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Online shopping with Bitcoin – who accepts it?

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Bitcoins are apparently taking over the cryptocurrency market and they’re well-known as the largest and most popular digital currency. There are many large companies that now accept Bitcoin as a legitimate currency while offering their services. It means that they allow their products to be bought online with Bitcoins. With the obvious easiness of transferring and earning this cryptocurrency, many companies tend to accept these new online coins for cash. On the other hand, the volatility of this currency can either help or damage company’s financial status.

Many BTC holders often ask a question: “Which websites and companies accept Bitcoin as a mean of payment?” There are several major websites that have already begun to integrate Bitcoin in their payment options. If you are wondering where to spend your BTC, this list could you help you figure it out. These are some of the biggest places to spend Bitcoins for goods and services, followed by other commonly chosen websites that accept this digital currency as well.

Microsoft

It is known that Microsoft largely supports Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. Even if there was a huge misunderstanding in early 2016, Microsoft announced that BTC payments were still supported on their website. Users can buy content on X-Box and Windows store with Bitcoin.

Reddit

Reddit allows users to buy premium features with Bitcoin. They aimed to integrate cryptocurrency more into their marketing strategy after ensuring that the demand for new Bitcoin payment option was high.

WordPress.com

This is the company that enables users to create their own blogs for free. Several years ago, WordPress decided to allow users to spend Bitcoins. In the beginning, they opened up the blogging platform to payments from users in countries where Paypal or credit card companies weren’t supported.

Overstock.com

Overstock was the very first online retailer that started accepting Bitcoin in early 2014. By entering the partnership with Coinbase, which is one of the most popular Bitcoin exchanges, Overstock allowed its customers to pay for goods (laptops, television sets and much more.) with Bitcoins. When wishing to purchase something with Bitcoin, you can simply choose the “Pay with Bitcoin” option on their official page.

Expedia

Expedia is known for being one of the largest travel online booking agencies. In 2014, they enabled the option of paying for their hotel bookings with Bitcoins. Just like Overstock, Expedia established the partnership with Coinbase in order to implement this new payment option. Since 2014, their goal is to make Bitcoin an official mean of payment for hotel bookings, flights, and other activities.

eGifter

It is maybe impossible to spend Bitcoins at every website or offline store, but you have the option to use Bitcoins to purchase gift cards for places that actually don’t accept BTC as currency. eGifter is a gift card shop and mobile app that allows users to purchase gift cards for various places, such as Amazon, Home Depot, Sephora, JCPenny and much more.

TigerDirect

TigerDirect, which is a large electronics retailer, entered the collaboration with Coinbase, accepting Bitcoin purchases in early 2014. Customers can choose between 200,000 products and at TigerDirect and select Bitcoin as their payment method.

Shopify

Shopify is an e-commerce platform that allows merchants to set up their own online shops in order to sell their products similar to eBay. Since this all started in late 2013, more than 75,000 Shopify merchants were able to accept Bitcoin payments with a help of BitPay.

Pizza bought for 10,000 BTC – Bitcoin Pizza Day 

7 years ago, on May the 22nd 2010, an American and a Brit made history. The guy wanted to buy pizza, so he offered 10,000 bitcoins for two pizzas. The Brit wanted to pay with new cryptocurrency with a very low market value, so he phoned Papa John’s and sent the American the pizza he wanted. The offer was accepted, so transaction was done. At that time, the value of the BTC was only $0.07, while it would be more than $20 million today!

That event represented the first real world transaction with decentralized free market money in history, so it later became the event which bitcoiners celebrate every year on May the 22nd, called “Bitcoin Pizza Day”. In 2010, the programmer Laszlo Hanyecz paid a fellow Bitcoin Talk forum user 10,000 BTC for two Papa John’s pizzas. Back then, this technology was just one year old. The overall price of this transaction was roughly $25. When we do some simple maths, we can conclude that it was the most expensive pizza in the history.

Other platforms that accept BTC

Here is the list of other major platforms that accept Bitcoin as a payment method:

Subway – Eat fresh

Virgin Galactic – Richard Branson company that includes Virgin Mobile and Virgin Airline

OkCupid – Online dating site

Namecheap – Domain name registrar

CheapAir.com – Travel booking site for airline tickets, car rentals, hotels

Gyft – Buy giftcards using Bitcoin

Newegg.com – Online electronics retailer now uses bitpay to accept bitcoin as payment

Dell – American privately owned multinational computer technology company

– Wikipedia –  The Free Encyclopedia with 4 570 000+ article

Steam – Desktop gaming platform

Alza – Largest Czech online retailer

The Internet Archive – web documatation company

Bitcoin.Travel – a travel site that provides accommodation, apartments, attractions, bars, and beauty salons around the world

The Pirate Bay – BitTorrent directories

Zynga – Mobile gaming

EZTV – Torrents TV shows provider

Mega.co.nz – The new venture started by the former owner of MegaUpload Kim Dotcom

Lumfile – Free cloud base file server – pay for premium services

Etsy Vendors – 93 of them

PizzaForCoins.com – Domino’s Pizza signed up – pay for their pizza with bitcons

Bitcoincoffee.com – Buy your favorite coffee online

Seoclerks.com – Get SEO work done on your site cheap

Mint.com – Mint pulls all your financial accounts into one place. Set a budget, track your goals and do more

Bloomberg.com – Online newspaper

Humblebundle.com – Indie game site

BigFishGames.com – Games for PC, Mac and Smartphones (iPhone, Android, Windows)

Square – Payment processor that help small businesses accept credit cards using iPhone, Android or iPad

Gap, GameStop and JC Penney – have to use eGifter.com

Dish Network – An American direct-broadcast satellite service provider

Euro Pacific – A major precious metal dealer

Grooveshark – Online music streaming service based in the United States

Future of Bitcoin online shopping

With having numerous companies that accept the change and others that are currently getting ready to do it, Bitcoins are becoming more and more spread each day. Small businesses are also among the users, not wishing to miss this unique chance. There’s a large number of small shops who switched to Bitcoin as well. This growing technology enables transferring digital funds to be easier on daily basis. Smartphones and tablets also play a significant role in this transition. There are also various retail store that carry gift cards which can be bought with paper money.

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