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Lamassu Says Bitcoin ATMs “Profitable” – 34% of Market

Bitcoin ATM maker Lamassu says that it currently has 100 live machines worldwide, accounting for 34% of the entire Bitcoin ATM market.

The industry, which was nonexistent 12 months ago, is now flourishing and profitable, according to Lamassu. Internal Lamassu surveys show that standard cash-to-Bitcoin locations are averaging $20,000 worth of transactions per month, whereas prime locations are averaging $40,000 – $60,000 per month. With an average commission of 5.5%, operators are looking at $1,000-$3,000 in gross profit monthly, per machine.

Zach Harvey, CEO of Lamassu, noted:

Bitcoin is moving forward at a dizzying pace and it’s very encouraging to see our operators recovering their investment within three to nine months. It proves that people appreciate the convenience of Bitcoin ATMs, and that appreciation translates into traffic and sales for our operators.

Pete Watson, director of Lamassu partner Bitcoin Group HK, also had good news:

We are starting to get some really good volume on our machines and have just sold our 200th Bitcoin. The first 100 bitcoins took five months and the second 100, only one month.

Finland’s first Bitcoin ATM location, operated by Bittiraha, is located in Helsinki’s central train station. Bittiraha CEO Henry Brade said: “Our record is $50,000 per month, but currently it’s doing approximately $32,000 per month.” Bittiraha has since launched another five locations in Finland.

New York City’s first machine has not yet made its numbers public, but the vintage fashion store that houses the machine has been reporting 15-20 Bitcoin ATM only customers daily. The network average has been about $150 -$200 per transaction.

Hungary’s first Bitcoin ATM, also a Lamassu machine, has been well received too. Barnabas Debreczeni, the owner of the machine, commented:

We had 130 transactions in our first two weeks of operation. This was way more than I expected. The restaurant hosting the ATM also started accepting Bitcoin payments upon our launch. They’ve had 70 Bitcoin payments so far, which absolutely beat everyone’s expectation. That means five bills paid in Bitcoin, every day, on average.

Harvey added:

For many people Bitcoin is exciting as a concept, yet still intimidating. Our machines enable the bit-curious to put in $5 and easily buy a fraction of a Bitcoin. It only takes fifteen seconds. For many customers, paying a 5% transaction fee for that is well worth it, when they consider the alternatives. Online Bitcoin exchanges may have minimum buy limits and can take several days to start trading, which could prove crucial with Bitcoin’s volatility.

Lamassu machines are available for purchase online at the company’s website. The one-way Douro machine is priced at $6,500 and is currently in stock, available to ship. The two-way duo of the Douro and Santo Tirso is priced at $12,000 and has an eight week lead time.

Lamassu bitcoin ATM demonstration below:

 

Journalist, policy analyst, and evangelist of new, disruptive technologies including big data analytics, Internet of Things, and cryptocurrencies. Internet industry veteran with regional c-suite experience, and journalist credentials earned at internet.com, Internet World magazine, and Mecklermedia Corporation.
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