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1  Economy / Services / Looking to hire a freelance minimalist graphic designer paying in BTC on: March 20, 2018, 01:02:12 PM
Hi,

I'm looking for a graphic designer to design 5 or more T-Shirt ideas that I have.

I'm a cartoonist so, I'm looking for someone focused on minimalism.

Will pay in BTC.

The designer needs to have a very strong and rich portfolio.

For starters, we have 5 shirt designs.

Please get in touch with your portfolio and rates.

Thanks.
2  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / The Merchants Guide to accepting Bitcoin directly no intermediates - BTCPay on: March 19, 2018, 10:13:52 AM
I posted this guide on Reddit a while ago, I thought it would be useful to have it here

Not long ago I made a post about finding a way to accept Bitcoin payments to my online store, directly, with no third-party processors, no intermediates.

The post got plenty of love from r/Bitcoin, but I also received plenty of questions from other merchants who would like to explore the possibility of shifting towards a self-sovereignty way of accepting Bitcoin and other coins. The best solution I found is BTCPay.

This guide assumes youíre a merchant who already understands the benefits and the risks of accepting Bitcoin. It's not technical at all. The goal is just to explain plainly what is BTCPay, how it works and cover advantages and disadvantages.

What is BTCPay and why should you care?

    BTCPay Server is an Open Source payment processor, written in C#, that conforms to the invoice API of Bitpay. This allows easy migration of your code base to your own, self-hosted payment processor. source.

The programmer behind the open-source project is Nicolas Dorier, Bitcoin Core contributor. Nicolas decided to fork BitPay processor and create a better solution. With BTCPay it's similar like with Bitcoin. You are your own bank; you control your funds, the payment processor can't just shut you down just because they do not like your business model.

Difference between the BTCPay and the third-party payment processor

Think of BTCPay as a server which allows you to accept bitcoin without intermediates. The payment processors act as a server as well, but your customer's data, IP addresses go through them. Furthermore, most of the payment processors hold your crypto payments, and youíd have to withdraw it or convert it, similar to what exchanges do. The advantages

Benefits
  • You are running a full node and helping the network
  • You are protecting the privacy of your customers
  • Youíre using Bitcoin the way itís supposed to be used, p2p, directly
  • Youíre avoiding fees that all payment processors have (monthly subscription/fees per transaction usually 1-2%)
  • You can accept payments directly to your hardware wallet (currently integrated with Ledger very well) and youíre the immediate owner of those assets
  • You can be a host and help other smaller shops accept payments through their stores
  • You can accept other cryptocurrencies through BTCPay (Litecoin currently)
  • You will be able to accept Lightning Network payments (feature still in development)
  • Multiple merchants can have the same server and host their stores there, though this raises the issue of trust

Disadvantages
  • It currently costs around 50-70$ per month (the cost varies depending on the server youíre using)
  • It takes a bit more time to setup and configures to fit your store needs, (took 3-4 hours for myself, Iím not particularly tech-savvy).
  • You can not convert to fiat currency right away like with some payment processors, though in my personal opinion, the immediate conversion ruins the whole point of accepting bitcoin and does not increase the adoption.

ELI5 how BTCPay works?

Currently, there are three basic elements of the puzzle :
  • The server
  • The plugin
  • The wallet

Youíre running your own server which has the full node running; the server is called BTCPay Server. Once installed it will be connected to your website subdomain. The plugin connects your server to your Woocommerce Store. In the plugin settings, you can set most of the stuff. A bit more advanced setting can be configured on the server. Your receive payments to your wallet (itís possible to configure Ledger Nano S right out of the box).

This means that the buyer, pays directly to you in cryptocurrency and that the payment does not go anywhere else, the IP address is not leaked, the buyer data is not shared with a third party in any way. You will see the payment in your ledger wallet.

BTCPay is not the only solution to accept cryptocurrency directly, but after months of trying out, I found it the safest and the easiest to configure.

