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The rollout began this month in Texas, Northern California and Ohio and will continue at select kiosks throughout the year.
BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Coinstar, a leader in self-service coin-counting, announced a new feature available at select Coinstar® kiosks that enables consumers to conveniently and securely add coins and paper currency into or withdraw funds from their PayPal account, as well as send money to another PayPal account. The rollout began this month in Texas, Northern California and Ohio and will continue at select kiosks throughout the year.
Coinstar and PayPal conducted a test of the new service in the Dallas metropolitan area last year and quickly saw adoption and interest from users. For instance, initial test results revealed that 40% of kiosk users who used the PayPal feature went back to use PayPal on a Coinstar kiosk an average of two times a month.
As the worlds of online and traditional brick and mortar commerce continue to converge, consumers are increasingly embracing PayPal as a convenient and secure payment solution.
“PayPal on Coinstar exemplifies how we continue to empower consumers to change what they have into what they want,” said Mike Skinner, president of Coinstar’s Coin business. “From the convenience of a grocery store, consumers can turn their coins and paper currency into digital spending power anywhere PayPal is accepted.”
“We’re delighted to work with Coinstar to enable our users to transact anytime, anywhere and in any way,” said Dan Schatt, head of Financial Innovations at PayPal. “PayPal on Coinstar kiosks provide customers with a convenient way to add coins and paper currency to their PayPal account and spend their money anywhere PayPal is accepted.”
Consumers can find the closest Coinstar kiosk with PayPal functionality by using the Machine Locator tool at www.coinstar.com/paypal. At these Coinstar kiosks, PayPal users can:
- Add coins and paper currency to their PayPal account
- Withdraw cash from their PayPal account (a voucher is issued to be redeemed in store)
- Send funds to another PayPal user’s account
Coins and paper currency added via select Coinstar kiosks are quickly available in PayPal accounts and can be spent online or in retailer stores where PayPal is accepted.
Customers can add up to $500 using coins and paper money to a PayPal account each calendar month. Coinstar’s standard coin-counting fee of 9.8% applies when coins are added to a PayPal account. When using paper money, a $3 fee applies for transactions up to $300 and a $6 fee applies for transactions over $300. The fees for loading cash are among the lowest in the highly competitive prepaid market. Withdrawals are limited to $500 in a calendar month and $200 per day; each withdrawal incurs a $3 fee.
Coinstar, a Coinstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSTR) brand, is a leader in self-service coin counting services and owns and operates the only multi-national, fully automated network of self-service coin-counting kiosks. The company has approximately 20,300 coin-counting locations in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Coinstar kiosks process about 50 billion coins a year, amounting to approximately $3 billion. Coinstar makes it simple to convert coins to cash or consumers can receive no-fee coin-counting when choosing a gift card or eCertificate. For more information on Coinstar coin-counting visit www.coinstar.com and for information on Coinstar, Inc., visitwww.coinstarinc.com.
Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including phrases conveying expectation or intent and other expressions identifying future performance. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance which may vary materially from performance expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Differences may result from actions taken by Coinstar, Inc. or PayPal as well as those of third parties and from risks and uncertainties beyond our control. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, changes in the number and timing of anticipated locations, our ability to attract new retailers and penetrate new markets and distribution channels and the termination, non-renewal or renegotiation on materially adverse terms of contract terms with our significant retailers. The foregoing risks and uncertainties are illustrative, but by no means exhaustive. For more information on factors that may affect future performance, please review "Risk Factors" described in our most recent Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements reflect Coinstar, Inc.'s expectations as of the date of this release. Coinstar, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update the information provided herein.