaphor to say “things”) and a little further, it had been established that the measure of change was salt, very useful for preserving food, that is why it was so valued. In fact, hence comes the word “salary”, which roughly meant “how much salt you have for the service rendered.”

In recent years, let's put the last ten, began to swim the concept of “cryptocurrencies” (the best known is Bitcoin), an issue that makes me feel like a 95-year-old because I never managed to understand how to trade a bitcoin for, let's put, a burger or a couple of stockings. But the Argentines, and here comes the true theme of this column, we are always a step ahead and little by little, without realizing it, we were introducing another  pseudocurrency  that every day gains more followers:  candy. 

Who didn't happen that ever, in some neighborhood market or in a warehouse, they said, “I don't have any coins, can I give you the back in candy?”. I usually accept them, to a large extent, because they are instances where there is usually no choice, but also because I like mint candies, those transparent, hard ones.

So it's something I would have bought anyway and take it almost as an investment. What I never did, but I swear at some point I will, is to put a lot together and go back to the commercial establishment that assigned them currency value and try to pay with them something, say a bottle of lavandine. I think they're going to take them for me. And if they don't, my dentist is grateful.

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