Getting Started

I am not nearly as smart as Nicolas Dorier who forked the BitPay plugin to bring us this payment system, so I will not go into technical details on how to set the server up. The entire document is available on the Github

Summary of this step is that you have to register with Microsoft Azure server. Upon registration, you'll get 200$ free credits which will be enough for the first few months of for running the server, so basically, there are no upfront costs. Be aware that BTCPay is free; it does not cost a dime, you're paying Microsoft here for the server which will keep your node online 24/7.

After you buy the server, there is a single one-click deploy button you have to click. It will take you to your Azure VM and configure everything for you. There are few things you have to change yourself. Besides documentation, Nicolas made an easy to follow video for this.

The next step is to connect your domain and your server, which is again very easy to follow up in the videos and documents.

The third step is to connect your Woocommerce store by installing the Woo plugin (plugin is free).

The final step is to configure your hardware wallet and set the derivation path. I was amazed that Ledger configuration took only a few seconds. Nicolas did a great job with this one.

When you set up your store, it is highly recommended to test it out. Post any issues that you might find on the Github and if you have any questions, feel free to ask on Slack.

FAQ

Before I answer some of the questions I got from merchants, I'd like to tell that if you're a merchant and have any question, feel free to ask it here. If you're having trouble setting up your BTCPay server, [join the community on Slack](. There are developers and merchants there ready to help you.

Q: Where can I see the example of how BTCPay works and looks?
A: BTCPay website and if you want to see it live you can check my store

Q: Where can I get help/support?
A: BTCPay is an open-source project. The best way to ask questions is through the Slack group.

Q: Can the costs of running BTCPay be cheaper?
A:  it can. Currently, the one-click deployment requires Azure Virtual Machine, but if youíre a programmer or understand VMís you can deploy one on a different VM. Furthermore, the changes in the Bitcoin Core 0.16.0 (BIP159) make it possible to run the full node in pruned mode to save more disk space.

Also, once the full node is synchronized to the network, you can downgrade the machine on Azure to take a less expensive one.

Penny-pinching cost is a manual process which involves trial and error.

Q: I have a Shopify store, can I use BTCPay?
A: At this moment, no. Shopify is a closed system a company opposed to an open-source project like WordPress, so itís harder to communicate to them and create a solution. Luckily there are developers in BTCPay community working on it. While I canít give you precise information, I assume it will eventually be possible.

Q: Can I have more stores connected to my BTCPay server.
A: Absolutely, you can host multiple stores on the same server. The stores can operate and configure settings separately and receive payments separately.

Q: Why use BTCPay vs. just having a BTC address up on your site?
A: The most important reason - the privacy of your customers and your business. BTCPay will generate the new address for each invoice. You just need to select the derivation path for the address (in my case I used Ledger Nano S). The second reason is user-experience. BTCPay integrates as a payment method to your store, so you're customers can checkout with a few clicks.

List of merchants using BTCPay

Note: If you're a merchant accepting BTCPay and would like to be listed here, just comment. The list is in alphabetical order.

  • 9bravos.com
  • bitcoinshirt.co
  • Coincards.ca
  • CryptoAsylum.com
  • halongmining.com
  • ludvigart.com
  • ynotek.com

Useful Links


Full disclosure, I am not in any way related to BTCPay project. I am just the guy who discovered it and fell in love with the community and the good vibes among the users. I wrote this post to help merchants understand it better and to help with promoting this exceptional project. Since I have no skills to contribute by coding, I thought I could help this way.

I understand that this post is long and will not be attractive to anyone except for the merchants, but please share it for the visibility so that we can spread the word. BTCPay is an open-source project, and they accept the donations if you can please support it.
3  Economy / Goods / Selling Coffee Mug featuring 230 crypto logos on: March 07, 2018, 06:57:00 PM

We're offering this crypto mug featuring 230 logos of all coins.

It's dishwasher and microwave safe, 15oz and costs 12.99$. I will ship it worldwide, have it in black and white. We're selling them through our website which accepts direct Bitcoin payments through BITPay and does not involve third-party processors. We're running our own full node for improved privacy.



