As the price, market cap and ultimately popularity of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency increases, so does the adoption of crypto as payment at many retailers. Lately, there seems to be a news story every day about big box businesses deciding to accept crypto as payment. In a very bullish sign for the crypto-space, many retailers who are accepting crypto are choosing to keep it in crypto on their balance sheet – opposed to prior when they would instantly convert their coins to fiat (yawn).
With the recent announcement that PayPal has integrated support for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash you can now indirectly pay for millions of items by using the “checkout with crypto” option on any site that offers PayPal checkout. As cool as this is, this article will focus on the weird stuff you can buy directly with Bitcoin and other cryptos.
#1 Buy Solar Panels with Bitcoin
NationalSolarUSA has a massive banner on their website announcing that they now accept Bitcoin for your solar panel solutions down payment or for your entire order.
National Solar lists themselves as a full-service solar installation contractor and deliverer of turnkey solar system solutions.
It's kind of ironic that you can buy solar panels with BTC, with a recent study pointing out that the Bitcoin network currently uses more energy per year than the entire country of Argentina. May we suggest using solar panels to power your crypto miners?
If you are in Oregon and are in the market for some solar panels, checkout National Solar, even if you don't pay in Bitcoin!
#2 Save the Piggies!!
One thing we are suckers for just as much as cryptocurrency is animals!
Piggins and Banks, which is a pig and animal sanctuary in Virginia recently announced that you can become a virtual sponsor of a pig or other animals using various cryptocurrencies. Surprisingly, they accept Ethereum, USD Coin, Litecoin, DAI and Bitcoin cash for their donations and best of all your donation is a tax write off, as Piggins is a 501(c)(3).
Right now you can use your crypto to make an impact on the lives of pigs, dogs, horses, cats, rabbits and ferrets.
If a monthly donation is not your thing, you can also buy some Piggins merch like sweatshirts, mugs and decals.
You can see all their furry little friends at PigginsANDbanks.com - just try not to fall in love!
#3 Dude Weed Lmao!
Okay, so maybe we shouldn't make light of marijuana, considering that it's becoming increasingly more accepted in certain states in the U.S., not to mention the actual medicinal uses many ailing individuals get from it. But the thought of a Seth Rogan type buying marijuana related accessories with Bitcoin just makes us laugh.
Hey, we just thought of a good movie idea! Seth Rogan and James Franco run a dispensary that only accepts crypto, and the potheads that frequent it can't seem to figure out how to get their wallets to work. Netflix just green-lit it..
On a more realistic level, you can now purchase marijuana growing supplies in Canada (if you of age) from HippieGrowShop using Bitcoin. Everything they offer on their site is available for purchase using Bitcoin and they even put together a small little guide on how to buy Bitcoins.
Light em' if you got em' Bitcoin bros!
#4 Get comfy with pet supplies and cryptocurrency.
ComfyPet, a New Zealand based, online pet store currently has a banner across the top of their website announcing that they now accept Bitcoin for payment on all their pet merch.
Just browsing around the site we see dozens of toys, pet beds and treats our little critters would love to have. Being able to buy pet stuff with Bitcoin allows you to support your little fur baby as well as the adoption of Bitcoin across the world.
#5 When you want to keep it off your credit card statement.
Back in 2009, when Satoshi was active on message boards and had quite a lot to say actually, he mentioned that Bitcoin would be a conveniant way to pay for porn.
His full quote continued with, "Bitcoin would be convenient for people who don't have a credit card or don't want to use the cards they have, either don't want the spouse to see it on the bill or don't trust giving their number to "porn guys", or afraid of recurring billing."
Pornhub, which was recently touted as the world's largest porn site, began accepting various forms of crypto to pay for their premium service, "Pornhub Premium"
We've yet to personally meet anyone who has paid for porn (or will admit it), but if you are one of those folks, why not use crypto?!
(image source via CC BY 2.0)
#6 Dallas Mavericks Accept Bitcoin (and Dogecoin too!)
Mark Cuban is a big cryto "guy". He's been bullish on crypto for a while now, revealing that he owns "a lot of ethereum" and recently predicting $1 a coin for Dogecoin. So it's not surprise that the Dallas Mavericks (the team he owns) will now accept Bitcoin and Dogecoin for their tickets and merchandise.
At the time of his announcement, The Mavs were the first and only NBA team to accept cryptocurrency directly for their tickets.
In other Mark Cuban news, he is currently working on releasing a social media/virtual gallery for people to display their NFTs - for more visit Lazy.com