Connect with us
BitStarz

Cryptocurrency

6 Places That Accept Crypto Payments

Published

on

6 Places That Accept Crypto Payments
Image Via Shutterstock

Cryptocurrencies have officially entered the mainstream. The Bitcoin craze seems to be returning now that the crypto bear market is apparently over and the digital currency is poised for great gains in the years to come. The market is reacting to these developments, with many brokers and exchanges offering motivational promotions to somewhat limit the amount of money that flows into the crypto sector as opposed to theirs by incentivizing traders to use traditional methods of trading.

Due to the massive increase in crypto adoption rates across the board, we’re seeing an increasing amount of establishments start to accept cryptocurrency payments or develop tokens of their own. We’ve been able to purchase coffee or pizza in a few establishments for a while now (cue the urban legend about the guy who used 10,000 bitcoins to purchase pizza back in 2010), but let’s discuss some of the more interesting places you can use your crypto holdings in.

Brokers & Exchanges

Well, the most obvious place that would accept a crypto payment is obviously a crypto exchange. However, recently marginal trading has started getting traction and nowadays it is not only possible to deposit cryptos with a regular exchange, but also to send your cryptos to a certain CFD brokerage and trade online with the help of the financial leverage. Next to this, according to this XM no deposit bonus review here, traders are now able to start their market journey without needing to deposit a dime. According to ForexTradingBonus’ review, traders from certain geographies are given a free $30 (or an equivalent in their local currency) to trade currencies and cryptocurrencies online, yet ID and phone verification are required. Still, there are numerous unregulated brokers that would simply accept the deposits in crypto and let the traders conduct their activities without passing any KYC. This is, however, a rather risky venture as this level of privacy comes without the guaranteed safety from the financial watchdogs.

Gun shops

There’s a reason why regulations on purchasing firearms exist. The process is supposed to be complicated to make it easier to stop the guns from falling into the wrong hands. However, now, a number of firearms dealers and manufacturers are starting to accept cryptocurrencies as a form of payment. Frontier Tactical is one of these companies. The weapons manufacturer has been allowing crypto purchases for almost 2 years now.

While this is hardly problematic when done officially and following proper laws and regulations, it definitely can become an issue when these transactions are made on the black market, are conducted by criminal enterprises and purchased by individuals with malevolent intentions.

Online Gambling

Online casino entertainment is another area where cryptocurrency payments have been accepted for a while now. In fact, crypto payments and online gaming seem to be a match made in heaven. Companies like King Billy Casino and Bit Starz Casino famously allow their users to use Bitcoin for gambling activities.  

Crypto gambling solves issues both for providers and customers. For customers, transferring money to gambling websites by using your bank account can be problematic as it negatively affects your credit score in certain countries, as the banks monitor your transactions. By using the decentralized digital alternative to money, these users are able to have a bit of fun without worrying about their banking history.

When it comes to the providers, allowing crypto payments or even making casinos exclusively for crypto gambling lets these companies circumvent some of the laws in certain countries, financial institutions of which refuse to service their accounts. It’s not just about avoiding laws, though. A lot of reputable casinos use cryptos simply as a way of diversifying options for their customers and attracting new users.

Subway Sandwiches

Buying food is probably one of the more famous ways to spend your digital money. Fast food industry especially is increasingly crypto-friendly. Certain Subway franchises have been accepting crypto payments going as far back as 2014.

This is likely helped by the fact that Subway sandwich shops have less corporate oversight than other fast food franchises. Subway franchise owners are famously independent in most of the business decisions they make as long as they comply with the core standards and requirements needed to acquire a franchise permit from the HQ of the multinational company.

Internet dating

One of the less expected places you can spend your bitcoins are internet dating services. A number of dating websites have been accepting crypto for a while now as a means of payment.

OkCupid, for example, has been accepting bitcoin payments since 2013. Given that bitcoins were dozens of times cheaper than they are now, it’s interesting how the people who paid for the service in bitcoin in 2013 only to get a lousy date that didn’t work are viewing their decision in retrospect.

Transportation companies

Ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber have dominated the transportation industry for a few years now. They’ve dealt a strong blow to the regular Taxi sector. To try and counteract the flow of the market, stay in business, and attract this new segment of the population, a lot of Taxi companies have been accepting bitcoins for their services. Interestingly enough, Lyft and Uber have not followed this trend and are still only accepting FIAT money.

Cryptocurrency

Guess what? Reviews on cryptocurrency exchange are useful again!

Published

on

Guess what? Reviews on cryptocurrency exchange are useful again!

