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July 29, 2011, 09:49:33 PM
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Would be nice to see if there are people out there who could advocate bitcoin to services and merchants who are prime candidates for its use.

We as individuals holding bitcoin have a self-interest in promoting it (and patronizing those businesses who do accept Bitcoin) so as the community grows, those business will be getting the "will you take bitcoin" inquiry often.  Thanks for hitting up Zaarly on that.  

Here was an effort to get FreeLancer.com to start using bitcoin.
 - http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=30476.0

There was at one time a bounty for getting certain merchants onboard:
 - http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=4667.0

Bruce Wagner is responsible for getting at least two restaurants in NYC to start accepting bitcoin, for instance.

For various reasons, national chains and larger ecommerce sites -- those who might benefit the most from adopting bitcoin, will likely not make the leap until they get pressure from competitors.

That why it is so awesome to see direct competitors such as http://ForBitcoin.com taking on Fiverr.com, for instance. And how ecommerce site http://BitcoinDeals.com will use Bitcoin's strengths as a competitive advantage over other alternatives in its space.

Bitcoin is becoming even more accessible to the general public with mobile apps like BitPay http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/BitPay and Bitcoin Android and a wider offering of ewallet providers such as https://walletbit.com  That will help change to the perception that Bitcoin will only be a niche community.

But of course, active promotion to merchants gets us there faster.  For example, Hackers on a Plane (HoaP) tweeted "Our customers for the flight into camp demand we accept BTC, so now we do."
 - http://twitter.com/#!/hackersonaplane/status/96267620952702979

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July 31, 2011, 11:37:47 PM
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https://bit-pay.com/  looks pretty cool, especially if you already have an online store and just want to add support for accepting bitcoins... YMMV though, I've never actually used it myself.

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https://bit-pay.com/  looks pretty cool, especially if you already have an online store and just want to add support for accepting bitcoins... YMMV though, I've never actually used it myself.

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Another similar site that you might want merchants to look into (once it's publicly released) is btcinch.com

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