Who the F*$% Accepts Bitcoin?
In the beginning…
1 On May 18 of 2010, the market created consensus network valuation and the open-source, decentralized economy.
2 And the market was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep state. And the Spirit of the market moved upon the face of central banking.
3 And the market said, let there be a price for Bitcoin; and there was a price for Bitcoin.
4 And the market saw Bitcoin, that it was good, and the market divided Bitcoin from fiat..
5 And the market called Bitcoin, Day, and fiat, it called Night. And Laszio’s transaction of two large Papa John’s pizza’s the first day.
Laszio Hanyecz ended up paying $30 (10,000 bitcoin) for 2 large Domino’s pizza’s and tip…
Today, you can still spend your bitcoin on pizza for all of you pizza lovers out there…
… But, what else can I buy using bitcoin?
The entire Bitcoin ecosystem has changed quite a bit since Laszio’s first recorded valuation. This comprehensive essay is designed to help you better understand who accepts bitcoin as payment, what you can buy, where you can buy it, when new merchants are opening near your location, why bitcoin is a better payment system and option, and how to get started.
Bitcoin’s notoriety in the marketplace largely stems from its use to purchase illicit goods on the infamous black market, the Silk Road. Bitcoin, introduces programmable money the economy, use as a currency is just the first application. It also represents the only non-fiat, deflationary currency with a defined hard limit of supply in existence.
The Bitcoin blockchain allows for many financial services to be done by users of the network instead of board members of a company or heads of an institution.
While we wait for businesses like Amazon, Whole Foods, and Walmart to accept bitcoin directly, the Bitcoin ecosystem hasn’t waited around for them. Innovators have created a number of creative, and user friendly workarounds that allow customers to use their bitcoin at these places and dozens of other retailers late to the party.
Buy, Send, and Redeem Gift Cards
One of the most convenient ways to share the gift of Bitcoin, is with a gift card. Gift cards are extremely popular gifts, especially around the holiday season. However, a significant amount of recipients never redeem them in part or in full.
According to a study conducted by Cardhub in 2014, nearly $44 billion dollars worth of gift card dollars remain unclaimed. Furthermore, in a recent report titled Gift Cards: State of the Union, Growth and Risk in 2015 by professional services firm CEB Global, (now Gartner) revealed nearly $1 billion worth of gift cards went unredeemed in 2015.
Using Bitcoin based gift cards in place of traditional gift cards can completely fill this gap, down to the last satoshi. If you’ve got a wallet full of gift cards, you know how inconvenient it be can to manage them.
The first major bitcoin based gift card company, Gyft, was launched in 2012 — the same year it was a finalist at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. The Bitcoin gift card ecosystem has grown leaps and bounds since that TechCrunch event.
It’s now 2017, and Gyft finds itself smack in the middle of a highly competitive marketplace, with major competitor eGifter.com in it’s rear view mirror.
Both sites have user-friendly interfaces, make buying gift cards a very easy, and quick process. In February of 2016, Gyft stopped incentivizing their customers with it’s 2% reward point program. eGifter.com however, still has a rewards program.
Gyft’s featured retailers include:
Bloomingdale’s, Chili’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Hollister, Lowe’s, Macy’s, Nike, Sephora, Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, Target, The Home Depot, UBER, Under Armor, Whole Foods and more.
Click here for direct access to Gyft’s featured retailers list.
eGifter featured retailers include:
Adidas, Amazon, Applebee’s, Best Buy, Burger King, CVS Pharmacy, Domino’s Pizza, eBay, Express, Nintendo eShop, Nordstrom, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Target, TJ-Mark, The Home Depot, The Cheesecake Factory and more.
Click here for direct access to eGifter.com’s featured retailers page.
If you are looking for an online database that will help you locate retailers and merchants who accept bitcoin, below, are two suggestions for you to check out…
Spendbitcoins.com, is the largest directory of places you can spend your bitcoins with over 100,000 merchants in their database.
Here, you can find almost anything you’d like to buy with bitcoin by searching or browsing their directory.
The other site to check out is Spenbdabit.co.
Spendabit.co is on online Google-like database that allows users to search a wide variety of products from over 500 merchants.
Tipping & Charity
Bitcoin is THE BEST possible way to donate. Why?
If you want to pay somebody $.05 cents online, it’s not possible to do so using any of the legacy payment processors. In a card not present transaction, if you’re trying to use a credit card online, your can’t just jam it into the computer. There is a minimum $.30 cent change, plus a 2% additional charge on that transaction.
