Shut up and take my bitcoins! A map of Bitcoin-friendly businesses

50m 7pt map MapA1 white20 Nov 2013 / Washington Post – The Jeep dealership in Overland Park, Kan. looks just like any other — rows of shiny new cars filling up a gigantic lot, with a spacious indoor showroom to one side. What you wouldn’t know from walking by on the street, however, is that the enterprising salesmen at Overland Park will trade you an entire car for a bucket of intangible gold.

Overland Park Jeep is one of over 200 real-world businesses in the United States that accept bitcoins, the virtual currency that’s lately taken Washington by storm. The total value of all bitcoins in circulation is around $6 billion — though that number fluctuates as the price of bitcoins wobbles, sometimes spectacularly, relative to the dollar. While most places that take bitcoins exist only on the Internet, some retailers have proven more adventurous.

Earlier this year on a visit to Palo Alto, Calif., I stopped in a local coffee shop — Coupa Cafe, on Ramona Street. After ordering a tea and a latte, I reached for my credit card before noticing a bit of green text on the bill. At first I thought they’d tacked on an extra charge, but on closer inspection, it turns out that I could have paid for my drinks in bitcoins instead…. Read More

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