Bitcoin is the oldest and most prominent cryptocurrency in the market today. It also sports the highest merchant adoption rate with over 100,000 merchants across the globe accepting bitcoin as a means of payment. In this post, you will be introduced to seven major websites that let you pay with bitcoin that you probably didn’t expect.
Expedia is one of the largest online travel companies in the world. Collectively, Expedia covers virtually every aspect of planning, research and booking your travels. This ranges from choosing the best airplane seat, reading hotel reviews and planning what to do in a destination once you arrive. Expedia serves both businesses and holidayers with budgets and tastes ranging from modest to luxury. It also allows you to pay in bitcoin since 2014.
OkCupid is one of the biggest dating sites out there with more than 30 million active users of which around a million logging in every day. OkCupid started accepting bitcoin as a form of payment from users in 2013. In Forbes, OkCupid CEO Sam Yagan stated that the Bitcoin integration was a forward-looking move, driven not by user demand but by the imperative to embrace a technology that’s not going away.
Namecheap is one of the world’s leading domain and web hosting companies. In 2013, Namecheap announced that it has started to accept bitcoin as a form of payment for all its services. Also, in response to popular demand, Namecheap stated that it would accept payments in bitcoin with “zero confirmations”. This means that they would be providing services to customers before they actually receive the funds.
Fiverr is the world’s largest marketplace for low-cost digital services. A customer is able to get logo designs, whiteboards, marketing services and more starting from only five dollars. Currently, Fiverr lists more than three million services on the site. The site is primarily used by freelancers to offer their services to customers worldwide. In addition, Fiverr also has an iOS and Android app. Fiverr is another large company that announced a partnership with payment processor Coinbase to accept payments in Bitcoin. Coinbase called Fiverr “the first large services marketplace to accept bitcoin”.
Shopify is a Canadian e-commerce company that develops computer software for retail point-of-sale systems and online stores. The company was founded in the year 2004 and reports that it has 275,000 merchants using its platform, with a total gross merchandise volume exceeding ten million dollars. In an article published on CoinDesk, Shopify announced that it would add Bitcoin payment option for its sellers. With a base of over 70,000 online stores which are online, the number of goods that can potentially be purchased with bitcoin has expanded massively.
Save The Children
Save The Children is an international non-governmental organization that helps support children in developing countries and promotes childrens rights. Also, the organization provides emergency aid in war, natural disasters, and other conflicts, and promotes policy changes in order to gain more rights for young people. Save the Children also accepts bitcoin donations through, BitPay which is one of the world’s leading bitcoin payment processors. The organization will be accepting bitcoin donations directly through their personalized BitPay donation page and it keeps 100% of all bitcoin donations with BitPay’s free payment processing.
Virgin Galactic is a spaceflight company and part of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. It is developing commercial space crafts and aims to provide spaceflights to space tourists. Also, the company provides orbital launches of small satellites as well as suborbital launches for space science missions. Richard Branson announced in late 2013 that his commercial space flight venture will accept bitcoin as payment. Virgin Galactic accepted its first purchase with bitcoin from a flight attendant in Hawaii. Richard Branson stated “Virgin Galactic is a bold entrepreneurial technology and is driving revolution – bitcoin is doing just the same.”