Reviews on cryptocurrency exchanges have gone from being non-existent, to being filled with CPM-triggering banners, to now – actually being useful. To being something that every interested cryptocurrency investor should read before investing somewhere. This article will describe the development.

Back when the first cryptocurrency exchanges opened up shop, in 2011, there were no competition on the market. As the cryptocurrency exchanges essentially provided a then unique service (buying/selling crypto), there was no need for them to have competitive consumer friendly trading fees. The people using the services should just be happy about the services existing at all! As there were no real competition on the market, there weren’t that many reviews either. The main purpose reviews is to compare the item of review with another item, to see which item is the right for you. If there aren’t any other items for you to choose from, then why should anyone else bother preparing a review?

Eventually, the cryptocurrency market expanded a bit and so did the cryptocurrency exchanges. Between 2011-2014, numerous new exchanges opened up shop. Mt. Gox was the biggest one until February 2014. Actually, as much as 65% of the Bitcoin trading around the world took place at this single cryptocurrency exchange. Now, as there were more cryptocurrency exchanges, there was a greater need for comparisons. Mt. Gox charged 0.60% as flat fees for trading (there was definitely some room for improvement there). New exchanges entered the market with lower trading fees and suddenly a need for cryptocurrency exchange reviews had arisen. Problem at this time however, was that many of the reviewing sites focused more on driving traffic to their banners in order to make advertising money, than what they focused on providing valuable content to its visitors/readers. There are a few review sites that still have banner traffic as their main ambition. Take a look at this site for instance:

Banners everywhere…

But every market must evolve, and so also the market of providing unbiased independent information to prospective cryptocurrency investors searching for the right cryptocurrency exchange.

So, today, the review sites are generally much more sophisticated. They are actually more about what they should be – providing guidance and help to the people in need of the review: cryptocurrency traders. Also, as the cryptocurrency exchange market has become much more competitive, there is a race to the bottom between cryptocurrency exchanges. Each exchange offering lower trading fees than the other, all in order to entice customers.

The best review sites address the things most important to readers, such as trading fees, deposit methods, available cryptocurrencies, security etc. The current industry leader when it comes to cryptocurrency exchanges and reviews of them is the company Cryptowisser.

On cryptowisser.com, they operate the world’s largest list of cryptocurrency exchanges, listing more than 400 exchanges with individual well-written reviews for each and every one of them.

A few of their reviews that you can access through the hyperlinks below are the:

Bittrex review; the

Changelly review; the

Binance review; and the

Bitsane review.

Needless to say, the review culture has come a long way since 2011 and now really serves a purpose – to help, guide and warn cryptocurrency traders in their choice of cryptocurrency exchange.

Continue Reading

Cryptocurrency

Binance Cryptocurrency Exchange Considers Launch of Its Stablecoin

Published

on

Binance Cryptocurrency Exchange Considers Launch of Its Stablecoin

The CEO of Binance Changpeng Zhao in a response to a Twitter user who suggested the exchange should launch a stablecoin suggests he is considering launching one. The Twitter user said a stablecoin from Binance would become a major token on the Binance blockchain and there is no reason why the exchange shouldn’t launch one.

Binance launched its cryptocurrency Binance Coin (BNB) in 2017 and the coin has been largely successful. BNB was referred to as the new Bitcoin at some point because it was determining market direction i.e the market fell or rose as its price changed.

Binance is also the largest crypto exchange by adjusted transaction volume and has maintained that position for a long time. Changpeng Zhao’s influence in the cryptocurrency industry is so great that other exchanges could delist a token that his exchange delisted first.

This is why a stablecoin launched by the exchange can have a significant impact and probably grow faster than other stablecoins have. The recent event concerning Tether, however, may have reduced the popularity of stablecoins in the industry.

Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies just like Bitcoin and XRP, only they are backed by some more stable currency such as the U.S Dollar. Tether was said to be backed by the USD thus giving it a stable value so that users can pay for goods and services without having to worry about value fluctuation. However it was discovered during the court case following the suit that only 74% of USDT is backed by the USD.

This has sent chills down the spines of cryptocurrency users when it comes to stablecoins and it might take a while for that to go away. Launching a new stablecoin at this time therefore may not be a good idea but who is to say what possibilities lie ahead of Binance’s possible new stablecoin?

The whole cryptocurrency market is just recovering from the problems caused by Tether USDT. Bitcoin is over $5,400 and Ethereum is over $160 while XRP is in the reds with Binance Coin and of course Tether USDT among the top ten cryptocurrencies. But if Binance will launch a stablecoin that brings more good to the ecosystem that bad, why not?

Continue Reading

Trending