As digital currencies gain legitimacy, their acceptance for goods, services and donations will continue to grow. Early adopters such as OkCupid, Overstock, Virgin Galactic and WordPress have accepted bitcoins for over a year and have reported positive experiences with the digital currency. Below are some notable companies, retailers, politicians and even sports organizations that have begun accepting bitcoin in 2014.
The Sun-Times, one of the United States’ oldest and most well-respected newspapers, began accepting bitcoin payments for subscription services in April, and has since reported that they are receiving a good chunk of their new subscription payments in bitcoin.
In July, Dell became the largest company to accept bitcoin, with annual net revenue in the US$50 billion+ range. The company indicated it was their intention to offer as many payment options to customers as possible. They are also offering a 10% discount on Alienware products if payments are made with bitcoin.
Direct satellite broadcast company Dish announced in May that it would begin to allow its customers to pay their bill online with bitcoin this year.
The travel company began accepting bitcoins for hotel bookings on its site in June. Expedia has indicated that eventually it would like to expand the option to other bookings, including flights and car rentals.
The California based online retailer of computer hardware and software began accepting bitcoin for its entire site in July 2014.
The reference site is run, along with its sister sites, by the non-profit organization The Wikimedia Foundation and depends upon donations to cover its budget. The Foundation announced in late-July that it would now be accepting donations in the form of bitcoins.
The floral and gift retailer announced last month that it would begin accepting bitcoin for purchases on its site in the fall of 2014.
There has also been much talk recently about US politicians on both sides of the aisle accepting bitcoin donations to their political campaigns. A few noteworthy examples are Dan Elder, a US House Candidate in the 1st Congressional District of Missouri who announced his campaign will be fully funded by bitcoin donations, and Washington State 2nd Congressional District candidate B.J. Guillot, who also spends time mining bitcoin.
Even professional sports teams are starting to get in on the action...
The NBA's Sacramento Kings became the first professional sports organization to accept bitcoin, giving their fans the option to use the digital currency in their team store and online store during the 2013-2014 season. Kings fans can now use bitcoins to purchase game tickets as well.
San Jose Earthquakes
Over in Major League Soccer, the San Jose Earthquakes began accepting bitcoin payments at Buck Shaw Stadium on May 25, 2014.