The phenomenon of cryptocurrency has not been limited to the financial services and B2B sectors. Instead, it has expanded into B2C services in everyday use for everyday people. You’ve probably heard that you can use Bitcoin and altcoins to buy things like DApps on Ethereum and gift cards on eGifter. Additionally, you’re probably aware that several restaurants having started to accept cryptocurrency. But some items are true rarities, ones that you probably wouldn’t fathom to accept cryptocurrency, at least not yet, as the industry is still in relative infancy. Here are 5 of the more unusual things you didn’t know you could buy with cryptocurrency.
Oscar Vote Counts
Bitcoin has become utilitarian for the entertainment industry… sort of. While cryptocurrency is largely left out of show business, save for some few exceptions, Bitcoin has been used to purchase a showbiz-style accounting service. In 2017, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), one of the Big Four auditors, processed its first Bitcoin payment. The company provides audits, assurance, tax and consulting services and had a major client in 2017: the illustrious Oscar Awards. In serving the Oscars, PWC crunched the awards on Oscar vote counts, through which winners in the fields of acting and directing were successfully determined, in the biggest event in the entertainment industry, all thanks to Bitcoin.
Bitcoin can become a financial utility for buying things that are comparatively essential, like food and clothing. But that hasn’t stopped it from veering into the luxury goods market. BitDials.eu is the world’s first crypto-only e-commerce platform for the purchase of luxury watches. Besides Rolex, the site offers Chanel, Omega, Breguet and many other luxury watch brands. The site also sells jewelry. Another elite Bitcoin marketplace is de Louvois, which also offers luxury watches and jewelry, along with antiques and collectibles. The next time you ask someone where they bought their first Rolex or pricey item, don’t be surprised that it was from a cryptocurrency platform.
The town of Saint Paul, Minnesota may be small, but it is lethally grand (pun intended) in its role in the cryptocurrency market, at least through one of its local businesses. Crescent Tide Funeral & Cremation is a licensed funeral service provider that has pioneered the funeral field into the cryptocurrency space by allowing people to pay for funerals with Bitcoin. The company provides caskets, cremation, pre-planning, obituaries and grief services, all of which can be bought with BTC. Bitcoin enthusiasts will rejoice in knowing that paying with BTC will save them 3% on the services offered from Crescent Tide. Although funerals are a serious matter, they allow those who have passed away, usually the elderly, to be condoled in a digital style.
Central Texas Gun Works, a gun store and firearms academy in Austin, Texas is not only equipping people with guns, but coupling them with the power of cryptocurrency. The business offers a variety of courses on handling firearms, including pistol classes for beginners, firearm safety classes, refresher classes and security classes. Its online shop offers a wide array of guns, including compact guns, sports guns and semi-automatic guns. Customers have the option of using a layaway service to finance their guns or education and can make purchases with Bitcoin. Bitcoin is accepted both online and in-store.
Litecoin holders too have a rather unconventional use for their altcoin, as they can have their photo taken with their LTC. Common Spark Media, a photography studio in Glen Allen, Virginia, offers customers who wish to record important moments in their lives through photography to do so crypto-style. The photography service offers professional shots of weddings, engagements, graduations and travel expeditions. It also offers more custom services dedicated to couples and senior citizens. Those interested to see previous works from the company can do so on their website, which displays snapshots of works with previous clients.
Items available for purchase with cryptocurrency are getting weirder and weirder. This is likely to continue as niche markets develop in the cryptocurrency space. Although merchants have almost entirely opened their payment options to Bitcoin, more crypto options are certainly on the horizon, with the growth of the industry.
While it’s always compelling to learn what kind of outlandish, or at the very least, unexpected, products and services can be bought with cryptocurrency, there is one place in the world where these things are becoming extremely commonplace: Japan. In this East Asian country, crypto holders can buy just about anything.
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