Say it with chocolate… Pay it with bitcoin.
Bitcoin. Sounds like something Mario would’ve chased after in the 90s. Ten short years ago it was just a twinkle in a developer’s eye but in recent years bitcoin has become accepted at over 100,000 merchants and vendors across the world.
So what actually is it?
Basically bitcoin is a digital currency which was released as open-source software in 2009. It’s not like normal currency in that no single institution controls the bitcoin network. Some people like this because it means that a large bank can’t control their money. It also doesn’t come in the form of coins and notes.
And what’s so great about it?
Plenty! Bitcoin transactions are military grade secure meaning nobody can charge you money or make a payment on your behalf. As long as you take the required steps to protect your wallet, bitcoin can give you control over your money and a strong level of protection against fraud. You can also send international payments using IconFast. This means no banks to make you wait three business days, no extra fees for making an international transfer, and no limits on the amount you can send. Plus there are no credit card numbers for any loitering fraudsters to clone.
The really great news is you can now spend bitcoin on all sorts of random things. From vindaloos to villas there’s something for everyone with bitcoin – and yes you can even buy chocolate!
Here at Love Cocoa we’re proud to now accept bitcoin as payment for all your chocolate gifts, whether it’s a treat for a loved one or just for yourself! So to celebrate we’ve put together a list of the 10 most interesting things you can buy with bitcoins – from everyday stuff to the rather more wacky…
- Your weekend takeaway
Well OK, any night of the week really. When all you can think about is a four cheese pizza or a large chicken chow mein you don’t need much persuasion… and who needs a reason anyway?! Celebrate the fact there’s a Y in the day by logging on to takeaway.com where you’ll find around 8,000 restaurants listed who accept bitcoin as payment. Yum!
- The feel-good factor
A really rewarding way to spend your bitcoins is to make someone’s day that bit brighter. You can use bitcoins to tip article and blog post authors, or use it to donate to charities including the Wikimedia Foundation. You can also buy Reddit Gold with bitcoin, and give it out as gratitude for the user who posts your favourite pictures of dogs wearing sunglasses!
- The penthouse in Spain
We just had to include this. We’ve rather stepped it up a gear here but if you happen to have a spare 6,676 bitcoins (1.78 million Euros) we’ve seen a stunning 3 bedroom ocean front super luxury villa near Malaga. Ok, back down to earth now...
Companies like Microsoft and Green Man Gaming have recently started offering games and other apps for bitcoin. The number being offered is only going to grow as time goes on so check online regularly.
- An Americano in Prague
Yep there’s a coffee shop in Prague that only accepts bitcoin where you even help yourself to your drinks and snacks so you don’t need to wait around. There’s no cash register or queues which is great – just don’t turn up with Euros!
- Your hotel using Expedia
OK so that penthouse in Malaga was just a bit out of your price range. But fear not as a cheap week in the sun can still be had using Expedia, who have accepted bitcoin as payment for hotel bookings since 2014. Hurrah!
- Your website upgrade with Wordpress
Got a website for your business? Regularly blog about a crazy hobby you have? Wordpress is the number one website building platform and whilst it’s still free to use, now you can pay for any upgrades with bitcoin.
- Some underwear
Well we all need it! Whether it’s for yourself or your significant other, you can now use bitcoin to buy Victoria's (not so) Secret lingerie via a gift card from Gyft. Just so you know.
And last but not least…
Did we mention that all of our gorgeous British-made chocolate gifts here at Love Cocoa can now be paid for using bitcoin? Oh we did?
Well what are you waiting for, time to get ordering! Go on - there is a Y in the day after all…