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April 28, 2014, 10:02:49 PM
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I'm a long time Yelp user and it's great to see that they're now allowing merchants to advertise that they accept Bitcoin!
It's great news that Yelp a large merchant directory provider is open about Bitcoin.
Bitcoin movement on the roll!

<Example> - Scoll down and see the center right side (Accepts Bitcoin: Yes)
http://www.yelp.com/biz/brave-new-books-austin#query:brave%20book
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April 28, 2014, 10:09:48 PM
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That's actually pretty cool.  The issue with yelp, is that it is kind of like the unmoderated trust system that we have here on bitcointalk.   If there is a disgruntled employee or client, they can repeatedly post bad feedback on your business, and there is nothing you can do about it.   

A former employee, or customer (truthful or not), can basically bomb your profile with negative comments that have no validity, and there is nothing you can do about it.
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April 28, 2014, 11:09:11 PM
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interesting..

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April 28, 2014, 11:16:14 PM
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I'm a long time Yelp user and it's great to see that they're now allowing merchants to advertise that they accept Bitcoin!
It's great news that Yelp a large merchant directory provider is open about Bitcoin.
Bitcoin movement on the roll!

<Example> - Scoll down and see the center right side (Accepts Bitcoin: Yes)
http://www.yelp.com/biz/brave-new-books-austin#query:brave%20book

Pretty good news Smiley

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April 28, 2014, 11:36:55 PM
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I'm a long time Yelp user and it's great to see that they're now allowing merchants to advertise that they accept Bitcoin!
It's great news that Yelp a large merchant directory provider is open about Bitcoin.
Bitcoin movement on the roll!

<Example> - Scoll down and see the center right side (Accepts Bitcoin: Yes)
http://www.yelp.com/biz/brave-new-books-austin#query:brave%20book

Very cool!

I love to hear about another company accepting Bitcoins!

Great news! Much support!


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April 29, 2014, 12:16:46 AM
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I'll take any good news at this point.

China fudsters keep dragging us down.  Angry
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April 29, 2014, 12:20:24 AM
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I'll take any good news at this point.

China fudsters keep dragging us down.  Angry

Does this also to yelp.com China?   haha just kidding...
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April 29, 2014, 12:32:52 AM
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What is the point of merchant adoption? We are being told to hoard bitcoins and not spend it to create artificial shortage. Right now the news about bitcoin comes from used-bitcoin salesmen salesguysing and trying to draw in new fiat to sell their used bitcoins in the name of decentralization.

Sooner or later, more and more blogs and news outlets are going to start publishing the truth that Bitcoin is centralized and you need to buy bitcoins from used-bitcoin salesmen or bank of KnC or Bank of BFL.


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April 29, 2014, 02:49:27 AM
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What is the point of merchant adoption? We are being told to hoard bitcoins and not spend it to create artificial shortage. Right now the news about bitcoin comes from used-bitcoin salesmen salesguysing and trying to draw in new fiat to sell their used bitcoins in the name of decentralization.

Sooner or later, more and more blogs and news outlets are going to start publishing the truth that Bitcoin is centralized and you need to buy bitcoins from used-bitcoin salesmen or bank of KnC or Bank of BFL.

I believe that the best practice for bitcoin spending, at this time, is to spend bitcoins whenever possible (to patronize such businesses that accept bitcoins with your bitcoins rather than fiat); however, you should also replace the number of bitc that you used oins either before or soon after your purchase, so that your bitcoin holdings is always increasing or at minimum you are maintaining the same quantity of bitcoins in your holdings.

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April 29, 2014, 11:09:31 AM
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Yelp seriously love bitcoin. Yelp has business practices that are great for some not great for others but this is the biggest and best news for bitcoin in MONTHS! Give Yelp thumbs up for this, it is HUGE news for helping BTC go mainstream.
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May 14, 2014, 04:13:30 PM
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This is pretty awesome in terms of spreading bitcoin/virtual currency awareness, a lot of my friends still don't know what bitcoins are (even though I've tried to explain). Having this on the side may encourage them to start paying attention for sure!
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May 14, 2014, 05:19:57 PM
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Great to see. Too bad Ebay is owned by Paypal otherwise they would also allow to accept Bitcoin.
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May 14, 2014, 05:26:18 PM
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There are a lot of yelp users that will get exposure to bitcoin because of this. Once they get used to seeing it in so many places it becomes part of the scenery. If you are used to seeing it you no longer fear it. This is a good thing.

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May 14, 2014, 05:44:17 PM
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Great to see. Too bad Ebay is owned by Paypal otherwise they would also allow to accept Bitcoin.

It's actually the other way around.  Ebay owns Paypal, but Carl Icahn(who has a stake in Ebay as well as on Ebay's board) has been trying to split the 2 companies apart for several months already.

Until Ebay's CEO, John Donahoe, budges from his stance on keeping the EBay/Paypal marriage intact, then Bitcoin won't be an Ebay method of payment anytime soon.
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May 14, 2014, 05:46:41 PM
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So how exactly do you search for merchants on Yelp which accept bitcoin? I looked at the article on CNET and in their pic they show a place in Austin which accepts it. The problem is that when I try to refine search results for Austin, under General Features there is no Accepts Bitcoin feature, but there is one for credit cards.
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May 14, 2014, 06:02:07 PM
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I do not believe this is fully integrated.  Basically this is a tag that they need to show in the UI for filtering (features) just like accepts credit cards. They probably let the merchant add the tag now but he front-end is not ready to display it. 

It will take a while to see this populated just like any other directory so probably not a pressing priority for Yelp.  More PR
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They probably let the merchant add the tag now but he front-end is not ready to display it.

So basically this is pointless then. Unless you want to search for bitcoin on yelp, manually filter out all the places where a customer left a comment asking for the merchant to accept bit coin, filtering out all the food you dont want to eat, and filtering out all the places where you are outside of the delivery area, and filtering out all the places with shitty reviews.

I just looked in Chicago and there are only 4 places which accept it, a mover, maid, hair salon and computer repair shop. Why are these types of businesses even on Yelp? I thought it was a food site, not a Angies List knock off.
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