Bitcoin still remains one of the most commonly known and widely accepted cryptocurrencies. Many online merchant companies use it as a real alternative to the fiat currency.
Unfortunately, most of the companies that accept Bitcoins as a payment method work with it, for some reason, in a roundabout way. Payments are made using intermediaries, for example, Paymium and Coinbase, that have internal fees. In their majority, online merchant companies continue to treat Bitcoin with a certain degree of caution. However, they slowly begin to realize that more and more buyers see Bitcoin, and similar cryptocurrencies, as a viable alternative to fiat money. For this reason alone, online merchant companies agree to pay fees and get into trouble of supporting Bitcoin payments.
The Bitcoin enthusiasts have created a number of specialized websites for browsing companies that accept cryptocurrencies in general and Bitcoin in particular. The largest one among such services is spendbitcoins.com: it contains a database of more than 100,000 merchants that accept Bitcoin. Usebitcoins.info is a similar portal with an extended feature set. Coinmap.org is a world map with places where it is possible to pay with crypto marked down. Coinatmradar.com is used to find Bitcoin ATMs.
So, it is obvious that as Bitcoin is on the rise, many companies are planning on adding a possibility of crypto payments. Below, we introduce you to the list of 8 major companies that accept Bitcoin:
- Amazon (not directly!)
Dell is an American-based company producing computer hardware. On Dell.com you can pay for almost anything, even tangible products, with Bitcoins. the payment gateway is powered by Coinbase exchange service. If you have your own Coinbase account, then you can pay for goods directly from it. This will save you from paying fees in the miners’ favour. The fee amounts to almost 1% of your purchase’s price.
PornHub is one of the largest platforms for distributing adult content: videos, live-streams, chatrooms, and more. A few years ago, the PornHub team made an important announcement: it started to accept Verge cryptocurrency. Verge was chosen for its anonymity, obviously. As of right now, among other payment options, there is a possibility to pay for the service using many other cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin.
The payment method is supported by CoinPayments provider, one of the largest on the market. Unfortunately, they do have a fee for their services which has a negative impact on the final price that the customers are paying.
eGifter is one of the most popular websites for purchasing gift cards in the world. The company has a website and a mobile application that offers gift cards for Amazon, Sephora, Home Depot, Kohls, and a variety of other merchants. It is a great opportunity to indirectly buy something with crypto on websites that do not support this payment method. Unfortunately, as we can observe, among larger companies, there are not so many businesses that accept Bitcoin so many crypto enthusiasts have to find a way out of this situation if they do not want to spend their fiat funds.
4Chan is a beloved website and messaging imageboard among crypto users. On 4Chan, users generally post anonymously and the most recent posts appearing above the rest. 4Chan is split into various boards with their own specific content and guidelines. Registration is not possible and the biggest drawback of using the image board is that you have to enter the captcha to post a message. However, every user can contribute to the website with a donation and get a pass to not enter the captcha ever again. 4Chan accepts Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum and Litecoin as a payment method for a 4Chan pass. They are some of the more widely adopted currencies and generally appear on the websites who accept cryptocurrency.
ExpressVPN is one of the largest virtual private network services that allow you to surf online securely and privately. A perfect example among the websites that accept Bitcoins and provide corresponding services: securing your identity online. ExpressVPN is a subscription-based service that accepts Bitcoin.
Microsoft, one of the largest corporations in the entire world, has been accepting Bitcoin for since 2014. They temporarily took a pause in accepting crypto due to the market’s volatility but as of right now they are accepting it again: however, strictly for the Xbox store credits. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, has commented on Bitcoin many times saying things such as “Bitcoin is better than currency”. Such recognition is a huge step for a service who accepts Bitcoin.
However, be mindful: when you deposit your BTC funds into your Microsoft account, you can use it to purchase games, movies, and apps in the Windows and Xbox stores. Under any circumstances, you can’t use these funds to purchase items in the Microsoft online store.
Last but not least, Amazon, one of the biggest online retailers. Despite many instances of false information about Amazon accepting cryptocurrency (some article say that Amazon accepts Bitcoin or just that Amazon accepts cryptocurrency), it is not true. Amazon is not one of the stores that accept Bitcoin. At least, directly. Even if you can’t pay with crypto directly on the website you can buy a gift card with BTC and use it to pay for your purchase on Amazon.
The most loyal members of the crypto community surrounded Bitcoin with a halo of too-good-to-be-true forecasts. However, it is clear as day that Bitcoin will face many obstacles on its way to become a truly widely accepted currency. New achievements will be got on that way as well.
But, despite the obvious problems, the Bitcoin’s creation and growth is a major event for the economy. Not everything will be going as smoothly as we would like but the crypto market is still very young and it’s developing before our eyes. The amount of merchants and services that accept Bitcoin is clear evidence for that. The community is the driving force of Bitcoin development, people’s desire to use a currency that is not controlled by the government.
Judging by the above facts, we can easily conclude that in the following years, the number of websites and services that accept Bitcoin (with or without intermediaries) will only grow. We can’t wait!