The Redwood City-headquartered ExchB, founded in May 2011, just started accepting cash and check payments via brick-and-mortar banks to speed up the sometimes-lengthy process of crediting an account with USD in order to buy BTC. “ExchB customers can walk up to any of over 15,000 locations nationwide and make a cash deposit at any Chase or Wells Fargo branch,” president David Sterry wrote last week. “Simply walk up to the teller, deposit your cash or check, and e-mail us an image of your receipt. Cash clears when we verify your e-mail and check deposits typically clear overnight.”
Right now, it’s tough to buy Bitcoin with cash unless you’re meeting someone face-to-face. But in the wake of the most recent Bitcoin crash, a few high-profile incidents that drove the price down to $5 or so from around $13, it’s tough for any exchange, even a U.S.-based one with a phone number that goes to voicemail, to convince users of its trustworthines.
Although trust in Bitcoin is gaining again. MyBitcoin users report receiving the 49 percent refund they were promised after the popular service shut down, claiming it was hacked. The price of the e-currency has rebounded to $11 or so this morning.
ExchB, which bills itself as the first U.S.-based Bitcoin exchange, also announced a few new deposit methods and no fees on check withdrawals.