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My Purchase From Amazon with Bitcoins

I thought I’d share my experience with a brand new, innovative and enterprising website: BitSpend.net. The website’s goal is to facilitate purchases anywhere on the Internet using bitcoins as painless as possible. About 6 months ago, I acquired 1 bitcoin. Then, it was worth around $10 or so. I hadn’t thought much of it until I got word about BitSpend.net last week. By then, my 1 bitcoin was trading around $46, so I decided to take the risk on this start-up and placed an order. They emailed me an invoice with their payment address and my total, so I sent them the required funds ($29.30 plus $2 bitspend.net fee, converted to the bitcoin amount of 0.6683415 using Mt.Gox’s weighted average at the time of $46.83~). They placed my order on Amazon with 2-day Prime shipping, and voila! it just arrived:

At this point, they’ve streamlined their order process and I’ll be ordering one or two more items from Amazon with the rest of my bitcoin. After all, it was a pretty cool experience and I hope you’ll check them out. They even included a gift receipt, I assume, for easy returns. I was curious how they’d handle that sort of thing. Also, that top book’s title is how I’m feeling having now used bitcoins.
Skyler.

Update 11/13: This service seems to be discontinued. Too bad.

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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents” and “Items of Note.” Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on the official Everything-Voluntary.com podcast.

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