4  Other / Bitcoin Wiki / Need some help figuring out how to translate Bitcoin Wiki on: March 05, 2018, 08:40:52 PM
HI,

I'd like to help with the translation of the Wiki from time to time since I am fluent in a language that certainly is not in top 40.

With that in mind, what is the best practice for translating the Wiki in another language?

I essentially would have to clone it and self-host it I assume?

Thanks.
5  Economy / Goods / If you can guess most of the altcoins featured on my product, you need some help on: February 18, 2018, 10:29:55 PM
Hi guys,

Made this crypto mug featuring 230 logos of all coins. If you can guess most of them, you are either a whale? pro trader? bitcoin millionaire? deranged?

Joke aside, it's dishwasher and microwave safe, 15oz and costs 12.99$. I will ship it worldwide, have it in black and white


6  Economy / Goods / [WTS] Genesis Block Coffee Mugs - Worldwide delivery, Bitcoin accepted 12.99$ on: February 17, 2018, 06:03:46 PM
Fascinated by the mystery surounding the Genesis Block, or the block 0,  I decided to create a geeky looking mug.



Mug is 15oz, microwave and dishwasher safe, glossy and very high quality. It emphasize the mysterious message Satoshi left in the first block.

More information and photos about the product can be found here https://bitcoinshirt.co/shop/mug/bitcoin-genesis-block-mug/

7  Economy / Goods / Bitcoin Embroidered Scarf and Sweatshirts for sale on: January 21, 2018, 10:37:51 PM
My girlfriend and I have been working on this for the past couple of weeks. Embroidered Bitcoin scarf.

You can buy it directly from our website, or pm here for details.

Here's the link https://bitcoinshirt.co/shop/scarves/bitcoin-scarf/

Here are few photos







Embroided, warm and 100% acrylic.
8  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin and Charities on: November 05, 2017, 12:13:48 PM
I own a tiny family business (hobby for me and my girlfriend for now) accepting Bitcoin (we sell BTC merchandise) and we would like to donate portion of the profits to a Bitcoin charity.

I found BitGive, but I want to diversify the donations each month.

So do you know genuine charities similar to BitGive?

Are there any charities using their BTC donations to spread the word about BTC?

Our business is very small, so the donations won't be huge, but we want to help the community somehow.

I've searched through the forum and found quite outdated list from 2014. Also Bitcoin WiKi list appears to be outdated. Found Bitgive through bitcoin.org though

Thanks.
9  Economy / Goods / Selling The Bitcoin Ugly Christmas Sweatshirts on: November 04, 2017, 03:51:53 PM
Hello,

I made some Ugly Bitcoin Christmas sweatshirts. Sizes from S-5XL.

Multiple colors available. Accepting Bitcoin and 30+ altcoins via my online store.

Price starts at 25.90$-31.90$ depending on the size.

Worldwide shipping.

The first version

More info here > https://bitcoinshirt.co/shop/sweatshirts/bitcoin-ugly-christmas-sweatshirt-btc/



Another version is this one



More info here > https://bitcoinshirt.co/shop/sweatshirts/bitcoin-ugly-christmas-sweatshirt-moon/
10  Economy / Goods / I started a new Bitcoin Business - We accept Bitcoin and 30+ altcoins on: October 31, 2017, 03:07:02 PM
Hey everyone,

This is my 2nd month of being involved in a new Bitcoin related business.

I founded http://bitcoinshirt.co/

If you are on OpenBaazar, check us out ob://QmRCbNSaYb5LU4DXQWZ65AQr1G9EzUsedTiWceVdVtBJa6/store

Bitcoinshirt.co is an online store specialized in selling high-quality and unique cryptocurrency merchandise.

Our goal is to help the cryptocurrency and blockchain community spread the word about the new disruptive technology which is already changing the world we live in today.

I created Bitcoinshirt.co due to  a complete lack of high quality, eccentric and distinctive T-Shirt designs.

When I wanted to buy a T-Shirt to proudly display my support for Bitcoin.org, the designs out there were horrifiyng. And I do not mean just poorly made and designed, but completely sensless and without the story.

