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May 09, 2013, 02:26:51 PM
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Customers are now able to buy mobile gift cards using bitcoins and redeem them at over 50,000 physical retail locations across the USA including GAP, Lowes, Sephora, GameStop, American Eagle, Sports Authority, Nike, Marriott, Burger King, Fandango, Brookstone, and many more household brands.

Any shopper in a participating retail store, with bitcoins on their Android device, can easily convert bitcoins into a store gift card and pay for their purchase. The whole process takes less than one minute and can be done on a single mobile device.

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May 09, 2013, 02:52:00 PM
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One step closer to being able to spend bitcoins anywhere.
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May 09, 2013, 03:52:08 PM
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This is great. I will try this when I'm in the US for the conference.

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May 09, 2013, 03:53:43 PM
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Just downloaded the app... I don't understand how to use it Sad

When I go to "add giftcard" it asks me for the giftcard code... how do I use bitcoins with this?
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May 09, 2013, 03:57:18 PM
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so far I can see that you have to "send" a gift card to be able to buy, but I couldn't get my own email address to show up in the "friends" list of who I could send it to. I was able to select another contact then manually modify the email address, but then the app locked when I hit process order.

Seems like a great idea, if it works right. Really need to add the ability to "buy" a gift card for yourself, instead of having to send it.
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May 09, 2013, 03:59:10 PM
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so far I can see that you have to "send" a gift card to be able to buy, but I couldn't get my own email address to show up in the "friends" list of who I could send it to. I was able to select another contact then manually modify the email address, but then the app locked when I hit process order.

Seems like a great idea, if it works right. Really need to add the ability to "buy" a gift card for yourself, instead of having to send it.

Argh, yes... Gyft!!! I want to buy a whopper at Burger King... I am HUNGRY!!! TELL ME HOW TO USE YOUR APP!!
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May 09, 2013, 04:10:08 PM
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My problem with the app is that I can't normally install the app to any of my devices. The app is country locked. Sucks ass.

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May 09, 2013, 04:30:46 PM
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My problem with the app is that I can't normally install the app to any of my devices. The app is country locked. Sucks ass.

Yup, no Gyft app in Canada it appears. Too bad. Nevertheless, great news for Bitcoin and, as usual, the bar rises again courtesy of BitPay.

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May 09, 2013, 04:31:46 PM
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Makes my day hearing news like this Cheesy

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May 09, 2013, 04:35:52 PM
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they just published an update to the App to allow self-purchases.

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May 09, 2013, 04:51:37 PM
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they just published an update to the App to allow self-purchases.


I hope you guys at BitPay understand what you've just done... you sort of just turned Bitcoin into a currency, at least in the US  Cheesy

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May 09, 2013, 04:54:58 PM
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BitPay, one of the few bright stars of the Bitcoin community since day 1.
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May 09, 2013, 05:04:21 PM
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One step closer to being able to buy a cup of coffee with bitcoins, cheers BitPay!
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May 09, 2013, 05:19:06 PM
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Nice ! - I just bought a $25.00 GC for .2222 BTC
At the current exchange rate, that cost me $25.02
This is MAGICAL!
I'm going to eat lunch everyday for the next month using only Bitcoin!

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May 09, 2013, 05:20:34 PM
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Nice ! - I just bought a $25.00 GC for .2222 BTC
At the current exchange rate, that cost me $25.02
This is MAGICAL!
I'm going to eat lunch everyday for the next month using only Bitcoin!

By the way... where was this app when the journalist was trying to live on Bitcoins for a week???

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May 09, 2013, 05:26:03 PM
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they just published an update to the App to allow self-purchases.


doesn't look like the one in the android play store has this newly added feature. Any idea the version umber that will have this, or when it should hit the play store?
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May 09, 2013, 05:26:45 PM
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Nice ! - I just bought a $25.00 GC for .2222 BTC
At the current exchange rate, that cost me $25.02
This is MAGICAL!
I'm going to eat lunch everyday for the next month using only Bitcoin!

By the way... where was this app when the journalist was trying to live on Bitcoins for a week???
I know, Bitcoin would have received some GOOD press in that series instead of whiny complaints.

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May 09, 2013, 05:29:02 PM
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Nice ! - I just bought a $25.00 GC for .2222 BTC
At the current exchange rate, that cost me $25.02
This is MAGICAL!
I'm going to eat lunch everyday for the next month using only Bitcoin!

By the way... where was this app when the journalist was trying to live on Bitcoins for a week???
I know, Bitcoin would have received some GOOD press in that series instead of whiny complaints.
She wouldn't have used it. She could have done the same thing with her Clipper card but considered it "cheating." It's ok, her article was still very interesting and got a grocery store to start accepting it, good job overall.

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May 09, 2013, 05:30:03 PM
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Nice ! - I just bought a $25.00 GC for .2222 BTC
At the current exchange rate, that cost me $25.02
This is MAGICAL!
I'm going to eat lunch everyday for the next month using only Bitcoin!

Did you buy it for yourself or send it to someone else? If you bought it for yourself please explain how you did and what version of the app you're using. I don't see an update for 1.4 and also don't see a self-purchase option, only an option to purchase and send to someone else.

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May 09, 2013, 05:39:38 PM
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Nice ! - I just bought a $25.00 GC for .2222 BTC
At the current exchange rate, that cost me $25.02
This is MAGICAL!
I'm going to eat lunch everyday for the next month using only Bitcoin!

Did you buy it for yourself or send it to someone else? If you bought it for yourself please explain how you did and what version of the app you're using. I don't see an update for 1.4 and also don't see a self-purchase option, only an option to purchase and send to someone else.
I didn't see the update that allows self purchase either.
I have a Sony Android phone and the current Gyft app in the Play Store for me is 1.4
I ended up sending it to a guy in my office then told him to send me the e-mail. From there it's pretty self explanatory.

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