A growing number of online stores and brick-and-mortar businesses accept bitcoin as a means of direct payment. A few well-known retailers that do are:
- Online stores: AliExpress, Dell, Etsy, Expedia, Microsoft, Namecheap, Newegg, NordVPN, Overstock, Shopify, Travala, Twitch, Wix
- Physical stores: AMC, American Apparel, Barnes & Noble, Burger King (some locations), CheapAir, Expedia, Gamestop, Home Depot, Lowe's, PacSun, Sears, Starbucks, Whole Foods Market
There are also several companies that offer ways to pay for nearly anything using bitcoin. The following are three examples:
- BullBitcoin.com (Canada): a brokerage that allows you to send them payment instructions (e.g., PDFs of your bills), where they then generate a Bitcoin invoice based on that data, and when the money arrives on-chain or via Lightning, they pay the recipient. The recipient will not know that Bitcoin was used and gains no knowledge of your payment rails (bank accounts, credit card numbers, etc.).
- Shopinbit.com (EU): an online store that accepts bitcoin for a wide range of products and services, including a concierge service for custom trades.
- Bitrefill.com (worldwide): they offer gift cards for various shops and online services that can be purchased using bitcoin. These gift cards can then be used to exchange for goods and services.