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Is Coinstar no longer in Canada?

 
 
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 Posted 06/09/2018  10:20 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add rusty_f to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hope someone has some insight on this. I live in north Saskatoon, and used to have 3 Coinstar machines in my neighbourhood. Over the past year they have all been taken out; the last one disappearing about a month and a half ago. Now their Canadian website seems to have vanished as well. Have they ceased operations in Canada, or are there still machines elsewhere?
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 Posted 06/09/2018  11:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add M_d_in_guy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In Smiths Falls Ontario at the Independant Grocer there is one still operational.
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 Posted 06/09/2018  11:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add twoods to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Hi Rusty F,

These machines are harder to find and have been pulled out of use in a lot of places in Canada...there was a class action lawsuit brought for people who used the machines from 2013 - 2016 citing inaccuracies in the machines that were short-changing customers...if you Google the topic there is an article about TD removing the machines from their branches...hopefully this info helps...
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 Posted 06/10/2018  10:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alex A to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi, there are a few around in grocery stores.
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 Posted 06/10/2018  12:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add loonielewy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't think many members would use these machines. Personally, doing it by hand works for me. Then you don't have the feeling of did the count match the deposit,or have to pay any fee's. They are fun to check out for rejects though. I only have one locally, and it may be gone. Haven't been to that store in a while. I'll see though. The coinstar thread on here is a blast. What people leave behind is crazy, but, free pickin's for us. Never found a thing in that machine by the way. .
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 Posted 07/07/2018  06:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add The Awesome Guys Coins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My local food basics has one.
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 Posted 11/29/2018  09:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jeffbuckes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Long story short: I have about CAD$500 in loose change - I darn well hope there are still some Coinstar machines left up there. I plan on dumping the change on my next trip up north. Google says there are a few Coinstar machines left in Montreal. Can anyone confirm?
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 Posted 11/29/2018  10:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Hounddog Bill to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't know if there're any in Montreal but they're easily found in the GTA east of Toronto ( Pickering, Ajax, Whitby or Oshawa ) in grocery stores.

Cheers, Bill
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 Posted 11/29/2018  11:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cdncoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
According to the Coinstar website there are a handful of them scattered around Montreal.
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 Posted 12/01/2018  5:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Smallcentguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Jeff Buckes: I am not sure that coinstar will accept cents any more. Some banks still take them but if you are not a client getting rid of them may be tricky.
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 Posted 12/01/2018  6:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jeffbuckes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for all the tips.

I'd be surprised if Canadian Coinstar won't take the cents - I thought that was the first phase in collecting and smelting all the coins for their Alloy Recovery Program. Or maybe I'm just behind the curve as always.

Anyway, I think I'll sort the cents and roll the coppers. Another member suggested selling rolls of them (copper cents, not members) on ebay (just like we do with wheats in the US). I can do the same with the nickels - I have hundreds of those - so I bet I have enough older nickels for a roll or two. We usually only get 2x face on common wheats so I know I won't make a fortune - but at least these beautiful coins won't go to the furnace.

And I can spend the newer cents here in the US. That's how I got them in the first place - just years of digging through my pocket change! You should see my pile of one-cent coins from Barbados, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago, etc. All close enough to resemble the US cent.
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