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1  Economy / Goods / Re: Bitcoin Embroidered Scarf and Sweatshirts for sale on: March 24, 2018, 05:47:21 PM
New arrivals - Hoodies

Entire collection here https://bitcoinshirt.co/product-category/sweatshirts/

First one has embroidered BTC logo



The second one has printed Genesis Block

2  Economy / Goods / Re: Made some Bitcoin Posters which I want to sell - looking for feedback on: March 24, 2018, 05:44:38 PM
Hey guys, V2.0 of the posters is now available.

Entire posters collection can be found here https://bitcoinshirt.co/product-category/posters/



3  Economy / Services / Re: Looking to hire a freelance minimalist graphic designer paying in BTC on: March 20, 2018, 01:29:24 PM
Hey,

You can use a contact form on the website https://bitcoinshirt.co/contact/
4  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.
5  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: The Merchants Guide to accepting Bitcoin directly no intermediates - BTCPay on: March 20, 2018, 01:13:30 AM
Good list BTC_Enigma, I used CG in past.
6  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.
7  Economy / Goods / Re: Selling Coffee Mug featuring 230 crypto logos on: March 19, 2018, 09:53:42 AM
Yup @bigman3912 we deliver worldwide. You can see the shipping rates for your country in the checkout.
8  Economy / Goods / Re: Selling Coffee Mug featuring 230 crypto logos on: March 17, 2018, 01:09:18 PM
Have you considered doing a more simple mug? I would be very interested in purchasing a mug with fewer currency logos on it, while potentially still keeping a bunch on there; there are just too many cryptos to count and these 230 are probably more or less arbitrary. It would be more interesting to me if there were a few key players featured on the mug, the top dogs with the most technological innovation being brought to the table.

I almost just checked-out, but then I was thinking that I will give your other products more of a look before I go impulse purchase something I don't really love. The black logo definitely looks better to me, but maybe if we could get it down to maybe 12 currencies and have the logos different sizes depending on their market cap or something.

Thanks for the suggestions, it's possible that there will be variations, but I don't think it will happen soon to be honest. Thanks for checking out the store.
9  Economy / Goods / Re: Selling Coffee Mug featuring 230 crypto logos on: March 15, 2018, 04:06:34 PM
Nice Idea ill support. Pm me

Hey you can get them in out store.
10  Economy / Goods / Re: Selling Coffee Mug featuring 230 crypto logos on: March 10, 2018, 06:18:37 PM
Thanks so much dacinka, appreciate the support!
11  Economy / Goods / Re: [WTS] Genesis Block Coffee Mugs - Worldwide delivery, Bitcoin accepted 12.99$ on: March 10, 2018, 05:10:02 PM
up up and away
12  Economy / Goods / Re: Selling Coffee Mug featuring 230 crypto logos on: March 10, 2018, 05:09:34 PM
bump
13  Economy / Goods / Re: [WTS] Genesis Block Coffee Mugs - Worldwide delivery, Bitcoin accepted 12.99$ on: March 07, 2018, 07:06:14 PM
T-Shirts added.





14  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.



15  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.
16  Economy / Goods / Re: [WTS] Genesis Block Coffee Mugs - Worldwide delivery, Bitcoin accepted 12.99$ on: February 23, 2018, 05:56:17 PM
Satoshi Mug added!

https://bitcoinshirt.co/shop/mug/satoshi-nakamoto-bitcoin-mug/

17  Economy / Goods / Re: Giving away free bitcoin t-shirts I created on Reddit on: February 21, 2018, 04:24:55 PM
Thanks so much @Gotumoot and wheelz1200,

These T-Shirt together with other products are available on http://bitcoinshirt.co/

Take a look there and let me know if there's anything else I can do for you.

Appreciate the support and comments.
18  Economy / Goods / Re: If you can guess most of the altcoins featured on my product, you need some help on: February 20, 2018, 12:51:18 PM
Minimalist Mug added

19  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


20  Economy / Goods / Re: [WTS] Genesis Block Coffee Mugs - Worldwide delivery, Bitcoin accepted 12.99$ on: February 18, 2018, 03:32:08 PM
Thanks wheelz1200, that's very kind of you.
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