Even though Bitcoin is still seen as something worth holding rather than spending on various products, there are numerous online retailers who went to great lengths to integrate payment options for the said cryptocurrency.
Nowadays, you can buy practically anything with Bitcoin, from VPN services to home goods, to pizza, to plane tickets. Below is a list with some of the top online stores accepting Bitcoin as payment for their products.
Microsoft is one of the first tech giants to accept Bitcoin as an official payment method for some of its top products ever since 2014. By adding Bitcoins to your Microsoft account, you can buy anything from Windows 10 licenses to games, movies, and apps in the Windows and Xbox stores. Microsoft temporarily stopped accepting Bitcoins because of their inherent volatility issues but have started to once again accept them as a form of payment later on.
Overstock was one of the first big online retailers to start accepting Bitcoins as payment for their products way back in 2014. The online store allows its customers to pay for a plethora of products using Bitcoins, starting from electronics such as TV sets and laptops or computers to home-related products, such as pillows.
What’s most impressive about this retailer, in particular, is the fact that it comes with support for all the major cryptocurrencies out there, not just Bitcoin. These include Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, Monero, and Bitcoin Cash.
Those interested in paying using digital assets can do so by selecting their preferred currency to complete the purchase. Once the payment is sent, the payment system that the company is using will convert the currency into Bitcoins and end the purchase.
The firm planned to sell its retail business to start working on blockchain technology. However, things are not so clear regarding which is the future that the company is planning to take.
We live in a time where it’s easier to travel than ever before, hence, booking your next trip with Bitcoins makes a lot of sense. Expedia is one of the world’s biggest online travel booking agencies and has been accepting Bitcoins since 2014. Expedia teamed up with Coinbase to implement this new payment option which has proved a success over the last couple of years. Unfortunately, Bitcoin payment is currently only accepted for hotel bookings.
eGifter is an online service that allows you to use your hard-earned Bitcoins to purchase gift cards from places that don’t directly accept Bitcoins, such as Amazon, JCPenny, Sephora, Home Depot, Kohl’s and many others. Just like Expedia and Overstock, eGifter is also a partner of Coinbase.
Shopify (Shopify stores)
You may be familiar with Shopify, a world-renowned e-commerce platform that allows merchants to set up their own online shops and sell goods in a similar way to Amazon, eBay, and other online giants. In 2013, all Shopify merchants received the option to accept Bitcoin payments with the help of a service called BitPay.
In theory, you can’t buy anything from Shopify’s site itself using Bitcoin, since their SaaS platform does not accept cryptocurrencies. This option is only available for merchants using the Shopify platform using services like Coinbase Commerce.
CheapAir is an American flight booking service that allows you to pay for flights using a wide range of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin included. The service allows you to make both domestic and international flight bookings. To take advantage of CheapAir’s Bitcoin payment system, you must have a Coinbase wallet.
Newegg is one of the biggest electronic retail companies and accepts Bitcoin as a standard payment method by using BitPay as its official payment processing partner. Currently, Newegg accepts Bitcoin for a decent range of products and services except will call orders, Newegg gift cards, marketplace items, subscription orders, premier memberships, return shipping labels. Some of the most popular choices for users paying with Bitcoin are hardware parts for computers, as well as mining hardware.
Remember the story about the guy that spent 10,000 Bitcoins for two Papa John’s pizzas way back in 2010? Not saying that buying pizza with Bitcoin will result in a similar mistake, but nowadays, you can get your pizza by spending close to 50 cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin included) at PizzaForCoins.
The service acts as a sort of intermediary as it first locates a pizza venture close to your location, and then allows you to order it and pay for it digitally. Do keep in mind that a small fee for the service is included in the final payment amount.
Reeds Jewelers is a prominent US-based fine jeweler with lots of locations spanning over 13 states. From Reeds Jewelers, you can buy anything from jewelry to premium watches and loose diamonds. Not only can you pay with Bitcoin in all of these locations, but the service includes free delivery via armored transport for any purchases of loose diamonds valued at more than $25,000.
Gyft is an online gift card service that allows you to purchase goods from an impressive array of online retailers (more than 200, to be exact). The service offers cards for retailers such as Southwest Airlines, Whole Foods, CVS Pharmacy, Hotels.com, and Target among others. To purchase cards from Gyft, you need to have a Coinbase account.
More Stamps Global
More Stamps Global has just recently announced that it will start accepting payments via “forty different popular cryptocurrencies.” As expected, Bitcoin is among these cryptocurrencies. More Stamps Global allows you to choose from flights, car rentals, hotel bookings, and all sorts of other traveling packages.
