Many people still associate Bitcoin with illegal activities and drug trafficking. It is, in fact, much harder to use the digital currency for anything like that, especially compared to traditional fiat currencies. That being said, you can use Bitcoin to buy certain items that could, at best, be considered “grey area”. Hackaday, an online store selling all sorts of items, is now accepting Bitcoin.
Hackaday – Not Your Average Online Shop
When you open up the Hackaday website for the first time, you might be slightly intimidated by what you are seeing. As the name suggests, Hackaday brings the internet a fresh hack each and every day. Most people automatically associate hacking with illegal activity, and while this is true to a certain extent, there is a positive side to hacking as well.
Tinkering with technology – both on the software and hardware side of things – is also called “hacking”. The term extends far beyond what you may see in movies or on TV. Hacking is also synonymous with testing security systems that we currently use today. For instance, if your bank’s website did not get tested on a regular basis, it could end up getting hacked for the wrong reasons by the wrong kind of people.
And there are also hackathons, which have one simple goal of bringing people together to work on an idea in a limited amount of time. A few tools are given to use, and all the rest is up to aspiring developers who have to “hack” together an application or tool within a few days. As you can see, there is much more to hacking than trying to steal someone’s money.
This is what Hackaday also wants to promote, as they focus on the positive side of hacking. For instance, just yesterday, they made a post about how someone made a large NES console controller with Legos. Or what about an interactive robot, dubbed “Project naughty ball”? These are positive sides of hacking that deserve far more attention.
Hackaday Web Store Accepting Bitcoin
A few days ago, the Hackaday site owners announced they had started accepting Bitcoin payments in their web store. With lots of different products to choose from, Bitcoin acceptance could be a smart move on the part of Hackaday. Not only will they be able to reduce transaction costs by quite a margin, but their potential customer base has become much larger as well.
And it has to be said, the Hackaday web store offers some very interesting products. If you have ever wanted to tinker around a bit with development boards such as a Teensy or a Bus Pirate, you won’t have to look much further. There is also the Hackaday Omnibus (2014), T-shirts, gift cards and even a nano quadcopter up for sale.
It is interesting to note that, before accepting Bitcoin payments, Hackaday only accepted Paypal payments on their web store. Considering the fact that Paypal has been working on integrating Bitcoin payments into its platform through Braintree, this could be an indication of merchants not willing to wait on Paypal to deliver on that promise.
Source: Hackaday Blog
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