Meski mengalami pelemahan terhadap nilai tukar rupiah terhadap dolar AS, pengusaha belum akan menaikkan harga jual produk makanan dan minuman hingga hari raya Idul Fitri pada pertengahan Juni mendatang. Harga ini tetap dijaga karena pada momen tersebut permintaan produk makanan dan minuman sedang meningkat. Selain itu, apabila harga produk makanan dan minuman mengalami kenaikan, dikhawatirkan akan mempengaruhi daya beli dan merusak permintaan. Untuk menyesuaikan dengan keadaan sekarang, pengusaha mempunyai 2 opsi selain menaikan yakni mengubah kemasan menjadi ukuran lebih kecil atau menggunakan bahan baku dan bahan jadi dari pasar lokal. Namun opsi ini tidak mudah diterapkan begitu saja dan harus melalui proses dan pertimbangan yang matang.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is right off the Mall on 14th Street (next to the Holocaust Museum) and very close to the other museums of the Smithsonian. Tours are FREE but you must get tickets which will tell you your entry time . On our last few trips to DC, the tickets for the day were all gone by mid-morning. This time, (maybe because it was a really hot day in the middle of week), we were able to get tickets for the 5:45 tour ( we got to the ticket office around 12:30 pm). One person can get up to 4 tickets, so if you are in Washington DC, it's well worth it to send someone over to pick up your tickets as early in the day as possible.
You are not allowed to take any photographs on the tour itself, but I was able to get a few before and after in the small visitor center and gift shop.
On the tour itself, we got to see all the modern printing practices with all sorts of high-speed, automated machines. However, in the gift shop, a man demonstrated how the bills were printed by hand from the 1860's - 1920's. It was really interesting to see the actual engraving plate (which took four months to engrave by hand). We watched how the thick ink was applied to get a crisp image and saw how a heavy press was used to emboss the image onto the bill. Then, the kids got to look through a magnifying glass to see how incredibly detailed the printed scene was ~ you could see the individual people and horses in front of the building! . .