Is it legal in the US, for a business to charge a fee to make change (cash to smaller denominations, e.g., taking a dollar bill and giving back coins) or the reverse (e.g., taking coins and returning bills)?

For example, would it be legal for a business to offer to change a dollar bill into three quarters?

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    For the "reverse" direction, there's a large company whose entire business model is that: coinstar.com. If it was illegal I think we'd have heard about it by now. Feb 19, 2020 at 22:30

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Yes, you can charge for providing a service

Even if many businesses provide that service for free.

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