Walmart will now let customers buy bitcoin. And it's not a hoax this time.
The company is testing a program that lets customers buy the digital currency at certain Coinstar kiosks. The pilot program is rolling out at a select few locations; just 200 of the kiosks are installed in Walmart stores. Once people exchange cash for Bitcoin and pay a hefty transaction fee, they'll receive a paper voucher confirming their new coins.
Coinstar is leading the charge on the project, working with the exchange Coinme to offer bitcoin at 8,000 of its kiosks. The company is best known as the machine to dump your loose change into and get paper bills and gift cards in return, but now you can turn the cash in your couch cushions into cold, hard crypto.
Unlike the last time Walmart appeared to be getting into cryptocurrencies, this announcement is real. Last month, a false announcement that Walmart and Litecoin were partnering sent the value of the coin soaring for a bit before Walmart confirmed the news was fake. But the company did say it was interested in cryptocurrency in general. This is just a small toe in the water, placing a few bitcoin ATMs in a few stores, but it could be a signal of crypto's further movement into the mainstream.