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Bitcoin Basics: How do Bitcoin ATMs work?

In this podcast published in March 2020, you will hear Gordon and Faris from CoinCompass answering questions on how bitcoin ATMs actually work.

The concept of this podcast is for people to send their questions related to Bitcoin ATMs for Gordon and Faris to answer. It’s not going to be too much technical or too much economic detail but simply the basics of Bitcoin – those questions you thought were too silly to ask but actually are not.

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CASH INTO CRYPTO – Bitcoin ATM’s and The Coin Bros

In this video, you will see the first part (out of two) of the interview with Cory from CoinBros. In this part, he will talk about the CoinBros as a company and explain how Bitcoin ATMs work.

After telling a story on how he started to gain interest in Bitcoin while he was a paramedic and finally started a Bitcoin ATM business in 2017, Cory was asked to explain how is cryptocurrency stored in the machine.

He explains that you can link the ATM directly to the exchange via API or you can use the cold storage wallet. Linking directly to an exchange is less risky because you buy or sell crypto live and that way you cannot become a victim of volatility. On the other hand, by storing the crypto in the wallet you can lose a lot of money if the price keeps going down like in 2018, or you can earn much more in an opposite scenario.

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How Instacoin built a network of close to 100 Bitcoin ATMs in Canada

In this episode of the “Nick and Jimmy” show, you will hear Maria and Michael from Instacoin talking about how they got into the Crypto ATM business and how they got to operating more than 100 Bitcoin ATMs all over Canada.

The first Michael was asked was if the cryptocurrency will take over the fiat currency. In his opinion that is the actual goal of cryptocurrency, adding that it is currently gaining more and more popularity even though it is fairly young (only 10 years). He thinks that crypto presents a great alternative to a fiat currency because it’s much faster to buy stuff online or if you want to do remittances it’s a lot cheaper. The most important thing is that it is not centralized, which means that there is no middleman who’s taking astronomic fees.

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The Value of Bitcoin ATMs by Brandon Mintz from Bitcoin Depot

In the following video from TabConf held in January 2018, Brandon Mintz, the president of Bitcoin Depot, talks about the value of bitcoin ATMs during Bitcoin’s mainstream adoption.

Bitcoin Depot is an operator that works with Genesis Coin, and at the moment of this conference, they had 104 machines installed. As he says, there was a rise in demand for a more physical feel when having cryptocurrency transactions that are more similar to cash ATMs and provides people with a trust factor.

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Bitcoin ATM Market Dynamics April 2018

After experiencing the downfall in March, this April Bitcoin prices went in a different direction. They started to rise steadily from the beginning of the month, starting at $6,794 and peaking at $9,556 on 24.  April ended with a value of $9,260, which comes to a 36% rise since beginning of the month.

Bitcoin Price April 2018, source: blockchain.info

Accompanying the upward price trajectory was the growth in the number of new machines.

Period Start: 2667, Period End: 2878
Opened: 250, Closed: 39, Net Growth: +211(+7.9%)

Unlike the prices that fluctuate since the year started, the number of new machines continues to follow a steady increase. That trend continues in April.

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Experience of running bitcoin ATMs by Gil Valentine from Athena Bitcoin

The following video from Chicago meetup in beginning of 2017. Gil Valentine, one of the founders of Athena Bitcoin, gives a presentation about their experience of running bitcoin ATM business.

At the moment of presentation (March 2017) Athena Bitcoin runs machines in 7 different states and 12 metro areas.

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How to choose bitcoin wallet and buy your first bitcoins

This article is for all newcomers to cryptocurrency field. At Coin ATM Radar we receive many requests to register account in order to start using bitcoins and bitcoin ATMs in particular. In order to buy and start using bitcoins, you don’t need to register with any service provider. We will cover the main options how to start using cryptocurrencies, and especially Bitcoin — the most popular cryptocoin as of today.

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The first thing you need to do is choosing where to store your bitcoins, when you buy or receive them. There are two main options:

  • Store with third-party service provider
  • Store on your own in local wallet

You can store them with any of online wallets or exchanges (e.g. Coinbase, Kraken etc), in this case you trust these services, while they fully control access to your bitcoins, so generally you trust them that they will send bitcoins to you or to someone you will want to pay in the future, if you ask them to do so. This is no different from traditional banking, when you don’t control your money, rather banks do and promise you that they will execute your order to pay in the future.

However, the great thing about Bitcoin is that it allows you to fully control your funds without any intermediary and this is done with wallets installed locally on your device, be it mobile phone or computer.

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Los Angeles Bitcoin ATM Network

Los Angeles is a conglomerate of various bitcoin ATMs, which are operated by plenty of different operators. If you are in any district of the city, it is likely there will be a bitcoin ATM nearby.

Find all bitcoin ATM locations in Los Angeles.

Bitcoin ATM in Los Angeles

Los Angeles currently has 80 bitcoin ATMs installed. After NY with 86 machines, LA is the second largest conglomerate with respect to number of installed bitcoin machines.

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How to host a bitcoin ATM at your store or shop

With a trend of growing number of bitcoin machine installations worldwide many business owners start to consider hosting a bitcoin ATM at their premises. This post is supposed to help take a decision about how to house a bitcoin machine.

Generally there are several ways of doing it:

  • Organizing all on your own and later on also self operating machine(-s);
  • Finding someone who will be ready to finance and install machine at your location;
  • Some options in between the above two scenarios.

Street sign at 824 S Vermont Coin Cloud Bitcoin ATM
Street sign at 824 S Vermont Ave in Los Angeles, Coin Cloud Bitcoin ATM

Operating bitcoin machine on your own

When not to pursue…

The first option is rather a tedious task. Running a bitcoin ATM is a separate business by itself. In order to run a machine one should do all preliminary research work, e.g. finding out what is the legal status of such a business in the area and which licenses are required, then generally obtaining all permissions to do it within legal framework, which is usually time requiring and costly process. Apart from initial investments in legal advice services and obtaining permission, and then investment in machine hardware itself, business owner also will need to organize and maintain running of a bitcoin ATM on ongoing basis. This means to provide liquidity for bitcoin machine operations, and also organize the exchange process and provide all connected services, e.g. customer support.

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A Look at London’s Bitcoin ATM Scene

The United Kingdom is the third largest country with respect to the number of installed bitcoin ATMs, following after the U.S. and Canada, which are significantly larger both geographically and population-wise.

The United Kingdom is a home for 60 bitcoin ATMs at the time of writing.

The vast majority of the U.K.’s bitcoin machines — 45 bitcoin ATMs in total — are located in London, a global epicenter for multi-culturalism. These ATMs are represented by various ATM producers, with leading General Bytes (64%), but also Lamassu (22%) and BitAccess (11%). The main operators in London are Satoshi Point (42%), BCB ATM (16%), Bitins (13%) and Landmark Coins (11%), which combined represent more than 80% of all bitcoin machines in London.

You can find a map with London bitcoin ATM locations below in this post.

Bitcoin ATM London

Bitcoin ATM locations in London are very dispersed with some machines placed in the city center (districts like Soho, Fitzrovia), and plenty machines are  scattered around the city and in suburbs.

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