What can you buy with Bitcoin?

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It's likely to become easier to use Bitcoin to buy things online.

Elon Musk recently announced that it will soon be possible to buy a Tesla with Bitcoin in the US -- news that could definitively bring the cryptocurrency into the mainstream. Major retailers are few and far between to accept this payment method, but there are still some ways to spend your hard-earned crypto assets.

With the price of Bitcoin currently riding high over $50,000, you'll need a bit less than one Bitcoin to buy a standard Tesla Model 3, or a bit more to buy the Performance model. Anyone flush in the cryptocurrency could shell out up to three Bitcoin on a Tesla Model S Plaid Plus.

In the end, this announcement is relatively logical, since Tesla already invested $1.5 billion in Bitcoin earlier this year. It could even encourage other major names in the industry to accept Bitcoin as a payment method.

On the internet, Bitcoin has for a long time been associated with buying drugs or weapons on the dark web. But Bitcoin has since moved into the mainstream, especially since its price skyrocketed (first at the end of 2017, then again a few months ago.

Currently, there aren't many brands that accept payment by Bitcoin, whether in real-world or online stores. There are, nevertheless, some handy directories listing places that accept Bitcoin, either nearby or elsewhere in the world.

Note that it's also possible to spend Bitcoins on various websites thanks to PayPal, since the famous online payment service accepts transactions in Bitcoin. This is currently operational in the US and should roll out worldwide in 2021.

Bitcoin is generally not considered legal tender, but in many countries, the use of Bitcoin isn't illegal in itself. Still, the cryptocurrency's legal status varies from country to country. Plus, sellers and services that do accept Bitcoin do so at their own risk, notably of seeing its price crash.

World map of places to spend Bitcoin: coinmap.org/view .

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David Bénard