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A number of large companies are now accepting Bitcoin, opening up a wide variety of different products.
The virtual currency has received a lot of hype over the last year, but while it’s popular among techy crowds, many are still wondering what you can buy with Bitcoin.
There are a lot of small, quirky businesses that accept Bitcoin, some of which we listed in our quick-start BTC guide.
Here’s our overview of companies that accept Bitcoin:
Similar to Amazon, overstock.com is an online retailer that sells furniture, home goods, clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, and electronics.
It also operates a fair trade division called Worldstock, which sells handmade goods from artisans in developing countries.
More than 1 million different products can be bought on their site, where Bitcoin is a payment option alongside traditional credit cards.
3. Tiger Direct and Newegg
Just this year, two major electronics retail sites have announced that they will be accepting Bitcoin: Tiger Direct and Newegg.
These two, similar sites focus on laptops, tablets, PC components, and cell phones, but they also offer office supplies, sporting goods, home and garden supplies, and automobile supplies.
4. Zoo York snowboards
Quite simply, this famous snowboard brand offers Bitcoin as a payment option on their site.
5. Gift cards
Using eGifter, you can turn your Bitcoins into gift cards that you can use at more than 200 different retail stores, including large mainstream brands such as American Eagle Outfitters, Barnes & Noble, CVS, Dominos, The Home Depot, JCPenney and Lowe’s.
While this popular dating site is free to all users, you can pay for an “A-list” premium membership – with Bitcoin, as of April 2013.
This travel agency recently announced that you can now use Bitcoin on their website. While the offering is currently limited to hotels, not plane tickets, and only for users in the US, the company is still the largest in its industry to consider virtual currencies.
Expect more brands and services to join in the future:
Apple recently approved the first Bitcoin wallet after a temporary ban, eBay is “actively considering” integrating it with PayPal, and Master Card has filed a patent that would integrate Bitcoin with traditional payment methods in a global shopping cart.
And it’s not just online retailers: Coinbase and Bitpay, two major popular Bitcoin service providers, have signed up more than 30,000 merchants each to accept the currency.