Bitcoins are finally making it big time by appearing at local grocery stores all over the United States. Now you’ll be able to buy Bitcoins from coin machines available at local convenience stores alongside your usual staple of foods.
In a similar vein to that of a kiosk operated slot machine that converts your pennies, nickels, and dimes into a voucher redeemable for dollar bills, Coinstar is teaming up with Coinme, the very first state-licensed Bitcoin ATM operator for the US. Along with the ability to convert your jars of coins into 50 bucks, grocery shoppers will also have the choice of purchasing bitcoins at Coinstar kiosks.
Currently, California, Texas, and Washington are the only states to have these kiosks available for purchasing Bitcoins at major grocery chains such as Albertsons, Safeway and Vons.
Coinme CEO and CoFounder, Neil Bergquist had this to say,
“Bitcoin is now accessible at your local grocery store via Coinstar kiosks, and this offering will make it even easier for consumers to participate in this dynamic new economy.”
Customers will need to follow a simple four basic steps in order to purchase Bitcoins.
- Using Coinstar’s touch screen to select “Buy Bitcoin”
- Inserting US paper money into the cash accepter for any amount up to $2,500
- Receiving a voucher with a Bitcoin redemption code
- Visiting “www.coinme.com/redeem” to either create a Coinme account or sign in to an existing account to redeem the voucher for Bitcoin