$100 Billion Dollars For 3 Eggs? Holy Jebus! The Inflation In Zimbabwe Really Sucks!

July 28, 2011 | 7 Comments » | Topics: WTF

If you think that the current economic crisis America is something that has never happened in history before, you may be wrong! After the collapse of the agriculture sector in Zimbabwe in 2000, the inflation in that country skyrocketed to 231 million percent a year! Just think about it – 231 000 000%!

million dollars worth food

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Unemployment went up to 80% and a third of country’s population left it.

Let`s now have a look at the photos that you may not be able to see anywhere else in the world. Here is a boy getting change in 200 000 dollar notes!

One 200 000 dollar note equals less than $0.10 cents.

counting dollar notes

December 22nd, a new note of 500 000 dollars introduced to the market!

500000 dollar bills

Next – 750 000 dollars.

750000 dollar notes

January – new note of 10 million dollars.

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This US $10 dollar note is 10 times worth more than the 10 million dollars Zimbabwe note.

10 million dollar bills

A case worth 65 billion Zimbabwe dollars which equals to $2000 US dollars.

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This guy is going to a supermarket. The exchange rate is 25 million Zimbabwe dollars for 1 US dollar.

carrying dollar notes

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This mountain of cash is worth $100.

transport new dollar bills

200000 dollar notes

50 Million note is then introduced!

50 million dollar notes

Next is 250 million dollars note!

zimbabwe money cloths

Sorry, how much is this t-shirt? – It`s cheap, only about 3 billion dollars!

zimbabwe inflation control

May – a note of 500 million dollars is introduced!

zimbabwe dollar notes

dollar value devaluation

June – note worth 25 and 50 billion are printed.

And finally – 100 billion dollars note!

million dollars worth food

What can you buy for it? Well, these 3 eggs for example.

Thats how people went to restaurants!

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And the bills:

million dollar sales receipt

printing new dollar bills

In August, the government devalued Zimbabwe dollar by removing 10 zeros from notes.

zimbabwe new 10 dollar notes

However, inflation kept going up and in September for this amount of cash you could only buy 4 tomatoes.

zimbabwe dollar value

And for this – some bread.

food for dollars

And then it started again: 20 000 dollars note in September.

20000 dollar note

50 000 a couple of weeks ago!

50000 dollar bill

They`ve got a ptty good chance of hitting billion dollar notes again by the end of this year!


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  • Mutare

    You dont have any idea what you are talking about. Do you follow the news? They switched to US dollars long ago and have a low inflation rate. Lower than the UK.

  • Jean

    I’m from South Africa, and we hear a lot of stories from Zim. It’s cheaper to wipe your ass with money than it is to buy toilet paper, however it’s illegal to wipe your ass with notes!

    And by law you are only allowed to walk around with a certain amount of money (not sure how much), but it’s less than the cost of toothpaste.

    And most of this could potentially end if they vote for a new president….however, they don’t have the cash to host a new election

  • Gutterville

    @mutare I heard that but not just the US dollar but gold in some places

  • Legend

    They use the dollar for transactions, and the euro and the rand…and the pula and the pound sterling…but they didn’t switch to the US dollar…
    The currency have the word ‘dollar’ in the currency but so does Australia, and most probably some other countries…
    And the don’t have a “low inflation”, they have something called n HYPERINFLATION : “Inflation rose from an annual rate of 32% in 1998, to an official estimated high of 11,200,000% in August 2008 according to the country’s Central Statistical Office”

    • Asdasdda

      Yeah, even Hong Kong have “dollars”.

    • Asdasdda

      Yeah, even Hong Kong have “dollars”.

  • Racoonteur

    Jean, jy praat ‘n klomp kak. Big up Mutare, even with all the shiet Zim is still an awesome nation.