updated 04:09 pm EDT, Fri July 18, 2014
Dell works with Coinbase to enable Bitcoin payments
Dell is following the lead of other online retailers, in allowing US customers to buy computers with Bitcoin. The notebook and server producer will now accept the cryptocurrency as a form of payment on its website, with chief executive Michael Dell proclaiming that the move makes Dell the "world's largest ecommerce business to accept bitcoin."
The company is working with Coinbase to perform payment processing, reports The Next Web. Customers wishing to pay by Bitcoin will have to select it as their payment method when submitting an order, with users then redirected to Coinbase to perform the actual payment. Funds can be transferred directly from a nominated Bitcoin wallet using a generated payment address, by scanning a QR code using a smartphone, or by using a Coinbase account. To promote the new payment option, Dell is offering a 10-percent discount up to the value of $150 off the price of an Alienware PC or notebook when payment is performed using Bitcoin.
Dell's use of Bitcoin could be considered part of a wider acceptance of the virtual currency. Both Dish Network and Newegg take payments in Bitcoin, while the Bitcoin Foundation has hired lobbyists to help members of the US government understand it. On the more frivolous side, Google has started to offer Bitcoin as part of its currency conversion searches, while Bloomberg was at one point reportedly testing a ticker for use on its terminals.