Bitcoinshirt.co is an online retailer specialized in selling “funky” Bitcoin merchandise, such as T-shirts, hoodies, coffee mugs, hats, posters, and more. The online store is renowned for its creative designs, which can be bought using more than 30 different types of online cryptocurrencies.
Star Jets International
One of the companies that added support for Bitcoin is Star Jets International, a private company dealing with business customers that want to have their own private flights in different parts of the world.
According to EconoTimes, users can now pay for their flights using Bitcoin, the most popular digital asset in the market. The customer can easily select the destination and starting airport and enjoy a private flight to arrive on time to an important meeting.
Ricky Sitomer, the CEO of Star Jets International, mentioned that Bitcoin is becoming widely accepted everywhere around the world.
On the matter, he commented:
“Bitcoin is becoming an increasingly accepted method of payment and we want our customers to have the flexibility to pay via that medium of exchange.”
Norwegian Air, one of the most important airline companies in Europe announced that it is working on a solution to be able to accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for the tickets they sell to clients around the world.
As reported by Yahoo Finance, the firm is not only going to be accepting Bitcoin, but it will also be opening its own cryptocurrency exchange. Users that are living in Norway will be able to purchase flights using Bitcoin in a fast and secure way. The firm operates a fleet of 195 aircraft with 500 routes around the world.
With cryptocurrency payments, it is possible to reduce costs for companies related to their credit and debit card operations. With Bitcoin and other digital assets, it is possible to reduce the fees paid by companies and start offering cheaper tickets as well.
Garbarino Viajes, an Argentine company selling flight and hotel tickets, informed that users are now able to purchase for these products and services using Bitcoin. Their official report says that Bitcoin is a currency that allows users to exchange goods and services and that has many benefits compared to fiat currencies.
Users will now be able to have a more streamlined payment process in which they would only have to send the BTC in order to get the tickets and hotel rooms. With the expansion of firms accepting the largest digital currency, they are going to be reaching new highs in the near future.
The telecommunication giant AT&T started accepting Bitcoin payments for bills earlier this year. According to an official press release, the firm announced that they wanted to offer improved solutions and expand their services.
On the matter, Kevin McDorman the vice president of AT&T Communications Finance Business Operations commented:
“We have customers who use cryptocurrency, and we are happy we can offer them a way to pay their bills with the method they prefer.”
Users that want to pay using the most famous cryptocurrency can do so while using myAT&T application selecting the BitPay option for payments. BitPay is one of the most recognized companies helping merchants, individuals and firms to process payments in virtual currencies (Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash).
One of the most popular pron sites around the world, PornHub, announced that it started accepting digital currencies back in 2018. This would have helped the firm attract a larger number of premium viewers and visitors.
According to some reports, the online porn provider explained that less than 1% of the purchases that are made through virtual currencies. At the moment, there is no information regarding the number of payments that individuals do on the platform. This is making it difficult to create an estimation of which is the amount of funds that the firm is receiving in digital assets.
The first cryptocurrency that was accepted by the platform was Verge (XVG), currently the 71st largest digital asset in the market with a valuation of $89.68 million, according to CoinMarketCap.
Travala, a hotel and accommodation booking website with a large number of hotels on its catalogue, is currently accepting payments in Bitcoin, XRP, Binance Coin (BNB), TrueUSD (TUSD) and other digital assets.
This firm is similar to CheapAir and Garbarino Viajes. There is a large number of users that are travelling and that is interested in purchasing their hotel rooms and plane tickets using virtual currencies. Users on the platform can travel to up to 82,000 destinations located around the world and select hotel rooms from 550,000 different properties.
The firm was launched in 2018 and it aimed at providing a blockchain-based travel system for individuals around the world. While Expedia dropped Bitcoin payments, there are other firms that are moving into this direction.
PlayBoy TV launched last year a new payment option with the intention to help users make payments using digital assets. The adult content network has been working on a dedicated crypto wallet and they are expected to accept the Vice digital currency for the industry.
Reena Patel, the Chief Operations Officer, Licensing and Media for PlayBoy Enterprises, commented that there is growing popularity of other means of payment. This is why the firm considered that it was important to give their community increased payment flexibility. In the future, the company may include the crypto payments into other business lines such as virtual reality initiatives.
As expected, this is just a small number of individual online stores and retailers that accept Bitcoin as a form of payment. However, the ones mentioned in our list are well-established stores with good popularity and good community backing, which means that they are very safe options.
Therefore, if you happen to own some Bitcoins and you want to spend them online, you can’t go wrong with any of these options.