If I’m trying to charge you $.05 cents as a business owner or content creator, and it’s going to cost me $.30 cents to do it, that transaction simply won’t occur.
You might remember when the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Red Cross ran a great campaign where you could text $1 USD to help the victims. However, this was a one time thing. You haven’t seen this service provided since because in that instance, every payment processor was willing to waive their fees to encourage donations.
Furthermore, if you want to donate $1 USD, $.30 cents of that donation is going to the payment processor. This means only $.70 cents of your donation is actually going to the charity or organization.
This is a very ineffective way to donate money.
Because the transaction costs can be as low as zero with no minimums using Bitcoin, it doesn’t matter whether you give $100, $20, $1 or only $.25 cents…
100% of that donation will go to the charity.
Pay it forward, with Bitcoin.
One of the most rewarding ways to spend your bitcoins is by donating to good cause. Below are four organizations helping to bring awareness to donating with bitcoin.
Bitcoincharity.com mission is to promote Bitcoin for donations and charitable organizations.
Founded in 2013, BitGive was the first Bitcoin 501(c)(3) nonprofit, giving it tax exemption status at the federal level in the United States. BitGive has built a positive philanthropic representative organization for the Bitcoin and Blockchain industry, bridging the gap between an innovative technology and its practical applications for nonprofits and humanitarian work in the developing world.
The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, a top-ten internet property.
Another incredible non-profit you can donate to is Human Rights Foundation (HRF). The HRF’s core mission is to effectively promote and protect all universally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms regardless of linguistic or geographic barriers.
Donations made to the HRF are used exclusively for the purpose to guarantee that all organization and sub-organization in the HRF operates in accordance with the missions.
HRF only accepts Bitcoin donations because they care about donor privacy and making sure that governments, government agencies and other services can’t gain access to the funds.
In 2012 we witnessed many governments force payment processors such as Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and others to block the public from financing organizations like WikiLeaks. This is unacceptable. Bitcoin gives the public the option to bypass these government controls.
Donating to the HRF is as easy as scanning the QR code below:
Imagine a world where every single human being can freely share in the sum of all the worlds knowledge. This is the dream of a Bitcoin inspired world.
If you are a regular in the blogosphere, you can use Bitcoin to tip your favorite article writers, and blog post authors. You may also use Bitcoin to buy Reddit Gold as a payment avenue to tip your favorite Redditors.
We briefly touched on spending your bitcoin at restaurants using gift cards, they included…
Chili’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Applebee’s, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread, and The Cheesecake Factory.
You can broaden your search using Bitcoinresturants.net. Their site provides a database of 95 U.S. restaurants that currently accept bitcoin as payment.
Yelp, now also includes businesses in it’s company information section that accept bitcoin.
Initially released in 2003, Steam is a digital distribution platform that offers a variety of PC games to almost 90 million gamers. It is far away the industry standard, owning roughly 70% of the digital distribution market for video games, and 15% of the global PC games market.
Steam first started accepting Bitcoin in April of 2016 when they partnered with Bitpay.
Travel and Transportation
Planning a trip or family vacation?
Looking to buy a new car?
In the past few years, car dealers have shown increasing interest in cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin. There are many car dealers right now that accept Bitcoin but these car dealers are mostly small companies.
Spendbitcoin.com has a database of these small dealerships from around the country.
On January 16, 2017 Daimler Financial Services AG announced that it acquired electronic payment service provider PayCash Europe SA. By gaining a foothold in the ePayment business, Daimler AG will be launching its own electronic payment services provider under the “Mercedes pay” brand name.
Here are four ways for you to purchase a car using your Bitcoins. From luxurious cars to average joe affordable models.
All4btc allows you to purchase from Amazon and eBay using your Bitcoins. This makes it one of the best Bitcoin to cash alternative’s available.
BitPremier is a premium luxury website, primarily for those looking to upgrade to their lifestyle to a sick whip, lock down a luxurious pad on the Upper East Side, that impressive dream yacht you’ve always dreamt of among many other higher roller items.
What about a Honda Accord type automobile?
I don’t need, nor can afford a Lamborghini or Mercedes…
If you missed out on being an early adopter, just want a reliable and mainstream car and don’t happen to have hundreds of bitcoins lying around to spend, you are still in luck.
