Fact: EntreCard Credits are like Schrute Bucks

One Schrute BuckBefore I begin, let me say that I enjoy both Dwight Schrute and EntreCard. Now, let me explain my assertion. 🙂

On The Office (US version), Dwight Schrute creates Schrute Bucks as a way to motivate his coworkers to perform well. (If you’re not familiar with Dwight, you should know that he is an insufferable dweeb and suck-up, but he is also excellent at his job. That really has nothing to do with this analogy, but it is a big part of why The Office is so hilarious.) The Schrute Buck is a unit of currency in Dwight’s system, where he gets to decide what a person has to do to earn one.

EntreCard (EC) is a system of free internet advertising that rewards users with Credits, which they can use to purchase ad space on other users’ blogs. Credits are awarded for using the system by “card dropping,” or clicking on other people’s EC widgets.

A-ha! What else do Schrute Bucks and EC Credits have in common? Well, since I am a bit of an insufferable dweeb myself, here is a list …

  • Fact: Both Schrute Bucks and EC Credits are constructed units of currency.
  • Fact: Both Schrute Bucks and EC Credits can be earned only by exhibiting behaviors desired by their creators.
  • Fact: Neither Schrute Bucks nor EC Credits have any real value outside of their respective reward systems.*
  • Fact: Both Schrute Bucks and EC Credits have value only if there is demand for them among users.
  • Question: What is the exchange rate of Schrute Bucks to EC Credits?
  • Answer: It’s the same as the ratio of unicorns to leprechauns.

* I know there has been some talk of selling EC Credits for real money, so we’ll see where that ends up.

I hope you enjoyed this little exercise in silliness. If you’d like to add to the discussion, please do!

Author: GeekMom

Heather is a geeky girl with a husband and three kids who put up with her nerdy quirks. She's been blogging here since 2007, and enjoys writing, reading, playing video games, and making stuff.

  • Sue

    LOL! I never thought of it that way! I want some Schrute bucks! Good post!

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  • You header, are they Mii’s from the Nintendo Wii?

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  • Schrute Bucks – that’s brilliant. Thanks for the laugh.

    SB

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  • Tammy – yes, those are my family in Mii form. I made them at http://www.miieditor.com/ I think they’re pretty cute!

  • Great analogy. I love that show. This post awas a fun read in my blogging travels today.

  • Raj

    Heh! That was good. May be the creators of Entrecard are huge fans of Dwight too and might have actually got the idea from Schrute Bucks. 🙂

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  • Never heard of Schrute Bucks before, lol, I always learn something new here 😉

  • impressive analogy. i must watch The Office more often. 🙂

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  • Ben

    Now you got me interested to watch the Show The Office. I know I have seen it on my tv listings.

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  • I will finally be able to explain Entrecard to my fiance. Right on!

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  • If you like witty, sometimes politically incorrect situational comedy, you’ll love it! It’s one of the shows I make sure to record if I’m not going to be home. Very funny!

    Erica – glad I could help. 🙂

  • I really love the picture of some back-alley shady types selling unicorns for Schrute bucks…

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  • Funny stuff! And your asterisk was well used in that I think the Entrecard credit already has some real world value, if nothing else other than barter currency for services among Entrecarders.

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  • LOL! You can tell how much TV I watch! I did not get the joke on your “Giggles” post until I asked someone to tell me. I have never seen Wheel of Fortune. I also had to follow your links and Google it to know what this post was about.

    I think the entrecard concept is great. They just need to speed up their site. I spend way too much time watching the little “waiting for entrecard” notice when working on my dashboard etc.

    -Will

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  • I haven’t joined entrecard yet, but sounds like an interesting system. Anything that resembles the office has to be given a shot 🙂

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  • I avoided The Office like a plague. It’s so painful to watch…

    But your comparison is still funny and right on the money. (pun intended)

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  • You crack me up!

    When, oh when will the writer’s strike end? :^)

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  • Hi! Just dropping by via Entrecard.

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  • oh my that made me laugh . I think i shall have to subscribe to your feed for a daily dose of humour

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  • Ian

    I love the US version of The Office. Normally American versions of British shows are quite appalling, but The Office is actually an exception, and I prefer it to the original.

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  • Ben

    Okay a co-worker of mine lent me at the seasons of “The Office” on DVD and I have finally watched most of them. I must say that this post is a lot more funny now.

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  • I’m glad you guys liked the post. Sometimes, I am prone to silliness, and it’s nice to know a few people can appreciate it.

    @Ben: I’m glad you got to see it! Aren’t there some wonderfully ridiculous lines to quote?! 🙂