Customers of Walmart, the world's largest supermarket chain, can now buy Bitcoins in its stores, CoinDesk has reported. The publication's journalists have personally checked how the service works.
The option is available at several dozen retail outlets in the US. Bitcoins are sold through Coinstar terminals. Walmart communications director Molly Blakeman said:
"There are 200 Coinstar kiosks located inside Walmart stores across the United States that are part of this pilot."
Subscribe to our Telegram channel to stay up to date on the latest crypto and blockchain news.
After depositing money into the terminals, customers receive a paper voucher with a code. They must then register on the Coinme wallet website and complete a verification process. The terminal charges a 4% fee for buying Bitcoins plus 7% for exchanging cash.
According to sources, Walmart has decided not to announce the project publicly after a fake press release was circulated on behalf of the company in September about adding support for litecoin.