- Dodge Challenger
- Dodge Ram
- Dodge Charger
- Many more
For a complete list of cars, you can visit their online store, here. They provide live chat support and are able to guide you through your needs depending on your budget.
** Please note some dealerships listed may have changed policy and are no longer accepting Bitcoin.
Bitcoin in space?
Virgin Galactic doesn’t want you to be left out of the Bitcoin party, or for you miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime. If you lucky enough to be a Bitcoin whale, Virgin Galactic will gladly accept bitcoin as payment and take you to Earth’s outer atmosphere.
How to buy things on Amazon without eGifter.com…
RewardsPay® lets you pay with your cash rewards, miles, or points from credit cards, hotels, airlines, and other rewards programs for goods and services at leading merchants.
Just visit the Amazon gift card page, then apply the value to your account. You can buy Amazon products with bitcoin using any wallet e.g. Coinbase, Blockchain, etc.
You can tap into the liquidity of your bitcoin balance to purchase Amazon gift cards, and any Amazon products.
User generated articles have popped up all over the place promoting Bitcoin on e Commerce sites like eBay.
Bitcoin is a huge cost saver for merchants, by accepting bitcoin they can double their bottom line simply by changing the method of payment they take. A customer who pays using BitPay (1%, sometimes 0%) instead of using VISA, saves that merchant 2–5%, depending on the payment processor.
Below is a short representation of over 200 merchants that work with Coinbase from their site. Click the link for a complete merchant list.
There are a number of debit and credit card options that allows you to swipe your bitcoins as easily as any other debit or credit card…
Check out weusecoins article here, to learn more about these options.
AirBitz Wallet Directory
AirBitz is one of the most popular mobile Bitcoin wallets for both new and experienced users. The team of developers have added a number of really helpful features within their Airbitz wallet.
Within the AirBitz app is an entire directory with nearby locations where users can spend their bitcoin directly with merchants including restaurants, gift cards, coffee & tea, electronics, shopping and BTM’s (Bitcoin ATM’s).
AirBitz users can also save 15–20% buying Amazon gift cards through the wallet app.
Bitcoin, Legal Tender in Japan
The new Japanese rules enacted by the Financial Services Agency went into effect on April 1, establishing bitcoin as a legitimate payment method by putting rules on businesses in the industry. They include minimum capital requirements, segregating customer accounts, and monitoring potential criminal activity.
Bitcoin is already being accepted by over 260,000 merchants in Japan, with new businesses being added every day.
Nikkei has reported about 4,500 stores in Japan accepted Bitcoin prior to the new law. The explosion to 260,000 Japanese merchants accepting bitcoin as payment by summer is a six fold increase.
Japan is the world’s 3rd biggest economy according to the World Economic Forum, and electronic money is extremely popular in Japan. Japan will serve as a petri dish experiment in economic terms, and its success or failure will dictate whether other major world economies will follow suite.
List of Companies that Accept Bitcoin as Payment
Many companies in the US are accepting bitcoins, however, many still are not.
Below is a list of the biggest and smaller companies who accepts bitcoin as a currency not already previously listed above.
Link’s provide direct access to companies bitcoin payment page or how to.
WordPress.com — WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL very popular for blogging.
Namecheap — Namecheap, Inc. is an ICANN accredited registrar, which provide services on domain name registration, and offer for sale domain names that are registered to third parties. It is also a web hosting company, based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dell — Dell Inc. is a multinational computer technology company based in Round Rock, Texas and, along with Dell EMC, is a subsidiary of Dell Technologies, one of the largest technology companies in the world with 138,000 employees.
Wikipedia — Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia, created and edited by volunteers around the world and hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
Alza — Alza.cz a.s. leader internetového trhu a inovátor largeest e-commerce Czech online retailer.
The Internet Archive — Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music.
Bitcoin.Travel — Book your travel with bitcoins using our services. Find flights, hotels, cars, tours and activities and plan your trip with Bitcoin. Travel.
BTCTrip — Travel and leisure with Bitcoins. The travel agency of the cryptocurrencies communities.
Pembury Tavern — Pembury Tavern became the first London pub to accept bitcoin.
Old Fitzroy — Old Fitzroy was the first pub/hotel to accept bitcoin in Sydney, Australia.
The Pink Cow — The Pink Cow was the first restaurant in Japan to take Bitcoins! You can also buy and sell your bitcoins at The Pink Cow. They have an ATM!
