In the last few years, it's become all the rage to invest in Bitcoin in some way or other. If you don't know what it is, it's a form of cryptocurrency that is accumulated through a process called mining. But there is no central financial agency in charge of it. In fact, no one is even totally sure who created it. It just sort of appeared back around 2009.

I have friends who mine Bitcoin and say it's actually a pretty sweet deal that takes little to no effort. You basically let a computer run 24/7 that is dedicated to nothing but the mining of Bitcoin. It's a fairly small amount, but I've heard of some people harvesting around $200-$300 a month.

Not bad for doing nothing. However, it costs money to make money. Having a PC run 24 hours a day isn't free. That sucks up a lot of juice, and real actual money, that you would have to account for in the mining process. There are several places around Maine you can purchase Bitcoin, but until recently, not anywhere super close by.

But now, you can just go straight to the Bangor Mall, right by the business offices, and get access to all the Bitcoin you want with their Bitcoin ATM Machine. You can put in as little as $10, or as much as $8000, all for a flat fee of $2.50. Now, before you think you're about to perform modern day alchemy, bare in mind, a single Bitcoin right now costs roughly $6250. So if you're dumping ten bucks at a time into that machine, it's going to take years to scrape together one single Bitcoin.

But hey...does that really matter? At a time when the mall is always accused of being a behind-the-times dinosaur, here they are helping to get to the forefront of modern currency. Sure, long term Bitcoin could be a risky investment, but that's not the point. Right now, you can drive across town and invest like you're on Star Trek. So why not go boldly invest, where few have gone before?

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