Some selected tobacco shops— Tabacs, in France have added the sales of Bitcoin coupons to their list of services. These Bitcoin coupons can be found in not less than 24 tobacco shops in Paris.
6,500 Tabacs Approved
Last years it was reported that more than 6,500 Tabacs were given the approval to start selling Bitcoin vouchers in France. These stores are expected to join the 24 which has already started selling the coupon.
Keplerk, French financial technology group is behind the initiative to sell Bitcoin coupons in stores. The group along with a yet to be named local payments software provider teamed up in order to allow Tabac owners add the sales of BTC vouchers which can, in turn, be redeemed from a wallet on Keplerk’s website to their list of services.
Keplerk made it known that 24 stores are now actively selling the coupons in three variations ( 50 euros, 100 euros, and 250 euros).
According to a recent report announcing the commencement of the initiative, it was stated that: “In exchange for the euro, the user obtains a ticket containing an alphanumeric code and a QR code. Buyers then have to visit the Keplerk website to convert their vouchers into cryptocurrency of either bitcoin core or ethereum.”
Currently, Keplerk charges a commission of 7 percent on every coupon sold and out of this, 1.25 percent is given to the store.
Adil Zakhar, the co-founder of Keplerk, also issued a statement addressing the latest development.
He stated that:
“Some people find it complicated to get bitcoins online They trust their local tobacco shop owner more than they would trust some remote anonymous website.”
For the Tabacs, the addition of Bitcoin coupon to the list of services offered is another avenue for them to make extra income. Since most of these stores are already into the sales of prepaid credit cards, cellphone credits, and money transfer services the addition of cryptocurrency will be an added advantage.