Bitcoin has gained tremendous popularity in the last year, and it’s safe to say that it has become one of the world’s most convenient ways of buying, selling and trading things over the internet.
In spite of the many warnings from governments, companies all over the world are starting to understand that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin not only save money but add value to their business.
Here are some of the new businesses and offers that you can jump on using Bitcoin.
Exotic cars for BTC
Prices range from 332.7000 to 999.1000 BTC. Also available is the 2015 McLaren 650S Spider for 671.8000 bitcoins.
While new BTC merchants are springing up all over, we are certainly starting to see more and more car dealerships get on board and implementing the BTC payment option – a trend that is likely to grow over the next few years.
Chinese Residential Complex Accepting Bitcoin as Deposit
A brand new residential complex, Yimei International Mansion, located in the Hubei Province of China, has recently announced that they’re accepting Bitcoin towards a deposit. That being said, this is the first time the crypto currency is being used as payment deposit in the domestic real estate sector. Chief of the e-commerce department for Yimei, Mr. Fu Kai, says:
"The population of Local Jianli People who left home and worked in other bigger cities is around 400,000. Many of them have become elites in respective industries. Those hipsters are familiar with new things. So Bitcoin isn’t strange to them. When they come back to hometown to settle down, Bitcoin deposit might be attractive. To accept Bitcoin as deposit is also in line with our international orientation".
He continued to talk about the digital currency’s decentralization, highlighting that in the past 2 years following the price is like riding on a roller coaster. Nonetheless, in the first quarter of 2014, the price stabilized to an average amount of 3,000 yuan.
Bitcoins can only be used for the deposit but not to buy the apartment, but hopefully this will also be an option in the future for home buyers and potential investors alike.
Bitcoin becomes an option for OmbuShop’s 2,000 Merchants
OmbuShop has recently announced a brand new partnership that will allow 2,000 Latin American merchants to add Bitcoin as a payment mode on their websites. The ecommerce website provider was founded in 2011, and it is mainly focused on merchants that sell clothes and accessories. By accepting cryptocurrency, OmbuShop will enable international customers to sell their products a lot more conveniently. CEO of OmbuShop, Ernesto Tagwerker, mentions:
“We see in bitcoin a great medium to get paid from clients all over the world. Now, Argentine shops can sell to the US and all over the world without having to worry how to get paid.”
Tagwerker additionally mentioned that Bitcoin will be extremely advantageous for merchants because other payment gateways such as Stripe and PayPal are not that common in Argentina. As a matter of fact, Argentinian consumers are not even allowed to use PayPal.
Laundry Locker in San Francisco
A San Francisco-based dry cleaning company, Laundry Locker is accepting Bitcoin payments in 884 locations around the city. They’re even considering expanding and adding another 50 locations if the cryptocurrency movement grows. Laundry Locker was launched in 2005, and the company’s goal is to offer customers convenient, top-quality, and easy dry cleaning and laundering services.
Does your dry cleaner accept Bitcoin? Laundry Locker does now! Changing the way the world does laundry! t.co/Bb4wHytH2X— Laundry Locker (@laundrylocker) August 4, 2014
Apache Software Foundation
Finally, a non-profit organization - the Apache Software Foundation - has just started accepting donations by Bitcoin. The feature was implemented after a reddit user sent an email to apache.org asking if he could donate with Bitcoin:
“I would like to donate using Bitcoin. Can you please post a QR code/address where you can accept donations or do you already support this somehow?”
Soon after that, the user got a reply staying that a Bitcoin QR code had been implemented, and that it can be used for donations. Apache.org is a well-known open-source software organization that includes the Apache web server, Cassandra, Tomcat, Hadoop and nearly 150 other projects. Everyone is welcome to support the organization by making donations via Amazon, PayPal, check, and now Bitcoin.
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