Jan 30, 2015 by Stephane
Recently I added a new form of payment to the website - Bitcoin. The fact that you can now buy Westvleteren with Bitcoin must be a world premier!
You probably have heard of Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that's getting more and more popular. Despite its ups and downs, it's getting more and more Positive press. American retailers and companies like Overstock, Newegg and even Microsoft now accept it for payment of goods. In Europe the retailer showroomprive.com and Monoprix also accept it as a form of payment. Advantages of Bitcoin are: reduced processing costs, no cross border transfer fees and significant decreased risk of fraud.
Here's a recent video from New Scientist that explains how Bitcoin works:
When you buy Westvleteren (or any other beer) with Bitcoin on this website, the transaction is handled by Coinbase, one of the most reputable companies offering this service. They currently support over 21,000 merchants like myself that allow Bitcoin transactions.
So, how does it work on this website? Once you've decided which product you'd like to order, simply click the Buy link which will take you straight to the checkout page. Here you'll see two payment tabs, one for traditional credit cards and another for Bitcoin payment. Make sure all required fields are filled in before you launch the Bitcoin payment window (you'll be notified of any missing values so don't worry).
The Bitcoin payment window is launched by Coinbase who handle the entire transaction from here on. After a succesfull payment, you'll receive a "confirmation of order" from myself and shortly after another email saing the Bitcoin payment was accepted. In other words, placing an order with BTC is no different from other payment methods. It's pretty much fool-proof.
If you've got some Bitcoins to spend why not give it a shot and buy Westvleteren to see what all the fuss is about!