How to spend bitcoin at major retailers

If you’ve been wondering how to spend bitcoin, crypto payments startup Flexa has news for you. On Monday, just as New York’s Consensus blockchain conference was getting underway, crypto payments startup Flexa made a huge announcement: people can now spend crypto at 15 major retailers in the US. This means you can now buy anything from a coffee to a coffee machine with bitcoin or other crypto.

Stores where customers can buy products with bicoin and other cryptocurrencies via Flexa.

That’s right: using an iPhone app, you can pay for goods in-store with bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether, and Gemini dollar.

As we wrote in a recent article, there are two key advantages to crypto payments over traditional fiat transactions: 70% lower fees paid by merchants and settlement time within the hour, rather than several days.

Flexa manages to tackle the primary issues with crypto payments:

  • Making it easy for consumers to pay at the point of sale (POS) through the Spedn iOS app (Android coming soon)
  • Getting retailers onboard by not making them having to deal with crypto(they receive fiat). These stores are already equipped with the POS hardware that works with Spedn, making adoption seamless.

What’s in a name?

While Spedn’s name may well induce a healthy dose of cringe, this is no doubt good news for crypto adoption and anyone wanting to know how to spend bitcoin. Flexa, which raised $14 million through a private token sale, claims that over 30,000 stores accept payments through the Spedn wallet, though we tallied closer to 19,000 from its official partners. Perhaps this figure includes Starbucks, which hasn’t yet been announced as an official partner — despite the Winklevoss twins paying for coffee with Spedn at a New York location on Monday.

Looking at the list of launching partners, what’s interesting is the diverse purchases now possible with crypto. Considering that you can now buy fancy furniture, tasteful cast-iron pots, and supplies for home improvement projects, consumers who have been HODLing through the crypto winter now have something a bit more sensible than a Lambo to spend it on.

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