Being picky about my clothes, I started desiging the T-Shirt I would actually want to wear. A T-Shirt which anyone would like even though they had zero knowledge about Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, block-chain. The T-Shirt which will have the story, not just a logo. I wanted a conversation starter. Something unique but trendy and fashion.

After desiging my own T-Shirt and showing it off online, I was asked by community members where I got it. People loved it. I began this journey of finding the best quality clothing brands and printing services.

My inspiration comes from everyday communication with people interested in Bitcoins and everything around it. I love being on Reddit and BitcoinTalk. Thank you community. I love you. To the Moon, together!
11  Bitcoin / Project Development / Celebrating 5K! I made free iPhone Bitcoin wallpapers free download! on: October 12, 2017, 06:36:28 PM
In my previous post, there has been an insane amount of feedback which helped me improve my design. There have been some requests to make wallpapers, so after 3 days of designing and adjusting, I present you Bitcoin Wallpapers.

Here you can preview how these look on my phone (android).

https://imgur.com/a/fkWgx (I can't embed images so if someone can please do so)

There are 6 different wallpapers, so I hope you'll find the one which you like the most.

Even though I used templates for iOS, they should be okay for Android.

    iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S | Mega link https://mega.nz/#F!ojZWnZCB!PtO4Y6eH1BCb2ecPwXoPLg
    iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, iPod Touch 5g Bitcoin Wallpaper pack | Mega link  https://mega.nz/#F!cvxV0D7R!fpJ25HFYR6hqp8TSWvQa9w
    iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 8 | Mega link  https://mega.nz/#F!d7w0hRbZ!Uk-ZmD3LIQH0LAj7GH-d2w
    iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 Plus | Mega link https://mega.nz/#F!NmBUnbya!21HMCgzBLG_-5OUXJnlC-w
    iPhone X | Mega link https://mega.nz/#F!E7x3mDYb!n5lOZ0ZZQZC9VPxoRLV_RQ

Not sure why these links got messed up, copy an entire link. I also have these in DropBox if someone prefers that, let me know.

Be aware that you can not use this to re-sell or in a commercial purpose. Personal use only!

If you liked them, let me know in the comments.

Want to tip me?
 My address 3Fkr5vjuXYgDH6ckjrWseKvewSvLtgV9oh

I  Sell merch with this design
Visit my online store http://bitcoinshirt.co/ (bitcoin + over 30 altcoin payments accepted)

Feedback welcome
12  Economy / Goods / Made some Bitcoin Posters which I want to sell - looking for feedback on: October 08, 2017, 09:49:52 AM
Hi,

Since I am a new member, I am unable to upload the images of the Bitcoin posters I made on the forum, so I added them on Imgur.

I have 6 posters so far, and I am looking for your opinion about them fellow crypto-believers


Edit : My website is this one http://bitcoinshirt.co/
You can see my posters here https://imgur.com/a/Lcfpy

I also described what each illustration represents briefly.

Critiques and feedback welcome.

These will be on sale on my website accepting Bitcoin and 35+ other crypto.

PS If someone wants to upload images here, I'd be grateful.

Thanks in advance.
To the Moon!
13  Economy / Economics / Tomorrow, September the 29th is a Cryptocurrency day - Support the merchants on: September 28, 2017, 05:37:51 PM
I just discovered that tomorrow is Cryptocurrency day.

https://cryptoiscurrency.com/

It's the day when we as a community should support people who accept crypto.

Support your local business first, small business owners, etc.

If you don't want to spend any coins, just spread the word about it with  #CryptoIsCurrency hashtag or by sharing their business.

I was wondering if business owners on this thread who accept crypto, can list their business, perhaps we can promote each other or buy something from each other to support the crypto.

I will start, but I'd really like to see people accepting crypto payments in their business listing their own sites, store ids or physical address of their stores.

