The idea of CoinStar was a good one. We put in our spare change and CoinStar gives us cash. But then we realized that CoinStar charges you a 9% (!) service charge for something that you can do at a bank for free. So you can imagine our relief when we came across this CoinStar hack.
We don’t know if this is “legal” or not so don’t shoot the messenger, but it involves unplugging the CoinStar’s phone line from the unit multiple times, but seems relatively simple. This is supposed to confuse the machine into submission. Eventually making it spit out your cash slip for free, without the deduction. Check it out, just remember kids, you’ve been warned ;-). — Andrew Dobrow