|Look how much money you can save!|
Those days have passed. Now coin hoarders tote their vats of currency to the Coinstar machine in the front of the supermarket, saving untold amounts of time.
And time, after all, is money. Which is why an ostensibly crap study from the Coinstar people is more interesting than it might appear at first blush. Per the company, the average consumer estimates he or she has $26 in loose change rattling around the couch, the glove box, the dryer, etc. -- but the average user of the Coinstar service cashes in $56. The company spins this data in a manner suggesting you've got more money at home than you think, and should avail yourself of their services, posthaste.
The obvious alternate reading of this ersatz Pepsi Challenge is that people who haul their vats of change to Coinstar are not "average" consumers, and have likely been amassing large quantities of currency before making a pilgrimage. Certainly the people in the vat industry feel that way.
So, there you go. But a more pertinent question for San Franciscans might be: How much of your time is it worth to amass $56 worth of coins?