The $ symbol encloses tex commands and acts as a signal for MathJax to engage. What if I want to use $ for it's other purpose, denoting US currency?

For example, on a recent answer: synthesizable functional groups, I wanted to be able to quote the prices of the books I mentioned in US dollars as a deterrent to someone thinking they should go out and acquire their own individual copies. Ultimately, I chose to leave the prices out and just insinuate that they were high. I also linked to the Amazon listing.

If I want to quote a single dollar amount, then all is well. If I use $1000, then I get the following $1000, which is good.

If I want to quote two dollar amounts in the same paragraph, I get a MathJaxsplosion: $500 price ... some text [a link](http:\\www.google.com) ... ca. $1000 becomes: $500 price ... some text [a link](http:\\www.google.com) ... ca. $1000

Interesting, but undesirable. Is there a way around this behavior without using $, since the preformatted block carries other connotations on the stackexchange sites? Is there a snippet of MathJax code I can insert around a chunk of text to ingore while rendering?

$\DoNotRenderThisTextWithMathJaxIWantItToLookLikeUnrenderedText{the text I want to looking normal with $500 and some $1000 in it}$

Or is there some way I can drop in a unicode character that looks like $, but won't trigger MathJax?

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    $\begingroup$ "MathJaxsplosion" made me laugh $\endgroup$ Apr 25, 2013 at 12:29

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If you pay me \$100 I would tell you, give me \$200 and I'll throw in some fries on the side :)

(If you've done some programming, the solution is obvious, but that's not always the case)

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    $\begingroup$ For those who can't click the edit button: see the source code $\endgroup$ Apr 25, 2013 at 12:31
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    $\begingroup$ Don't listen to Manish, I'll tell you for $50! $\endgroup$
    – F'x
    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:49
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks! It makes so much sense, I can't believe I did not try it. $\endgroup$
    – Ben Norris
    Apr 25, 2013 at 16:25

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