What Can You Get For $5?

Here’s an interesting experiment. This website is trying to use Flickr to explore the relative value of $5 around the world. They’re asking you to take pictures of things that cost 5 bucks and submit them to their Flickr pool, (or email them).

“The thing can be an object: a book; a bag of grain; phone credit or a service: vaccination; hair cut; dentist check-up; charity donation; taxi ride; massage – the more variety the better.”

They already have some interesting examples, a lamp made from recycled parts, delivery service in South Korea, two cans of soup, etc.

What can you buy for five dollars?

[via Kottke]


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  1. graphicwave says:

    You can get a Quizno’s sub with MORE MEAT.

  2. Skiffer says:

    You can get 500 pennies…

  3. Scuba Steve says:

    You can get 2 TV dinners. God bless America.

  4. Tmoney02 says:

    5 dollar foot l-o-n-g…..damn you subway commercials!

  5. jaydez says:

    you can get a gallon of gas and some change.

  6. RabbitDinner says:

    A milkshake from Jack Rabbit Slim’s

  7. ScubaSteveKzoo says:

    little ceasar’s hot n’ ready. SO good. As a recent college graduate, I can thank LC’s for helping me survive school.

  8. ShibaniCaballerial says:

    You can get a savings account started at our local credit union – Apple

  9. Legal_Eagle_In_Training says:

    A four-course meal from the dollar menu at McDonald’s plus tax : ) Heaven knows I still frequent this restaurant when money gets tight.

  10. mdoublej says:

    @graphicwave: Really? I’ve never gotten out of Quizno’s paying less than $10.

  11. Bladefist says:

    It can be your down payment on a million dollar house in the Virgin Islands via Countrywide.

  12. battra92 says:

    A cheap used PS2 or Gamecube game at Gamestop.

  13. graphicwave says:

    @mdoublej: Now that I think about that….it’s true. The commercials are a LIE!

  14. MyPetFly says:

    If I go downtown, I can get a halfway decent blo*(%&(#*&. Sorry honey.

  15. potzertommy says:


    damn, you beat me to it.

  16. potzertommy says:


    That’s a pretty f%&$ing good milkshake. I don’t know if it’s worth five dollars but it’s pretty f#$%ing good.

  17. Triborough says:

    A $5 MetroCard

  18. AaronZ says:

    A grande coffee at starbucks.

    A Large Popcorn at the movies.

    Maxim magazine.

  19. Skankingmike says:

    1 half gallon of Lactaid milk :(

    and you’d need 5 + %sales tax for those 5 dollar foot longs

  20. CollierLibra says:

    You can get a haircut for $5 at most beauty schools in my area.

  21. dry-roasted-peanuts says:

    A pound of bacon.

  22. Tmoney02 says:

    @Skankingmike: What if i paid the tax with pennies from the penny jar does that let it count?

  23. andyfvp says:

    Lottery tickets, that you can turn into millions of dollars. Offcourse the probability of that is another matter altogether.

  24. TheSeeker says:

    @RabbitDinner: A f**king good milk shake at that. I don’t know if it’s worth $5 though.

  25. shoegazer says:

    @TheSeeker: Five dollars? You don’t put bourbon in it or anything?

  26. mountaindew says:

    2 Quinoz’ Sammies and a cup of water, with change.

  27. Angryrider says:

    A box lunch and a soda, 2-4 books from Strand or Bookoff, 2 loaves of Wonder Bread, a magazine, 2 comic books, 400 sheets of paper, 1/2 gallon of milk and 1 box of Ritz crackers or 2dz eggs.
    Or save it!

  28. A foot-long

  29. tman996 says:

    My undivided attention for 124 seconds! ;)

  30. modenastradale says:

    These days, a single loaf of whole wheat sandwich bread. :-(

  31. the site no workee

  32. Cap'n Jack says:

    Five Dollar Foot Loooonnnnnnggg!

  33. kaptainkk says:

    10 tacos from Jack in the Box!

  34. iMe2 says:

    Every single Google product and a $5 savings account.

  35. Anjow says:

    ~5/6ths of a pint of beer.

    Why the hell is it £3 for a bloody pint now?

  36. iMe2 says:

    @Anjow: Yuengling is $1.50-$2 during happy hour in Philly.

  37. thelushie says:

    Hussen’s pizza special: 2 slices and a medium drink $5 and that includes tax

  38. RabbitDinner says:

    @TheSeeker: She’s a skinny mofo, but I would try any milkshake that Uma Thurman has touched

  39. @mdoublej: Thank you! I hate Quiznos, I call it “home of the $9 sandwich.”

  40. Lea9017 says:

    There’s not more meat on a Quiznos sub, in fact just yesterday the Quiznos I work at got hit with the shrink ray because I was told to put less meat from now on.

  41. redkamel says:

    3 dominos pizza baby! 555

  42. jeffimix says:

    5 Totino’s pizzas at my local Krogers.

    10/$10 except they don’t enforce it beyond 1$/each. I so take advantage of that and buy like 1 or 2 at a time. They’re on a sale that’s been constantly on since May.

  43. Dansc29625 says:

    @Skiffer: The current percentage is 80% post-82 and 20% pre-82. That equals up to $6.44.