If you have a few bitcoins burning a hole in your (digital) wallet, there’s good news; more retailers than ever are accepting cryptocurrency as payment, even the ones that you wouldn’t expect.
Here are a few of the most surprising, and unusual, things you can buy with Bitcoin. Keep an eye out, too. The list of companies accepting cryptocurrencies continues to grow.
You’ve probably heard by now that you can buy a Tesla with bitcoins. It’s been highly publicized, but it’s not easy.
Once you commit to buying a Tesla using Bitcoin, you have to follow through or you will lose the opportunity. You will only have 30 minutes to finalize your purchase and Tesla won’t issue a refund for overpayments or transactions sent to the wrong address.
If you have a way to get a vehicle transferred from the U.K., you can also buy a BMW using bitcoins, but you’ll have to go through a third-party site.
In the market for some new furniture? Overstock can take your Bitcoin. Just fill your cart with the items you want to buy and at checkout, choose “Pay with Bitcoin.” There is, of course, a catch. You can only combine your bitcoins with Overstock.com gift cards, in-store credit, Club O rewards, and/or coupons.
If you’re looking for luxury furnishings, consider Fancy.com. Based in New York City, Fancy focuses on selling its items through customers sharing photos on social media. You can pay for your purchases on Fancy using Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash.
It’s not easy to buy pizza using bitcoins in the U.S. yet. But it can be done. You’ll just need a third-party app to get started.
To order pizza from Domino’s Pizza using your bitcoins, you’ll go through a service called Lightning Pizza to move small portions of your cryptocurrency to the restaurant.
4. Fast food
As long as you’re thinking about food, there are some fast-food restaurants that will let you pay using cryptocurrency. One is Subway. Several locations have announced Bitcoin acceptance over the past decade.
Yes, you can use bitcoins to keep your feet warm. MtSocks provides a full line of unique socks available for purchase using bitcoins.
If you’re in the market for a sock swap, the Unisocks Exchange lets you buy and sell socks using digital currency. You’ll have to connect your digital wallet to get started.
Due to the processing fees that come with smaller purchases, there aren’t many opportunities to buy candy using your bitcoins. But one manufacturer came up with a Bitcoin-enabled candy dispenser called SweetBit.
7. Event tickets
Digital transactions are where Bitcoin’s technology shines. So it’s no surprise that there’s a variety of options for buying event tickets online, including:
- The Oakland A’s offer a six-person suite for the price of one bitcoin.
- The Dallas Mavericks not only allow bitcoin payments, but you’ll also get a discount on merchandise for paying that way.
- The Miami Dolphins accept both Bitcoin and Litecoin.
- Manhattan residents can use a local company called Blockparty to buy concert tickets using bitcoins.
If you’re hosting an event, there are plugins that make it easy to accept Bitcoin payments from attendees. Solutions like Big Tickets facilitate transactions to take the stress off of you.
8. A vacation
Your crypto payment opportunities don’t end once you arrive at your destination. An increasing number of hotels are accepting Bitcoin, including The Kessler Group, a U.S.-based luxury hotel chain.
If you really want to spend your cryptocurrency, consider taking a trip to Vegas. Bitcoin ATMs are located throughout the city, and hotels The D and Golden Gate accept bitcoins as payment.
9. Electronic equipment
Looking for electronics? Take your bitcoins to Newegg, a site that makes it easy to pay directly from your favorite Bitcoin wallet.
Newegg sells everything from gaming chairs to drones, so you won’t be limited to laptops and software. You can even buy pressure washers and dishwashers on Newegg.
10. Television service
If you have enough bitcoins to handle recurring payments, consider shifting your monthly TV subscription to your Bitcoin wallet. Dish jumped into the Bitcoin game in 2014 and now accepts both Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. The service uses BitPay to process its subscription payments.
Whether you choose burial or cremation for your loved ones, or yourself, funerals can be expensive. If you have been holding on to bitcoins that you don’t know how to spend, why not consider a purchase that could help your family’s time of grief a little less stressful?
At least a couple of funeral service providers now accept Bitcoin as a form of payment. The first one in the U.S. was St. Paul, Minnesota’s Crescent Tide Funeral and Cremation Services, which started accepting bitcoins in 2014.
12. A night at the movies
Going to the movies can be expensive, especially if you’re buying for an entire family. Bitcoin can’t help you with popcorn and sodas, but you can use it to buy your tickets.
MovieTickets.com is one of the largest merchants to embrace cryptocurrency as a payment method. You can buy tickets to about 900 U.S. movie theaters through the site, which lets you enter your zip code to see only the movies and theaters available in your area. Theaters accepting tickets purchased through MovieTickets.com include Regal Cinemas, which has locations across the U.S.
Christie’s made news when it decided to accept Ether cryptocurrency as a form of payment at their auctions. Obviously, that won’t help you if you only have Bitcoin, but there are other options.
Verisart has set up a platform that makes it easy for artists to accept Bitcoin, so your favorite local artist may be willing to set it up for your purchases. There’s also a long list of U.S.-based art galleries that accept Bitcoin as payment for art.
14. A frappuccino
You’ll need a special payment app called Bakkt, but you can now use bitcoins at Starbucks locations across the country. Your bitcoins will be translated to Starbucks Cards that are saved in your Starbucks account on the Starbucks app. You’ll then pay using the app in the store.
15. A college degree
In 2014, New York City’s King’s College began accepting Bitcoin for tuition. From there, a few other schools have begun accepting cryptocurrency for payment.
But you don’t have to use your digital wallet to make the payment. Many students and their families simply invest in Bitcoin, then cash out when it’s time to start paying. You could also invest in cryptocurrency after graduation, then use your earnings to pay off any student loans you built up during college. There are some downsides to going this route, though, including the risk that Bitcoin value will drop while college tuition will continue to rise.
It’s easier than ever to use your bitcoins without cashing it out. If you’re looking for a way to spend some of the excess money in your wallet, you can either choose a retailer that accepts it or put your tokens toward gift cards. Whether you’re shopping locally or online, there are plenty of options for spending your tokens.