Some are calling it the largest "math-based merchant event" ever. Some are calling it a "great way to spread the bitcoin payment love".
Its real name is Bitcoin Black Friday, and it is back for its second year bigger than ever. A number of merchants are offering unique deals on goods and services, here are some of the best available for Friday. Get over to these sites and spend some bitcoin!
Hosting service Monster Megs has been accepting bitcoin since March of this year. Now, 60% of the company's online sales are paid for in bitcoin. Because of this, the MonsterMegs is offering deals for Black Friday on shared hosting, enterprise hosting and reseller hosting packages, with discounts of up to 75%.
is a hosted wallet and payment processor for bitcoin. The company's goal is become something akin to Gmail for bitcoin, and one of its best features for customers who have US banks accounts is the ease with which they can move money from fiat to bitcoin and back again. The company is offering zero fees on buying, selling, sending and receiving bitcoins on 29th November.
A domain registrar that has been accepting bitcoin since March, with zero confirmations to ensure speedy processing. Namecheap is taking part in the Black Friday festivities for bitcoin. It is providing a 10% bonus to customers that add at least 0.1 BTC to their Namecheap funds. Not only this, they are handing out free domain coupons as well.
4. Bees Brothers
The Bees Brothers have been dubbed "the world's youngest bitcoin entrepreneurs". There are three of them, and they are barely teenagers, but they might be symbolic representatives for the future of money: Paperless, electronic and distributed. For Black Friday, you can get 20% off (on Friday and Saturday) on their honey-related products, great for the holiday season.
Bitcoin traders: Tired of paying incessant fees on your buy and sell orders of bitcoin? Wonder what it might be like to trade without fees? Wonder no more! BitQuick is offering customers a chance to purchase bitcoins with a 0% fee, which is the same fee it offers for selling BTC on a regular basis.
6. Reddit Gold
It's back! Shirtoshi is a small batch site for bitcoin-related shirts, featuring comical sayings like "Bitcoin Billionaire" and "Bitcoin the honey badger of money". Bitcoin deals site Coin Forest has brought back a Shirtoshi tee and for Black Friday customers can get this shirt pictured above at a 40% discount off the regular rate.
8. Bitcoin Black Friday
Some of the deals listed here are also participating in the official Bitcoin Black Friday event. This resource is a good place to go when looking for some really specific deals, as there are many located here. "People have been saying for years that bitcoin is a better way to pay online," said Jon Holmquist, who started the Bitcoin Black Friday event last year.
"So I'm challenging the bitcoin community to prove it, by saving tons of money and proving that bitcoin can be used for online commerce, and its users want to use it for online commerce, and not just speculation," he added.
Bitcoin Black Friday also has a giving component as well, which is important for the holiday season. The BitGive Foundation is working with Bitcoin Black Friday to accept donations that will go towards Typhoon relief in the Philippines.
Bottom line: if you have some bitcoin that has increased in value over the past few weeks or months, why not give back and spend some of that BTC this holiday season on something good for someone else?
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