My OpenBaazar ID : ob://QmRCbNSaYb5LU4DXQWZ65AQr1G9EzUsedTiWceVdVtBJa6/store

My Website: http://bitcoinshirt.co/

Accepting all sorts of crypto through Coingate.
14  Economy / Games and rounds / GIVEAWAY Win a Bitcoin T-Shirt + Mug + Poster *Exclusive to Bitcointalk members on: September 21, 2017, 11:32:35 PM
I would like to organize a giveaway exclusive for Bitcointalk forum members.

I am giving away (free of charge) :

  • 1 X Bitcoin T-Shirt
  • 1 X Bitcoin Mug
  • 1 X Bitcoin Poster

To 1 lucky forum member. I thought it's better to have 1 big prize than few smaller ones.

To enter a competition, simply leave a comment leaving a link to a T-Shirt you'd like to win, tell which color and your size.

Check out T-Shirts here https://bitcoinshirt.co/

TIP: There are plenty of T-Shirts, make sure to select T-Shirt category https://bitcoinshirt.co/product-category/t-shirts/

I will contact a winner and send you T-Shirt and PLUS Mug of your choice (all mugs here https://bitcoinshirt.co/product-category/mug/ ) and Poster (all posters here https://bitcoinshirt.co/product-category/posters/ )

Rules :
 - I will ship this on my expense, worldwide.
 - You are responsible if any custom cost are charged by your country custom office
 - You can enter only once.
 - Winners will be chosen randomly via your commend ID on Random.ORG
 - I will record a video of randomly choosing a winner for full transparency.
 - Giveaway ends on Monday.

To the moon! BTC

PS It was suggested to me to post this competition here. If it's not an appropriate section, moderators please move it. I also asked if it's okay to organize a giveaway and got a green light from forum members.

PPS This is the second competition I am organizing, I previously https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/70ao9h/giving_away_1x_bitcoin_tshirts_i_designed_to_3x/

If you wish to leave some feedback on my store you can do it in this forum thread https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2191818

I am sorry for poor formatting of the post, too many links and no photos, but as a new member, I apparently don't have an access to all those fancy features.
15  Economy / Goods / Giving away free bitcoin t-shirts I created on Reddit on: September 15, 2017, 05:23:06 PM
UPDATE NEW GIVEAWAY

Hi guys,

We have a new giveaway on Reddit.

T-Shirt or a mug, just leave a comment on Reddit to enter

https://redd.it/7wodlj


16  Economy / Goods / Bitcoin Clothing - Different kind of T-Shirts, cases, pillows, posters and mugs on: September 14, 2017, 08:22:56 PM
Hi,

When I first wanted to buy a Bitcoin shirt to express my support for the community, I was really frustrated with the choice. None of these fit my personal taste.

Being a cartoonist, I designed my own t-shirt which a friend of mine on #bitcoin IRC chat suggest I should start selling. It sounded scary at first. But thanks to my brother who is a web-developer, I decided to go for it. The community needs unique items, we need more merchants accepting BTC, we need to spread the word.

So it took me 3 months to create a website, design shirts, find suppliers, but I finally made it, I launched my own store which sells items I designed. It was quite a journey for me, especially because I had no prior experience in such things. This is something I really feel passionate about.

Why is my store different compared to other Bitcoin shirt stores?

    I believe my designs are unique. They tell a story.
    A portion of the BTC payments profit will be donated to bitcoin.org, open bazaar and similar projects.
    Unlike 90% of crypto clothing sites, I actually do accept bitcoins as a form of payment, as the matter a fact I encourage it. I understand the risks since my suppliers and fulfillment centers do not accept.
    Worldwide shipping via fulfillment center in US and EU.

My goal is not really to sell you anything at this moment, I just want some honest feedback on my designs of the clothes, mugs, pillows, cases. I really invested lots of time and effort in this, and any feedback and critiques are welcome. I already shared my designs across other Bitcoin platforms such as IRC, Discord, Slack and got some really nice feedback and ideas, but also some critiques which were quite helpful.

I would like to thank all the community members who helped me so far.

TL;DR: I opened an online store which sells bitcoin shirts and would love to get some feedback.

Website URL: https://bitcoinshirt.co



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