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    the five-dollar tour

    You didn't buy this book for a long introduction, so let's get started with the five-dollar tour.

    What's the five-dollar tour?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    I don't know.

    "The nickel tour" is a fairly common expression that means "a quick look around" -- you only paid a nickel, so don't expect much.
    For example, if you come over to visit me in my new house, I may offer you "the nickel tour" meaning I'll show you around my new house.

    Does this author mean "I'm going to give you so much information, it's worth 100 times a nickel tour"? I just don't know. It's not an expression I've ever seen used.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3
    I think it's just inflation. The old nickel tour costs $5 now.

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    #4
    I haven't heard the phrase either, but in the context you've given, it seems to mean that the introduction will be a short over-view description of the contents of the book. You don't get much in-depth information from a five dollar tour (of most places). It probably means the same as "a nickel tour", but adjusted for inflation.

    Dave and I had the same idea.

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