The Pirate Bay — Download music, movies, games, software and much more. The Pirate Bay is the galaxy’s most resilient BitTorrent.
Zynga — Online games & mobile games offer limitless fun! Play the most popular free games around by Zynga.
4Chan.org — 4chan is a simple image-based bulletin board where anyone can post comments and share images anonymously.
EZTV — EZTV, is your one stop source for all your favorite TV shows. FREE downloads! Watch more TV Series than ever.
Mega.co.nz — An Internet services provider founded by.former owner of MegaUpload Kim Dotcom.
Lumfile –The LUM file extension is a cloud based platform related to Luminous projection software and used for song lists.
Etsy Vendors — Etsy is a peer-to-peer e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items. Over 90 vendors currently accept bitcoin for payment.
Whole Foods — Whole Foods Market Inc. is an American supermarket chain exclusively featuring foods without artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated fats. (Whole Foods can be purchased using a gift card from Gyft, or eGifter.com)
BitCoffee.eu — BitCoffee is the first Coffee Store to accept only virtual Bitcoin. Every purchase will promote the use and development of the currency. They will deliver to any country in the European Union, USA, Russia, Canada and Australia.
Grass Hill Alpacas — Grass Hill Alpacas is located on 115 acres that has been in the family for over 125 years. It is popular for it’s comfortable socks.
Jefferson’s Store — Authorized Streetwear, Sportswear & Skate Online Retailer of Mitchell & Ness , Embellish NYC, New Era.
Helen’s Pizza — Helen’s Pizza is a family owned restaurant serving Downtown Jersey City. (You can get a slice of pizza for 0.00339 bitcoin by pointing your phone at a sign next to the cash register).
A Class Limousine — A Class Limousine’s mission is to gain the leadership position in customer satisfaction in the limousine business.
Seoclerks.com — SEOClerks is a marketplace originally designed for SEO services. SEO offers a Want to Buy and Want to Trade section where users can ask for anything for their website.
Mint.com — Manage your money, pay your bills and track your credit score with Mint. Now that’s being good with your money.
Fancy.com — Fancy is a social photo sharing webstore and mobile app created by Joseph Einhorn based in New York.
BigFishGames.com — Big Fish Games is a casual gaming company based in Seattle, Washington, United States. It is both a developer and distributor of casual games for computers and mobile devices.
Suntimes.com — The Chicago Sun-Times is a daily newspaper published in Chicago, Illinois. It is the flagship paper of the Sun-Times Media Group.
San Jose Earthquakes — The San Jose Earthquakes is an American professional soccer team based in San Jose, California, United States, that competes as a member of the Western Conference of Major League Soccer.
Square — Square, Inc. is a financial services, merchant services aggregator and mobile payment company based in San Francisco, California.
Crowdtilt.com — Tilt, formerly Crowdtilt is a crowdfunding company that allows for groups and communities to collect, fundraise, or pool money online. The company is legally certified in securing fundraisers for nonprofit organizations.
Museum of the Coastal Bend — The Museum of the Coastal Bend showcases the rich multi-cultural heritage of the mid-coastal region of Texas. The Museum’s mission is to enhance the appreciation and enjoyment of the region’s heritage. The Museum’s purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, interpret, and educate using the history and heritage of the region.
Gap — The Gap, Inc., commonly known as Gap Inc. or Gap, is an American worldwide clothing and accessories retailer. (eGifter)
GameStop — GameStop Corp., or simply referred to as GameStop, is an American video game, consumer electronics, and wireless services retailer. (eGifter)
JC Penney — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. is an American department store chain with 1,014 locations in 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.(eGifter)
Fight for the Future — Fight for the Future is a nonprofit advocacy group in the area of digital rights founded in 2011 dedicated to protecting and expanding the Internet’s transformative power in our lives by creating civic campaigns that are engaging for millions of people.
i-Pmart (ipmart.com.my) — Malaysia’s Largest Online Gadget Shop with latest Android Devices, Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops, Cameras, Phones and more.
curryupnow.com — A total of 12 restaurants on the list of restaurants accept bitcoins in San Francisco Bay Area
JM Bullion — JM Bullion is the leading online bullion dealer in the United States
Dish Network — Dish Network is an American direct-broadcast satellite service provider. As of November 2016, the company provided services to 13.7 million television and 580,000 broadband subscribers.
The Libertarian Party — The U.S. Libertarian political Party accepts Bitcoin donations through the services of BitPay.
