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June 15, 2011, 09:36:32 PM
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My first BTC trade is with my local fruit & veg stall. In Manchester, UK. An excellent roadside stall (that was recently threatened by 'gentrification', but saved due to a facebook outcry) mentioned, jokingly on twitter, that they would accept bitcoin. I said I'd hold them to their promise and explained how to set up an account. Getting my £5/(~0.4BTC)'s worth of Fruit & Veg tomorrow!

Don't know if they're planning to accept BTC generally or whether this is an experiment. I'll encourage them though.

Anyone else get anything as basic as your bananas through bitcoin?

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June 15, 2011, 10:09:59 PM
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Sounds cool, would be fun to mess around with but see it being impractical for the average stall.
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June 15, 2011, 10:30:02 PM
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Yep. It obviously requires planning beforehand. Depends on how bitcoin goes with app-wallets and such I suppose. And whether the waiting-for-confirmation can be sped up (although people used to trust cheques that took a few days etc.)

Anyway, if I'm the only one who trades with them through BTC I don't mind.

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June 15, 2011, 11:01:34 PM
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What about a laptop next to the veggies?  Smiley
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June 15, 2011, 11:08:22 PM
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What about a laptop next to the veggies?  Smiley

what about some physical bitcoint payment method? is anyone working on that?

I know this couldnt be totally safe, but creditcards and other electronic payment systems arent either.
with some e-terminal and a chipcard that only releases a certain amount of coins after you enter a code (like girocard in europe) could be reasonably safe.
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June 15, 2011, 11:15:25 PM
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What about a laptop next to the veggies?  Smiley

what about some physical bitcoint payment method? is anyone working on that?


Such as this?

http://bitbills.com/

"The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank...sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world."

- Carroll Quigley, CFR member, mentor to Bill Clinton, from 'Tragedy And Hope'
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June 16, 2011, 08:01:30 AM
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I did suggest a laptop on the stall. It rains an awful lot in Manchester and the stall isn't particularly well covered. Maybe not the best idea. I reckon password-protected phone apps that connect to secure online wallets would be best. The relatively high value of single BTCs would mean you would have to buy a LOT of fruit & veg at once, or somehow give change in decimals? Those bitbills seemed to be in 1BTC-20BTC denominations.

As someone mentioned, might not be best suited to this sort of exchange (maybe a 'subscription service' where you paid for a month's veg in advance or something.). Still, the novelty is amusing.

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June 16, 2011, 01:12:46 PM
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vegetables for bitcoin, very nice!  so far I've only seen junkfood type stuff for sale in bitcoin.

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June 16, 2011, 01:17:10 PM
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What about a laptop next to the veggies?  Smiley

what about some physical bitcoint payment method? is anyone working on that?


Such as this?

http://bitbills.com/

thanks for the link. though not exactly what I had in mind. these things would have to have similar security measures as cash do and be quite expensive because you have to destroy them each time they are spent.

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June 16, 2011, 01:20:55 PM
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Nice, I am about 80 miles away from Manchester so bit too much of a round trip for some fruit and veg. Nice to see retailers taking bitcoins onboard even if it was meant jokingly!
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June 16, 2011, 01:35:38 PM
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and be quite expensive because you have to destroy them each time they are spent.


No, they wouldn't. 

"The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank...sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world."

- Carroll Quigley, CFR member, mentor to Bill Clinton, from 'Tragedy And Hope'
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June 16, 2011, 02:27:07 PM
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Nice, I am about 80 miles away from Manchester so bit too much of a round trip for some fruit and veg.

Where?

There should be a map of retailers who accept bitcoins.

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June 17, 2011, 01:21:37 AM
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^ There should be.....
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June 17, 2011, 04:42:25 AM
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Very nice.
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June 17, 2011, 07:44:36 AM
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I only know of this veg stall so I've added it to this map.

Add any businesses you know! [will xpost elsewhere].

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June 17, 2011, 08:05:12 AM
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Also spotted this map

It has a few more things on it. I expect (hope) that, with listing traders/users geographically, the map might get a little cramped. So the one for  IRL businesses only might still be worth updating.

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