These Online Stores Are Bitcoin Only
January 21st, 2020
The number of stores that accept cryptocurrencies such as BTC and BCH is growing. But while such stores will accept bitcoin alongside existing fiat payments, a handful operate in reverse. These online shops are bitcoin only and they’ve no intention of accepting fiat currency – ever.
Your Filthy Fiat’s No Good Here
In a world where everyone used bitcoin, shopping would be much more private. There’d be no risk of card fraud, no credit scores, payment blacklisting, or geo-restrictions. We don’t inhabit that world, however, and probably never will. For bitcoiners curious as to what such a system would resemble, however, there’s a number of online stores that are proudly bitcoin only – and many more that accept BTC and BCH alongside fiat options. Here you can buy all manner of goods and services, but don’t bother reaching for your credit card at checkout. At these discerning stores, everything’s billed in satoshis.
Buy Bitcoin’s Source Code at Pirate Hash
“No fiat accepted” reads the footer of piratehash.com. The BTC-only store sells printed editions of Bitcoin’s alpha source code v0.01. It also stocks genesis block posters, with everything from the block header to the coinbase transaction neatly annotated. There’s also a BTC board game called Hodler of Last Resort which is billed as “coming soon,” but shoppers may blanche at the $1,000 price tag. A $50 P2PKH coinbase transaction poster is more affordable. Pirate Hash is a minimalist maximalist site. That is to say it combines an uncluttered design with bespoke items for hardcore bitcoiners. Checking out with BTCpayserver is a breeze, with the onchain transaction showing up in seconds. Fiat or crypto, all checkout experiences should be this seamless.
Buy BTC Apparel at Bitcoin Tunnels
Bitcointunnels.com sells clothing and wall art. The site is BTC/LN only, with checkout handled by bitcoin payment processor Open Node. Less refined than Pirate Hash, Bitcoin Tunnels is a shop for those who are newer to crypto, and wish to swear their allegiance with a ‘Proof of Work is the solution’ t-shirt or a ‘Stacking sats’ tee. More experienced bitcoiners may balk at broadcasting their beliefs to the world every time they step outside, but if you’re happy to be affiliated with crypto, Bitcoin Tunnels has got every inch of you covered.
Buy Unique Bitcoin Art at 21X
For bitcoiners seeking swag that’s less mainstream, 21X.io is worth a look. With such designs as “The sum of all scams” alongside an Ethereum poop emoji badge, 21X is decidedly maximalist in flavor, with most of its threads obliquely praising the cult of BTC. Prices are denominated in bitcoin, not dollars; for 0.21 BTC, for instance, you can obtain an original artwork depicting a row of Cold Card wallets and a topless woman. 21X ain’t subtle and it ain’t got time for “shitcoins,” which are anything bar BTC apparently. If its ethos aligns with yours, head on over and scope it out.
Buy Hardware Wallets and BCH Gear at Bitcoin.com
Okay, so technically you can pay with fiat at store.Bitcoin.com, but why would you do that when you can pay with BCH or BTC? The quality of the designs at the Bitcoin.com shop is several notches higher than your average hobbyist store, and not all of the tees promote Bitcoin Cash – just most of them. The new “BCH not bombs” range will appeal to principled bitcoiners, while the hardware wallets will appeal to anyone seeking a safe place to stash their coins.
It would be nice to pay for all your shopping in bitcoin or to have the option at least. Until then, take comfort in the knowledge that if your bank ever bans you, bitcoin will keep you in clothing and quirky wall art.