Yacht-base.com — Yacht Base, Croatia’s biggest yacht charter agency, is now accepting bitcoins for boat rentals through BitPay.
Euro Pacific Capital — An investment firm led by Peter Schiff that helps retail and institutional investors diversify out of the U.S. dollar. As of 2014, his firm started accepting bitcoin for precious metals through BitPay.
CEX — CEX.IO is a platform where you can easily buy Bitcoins with your ordinary VISA/MasterCard.
Straub Auto Repairs — Automotive Repair Shop, Warburton Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 — (914) 478–1177
Intuit — Intuit Inc. is a business and financial software company that develops and sells financial, accounting and tax preparation software and related services for small businesses, accountants and individuals.
Lv.net — LV.Net offers a whole range of Internet solutions to businesses, government, travelers and homes in the Las Vegas Area.
ExpressVPN.com — Top rated VPN for 2017. Unblock websites & protect all your devices. 24/7 support. VPN for Windows, Mac, Android, and iPhone.
Braintree — Braintree, a subsidiary of PayPal, is a company based in Chicago that specializes in mobile and web payment systems for ecommerce companies.
MIT Coop Store — Massachusetts Institute of Technology Kendall Square Student Bookstore
SimplePay — THE SIMPLE WAY. Since 2013, we help Nigerian businesses accept card payments (Mastercard, Visa and Verve). SimplePay is Nigeria’s most popular web and mobile-based wallet service.
SFU Bookstore — Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. The first Canadian University to accept bitcoin.
State Republican Party — The Republican Party of Louisiana (LAGOP) is now accepting contributions in bitcoin via its official webpage.
mspinc.com — MSPINC has been providing customers with respiratory equipment and service since 1989.
Shopify.com — Shopify is a Canadian e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, that develops computer software for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems.
Famsa — Grupo Famsa is a retail company engaged in the purchase and sale of household appliances, electronic products, furniture, clothing and other consumer products in Mexico and United States.
Bitcoin.Directory — Bitcoin Porn: Database of Adult & Sex websites that accept bitcoins.
Mexico’s Universidad de las Américas Puebla — A coffee shop located on the campus of Mexico’s Universidad de las Américas Puebla.
LOT Polish Airlines — Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S.A., trading as LOT Polish Airlines, is the flag carrier of Poland. Based in Warsaw and established in 1929, it is one of the world’s oldest airlines still in operation.
MovieTickets.com — MovieTickets.com is an online movie ticketing website founded by AMC Theatres and Hollywood.com in 2000.
Lionsgate Films — Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation, doing business as Lionsgate, is an American, Canadian-domiciled entertainment & media company.
Rakuten — Rakuten, Inc. is a Japanese electronic commerce and Internet company based in Tokyo. Its B2B2C e-commerce platform Rakuten Ichiba is the largest e-commerce site in Japan and among the world’s largest by sales.
Badoo — Badoo — chat, date and meet with over 330 million people. Join our community and make friends in your area.
RE/MAX London — RE/MAX London is the UK-based franchisee of the global real estate network.
T-Mobile Poland — T-Mobile’s Poland-based mobile phone
Stripe — Stripe is a San Francisco-based payments company operating in over 25 countries, that allows both private individuals and businesses to accept payments over the Internet. Stripe focuses on providing the technical, fraud prevention, and banking infrastructure required to operate on-line payment systems
WebJet — Webjet Limited is a travel booking website offering flights, hotels, holiday packages, cruises, car hire, travel insurance and travel deals. The company has operations in Australia, New Zealand, North America, Singapore and Hong Kong.
NCR Silver — NCR Silver offers unmatched support, simplified point-of-sale technology and a no-compromise commitment to helping you succeed.
One Shot Hotels — One Shot Hotels are a small young Spanish chain of hotels.
Coupa Café — Local chain restaurant serving Venezuelan specialties, organic single-estate coffee & sweet snacks in Palo Alto.
PureVPN — PureVPN is a VPN service provider that offers most secure and the fastest VPN service.
ThatsMyFace.com — ThatsMyFace.com produces Custom Action Figures, Dolls & Masks from your Photos. It doesn’t matter where you live, the company ships worldwide.
Foodler — Foodler is a North American online food ordering service that connects consumers with a wide variety of restaurants for immediate delivery.
Note: More bitcoins companies, stores, merchants will be added as they’re announced!
And there you have it. If I missed anything, let me know in the comment section.