Why Buy With Bitcoin?
If you live in the United States, Canada, Europe, or Australia you probably do not think much about being able to buy things online. You just pull out your Visa or MasterCard and pay for it. It’s easy. Maybe you prefer paypal because you don’t want to put your credit card numbers into another website that might get hacked.
But what if you live in other parts of the world where Paypal or Visa/MasterCard won’t let you open an account? How can you buy much of anything online?
Here at pcTattletale we would get this question at our help desk once in a while:
“How can I pay you if I live in a remote part of Afghanistan that does not have credit cards or paypal?”
Until now we had no answer for them. They could not buy and enjoy our software.
With bitcoin it does not matter where you live. Any person can send bitcoin to anyone else without anyone’s permission. You do not need PayPal’s permission to get an account. You do not need to beg Visa and MasterCard to check your credit and decide if they should issue you a credit card or not.
Bitcoin is more secure than credit cards too. You never leave your “bitcoin numbers” on someone’s site. You only send the bitcoins to them. There are not credit-card numbers to store and we all know those credit card numbers can be stolen.
How To Get Your First Bitcoin
There are a few things about Bitcoin that most people don’t understand. The first one is that you don’t need to buy a whole bitcoin (currently the price of bitcoin is over $9,000 USD for just one bitcoin). You can buy VERY small pieces of a bitcoin. The first thing you will notice about bitcoin is how many decimal places it can have (a lot more than 2 like the US dollar). So even if you want to buy $1 worth of bitcoin you can.
The best place to start with bitcoin is a service called coinbase. They are like Paypal for bitcoin. When you sign up you will link your bank account just like Paypal. Then you can deposit as much (or as little) money as you want. Coinbase will turn it into bitcoins for you. It is easy.
Now that you have some bitcoins in your account you will probably want to see how to spend them.
How to Buy pcTattletale with Bitcoin
Buying pcTattletale with Bitcoin is easy. In fact if you never bought anything with Bitcoin before this might be a fun way to see how easy it really is.
First go sign up for our pcTattletale Free Trial and put the app on the devices you want to record.
When you go to your account settings you will see that your account is in Free trial mode. Click the “upgrade account” button.
Next you will see some payment options just pick Bitcoin:
The very next thing you will see is a payment screen and QR code. This is where you send your bitcoins too. If you are viewing it on a computer just pull out your phone and open your bitcoin app. There will be an option to “send bitcoin”. It should open your phone’s camera to take a picture of the QR code.
Just agree to the amount and the bitcoins are sent.
A few seconds later you will see you just bought pcTattletale.
That is all there is to it. You just bought pcTattletale with bitcoin. It only took a few seconds and there were no banks involved. Plus your “credit card numbers” are not stored anywhere. Nobody can be hacked and risk your personal credit card numbers stolen.
Other things you can buy with bitcoin
Here is a list of 10 other popular businesses that accept bitcoin. If you are looking for more things to spend your bitcoins on:
- KFC Canada
- Gyft (Lets you buy giftcards with bitcoin)
Going forward bitcoin is only going to become more and more popular. The internet (and the world) needs an updated way to frictionlessly send money online. Paypal and credit cards were a good start but they have gatekeepers that restrict where they are used.
Consider that at the time of this writing (2018) only 1 billion of the 7 billion people on the planet are even allowed to have credit cards or paypal. What about the other 6 billion people? They are perfect candidates for bitcoin and other crypto currencies.
Want to accept bitcoin at your own business?
We used a service called bitpay to set up and accept bitcoin payments. It took us around 2 hours to do all the integration work. But if you own a brick and mortar business it is much faster and easier. You just need to download their Mobile app and enter the payments as “cash” in your store’s POS system.
If you have ever wondered about bitcoin and how you buy things with it pcTattletale is the perfect place to start.