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  1. #1
    us
    Feb 2011
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    Can we buy coins from coinstar?

    Sorry if this has been beaten to death already but, being a "non-chartered" member, I can't search the forums as of yet.

    Anyways.......Can one somehow purchase the coins from a coinstar or similar machine?

    Just started hunting and was thrilled to find 3 steel cents yesterday.

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  3. #2
    us
    Dec 2010
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    Re: Can we buy coins from coinstar?

    Why would you want to? Aside from cents? CoinStar spits out silver if I'm not mistaken... That's like going grocery shopping at the dumpster...
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  4. #3
    us
    Feb 2011
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    Re: Can we buy coins from coinstar?

    I'm just tryin to make cents of it all Holmes!

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    Re: Can we buy coins from coinstar?

    I saw a program on discovery or one of those types of channels a couple years ago about vending machines, that showed a Brinks truck coming to pick up the "vault" in the base of a Coinstar machine. The full "vault" was replaced with an empty one, and the full one was taken to the Brinks facility to be emptied and run with their other coins. The room they showed had several full "vaults" waiting to be emptied.

    They said the Coinstar machine automatically "calls" the service center when it needed to be emptied and that the "vault" in it holds up to 500 lbs of coins.

    So, no, you cannot buy the coins from a Coinstar machine that I am aware of.

    Jim
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  6. #5
    us
    Aug 2009
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    Re: Can we buy coins from coinstar?

    Coinstar rejects silver. I know this because I tested it one time on accident. You dont want to buy coinstars coins unless you are looking for clad.
    There is no silver left around here...

  7. #6
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    us
    Jul 2007
    Mentone Beach, California
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    Re: Can we buy coins from coinstar?

    I agree in that Coinstar machines do, indeed, reject silver. If you are fortunate enough to be able to use a Coinstar machine without use charges, you can feel confident that the machine will kick out any silver coin that you may somehow have missed.

    Typically, a Coinstar machine will have two, separate "vaults" in its bowels. If you happen to be dumping when one vault fills up and it switches to the second vault, there is a drastic difference in the noise of the coins dropping.....particularly in the case of half dollars. It's loud enough to make bank patrons turn around and look. The machines do not sort denominations in any way, they are all just dumped into the hoppers en masse, with the actual sorting being done back at the Coinstar facility.

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    Other hand, I heard it said,
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  8. #7
    us
    Apr 2007
    Missouri
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    Re: Can we buy coins from coinstar?

    How depressing...a machine that rejects silver.
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  9. #8
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    us
    Jul 2007
    Mentone Beach, California
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    Re: Can we buy coins from coinstar?

    ..........always check the reject tray!!!
    - Grizz
    Credo Quia Absurdum!

    Quid quid Latine dictum sit, ergo videor profundus!!

    Now I don't know, but I been told,
    It's hard to run with the weight of gold.
    Other hand, I heard it said,
    It's just as hard with the weight of lead.
    - Robert Hunter

  10. #9
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    us
    Dec 2006
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    Re: Can we buy coins from coinstar?

    Quote Originally Posted by EpicDeuce
    CoinStar spits out silver if I'm not mistaken... That's like going grocery shopping at the dumpster...
    Actually I am reading a book right now called "The art and science of dumpster diving" Not even one fifth through with it and that is what he talks about the most. Hopefully he will get down to the nuts and bolts pretty soon.
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  11. #10
    us
    Aug 2004
    Mena Arkansas
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    Re: Can we buy coins from coinstar?

    I know they reject silver...one night I happened to walk by one and saw a large coin in the reject tray.....reached in and pulled out a 1968 Kennedy half......couldnt believe it.....never find anything that goood....somebody must have dumped and run....without checking their rejects.....good for me, bad for them....

  12. #11
    us
    Aug 2009
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    Re: Can we buy coins from coinstar?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyberdan
    Quote Originally Posted by EpicDeuce
    CoinStar spits out silver if I'm not mistaken... That's like going grocery shopping at the dumpster...
    Actually I am reading a book right now called "The art and science of dumpster diving" Not even one fifth through with it and that is what he talks about the most. Hopefully he will get down to the nuts and bolts pretty soon.
    Do you have a link to the book? I know someone who's interested in dumpster diving for food. She obviously is living within her means and would like disguarded food that store throw away. What does Coinstar have to do with dumpster diving?

 

 

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