Americans Can Now Buy Predatory Plants Using Bitcoin

Journalist:
May 29, 2014

Are flies annoying you? Do the bugs in your room bother you just as much as the bugs in your code? Do you think your Alpaca socks aren’t anywhere near as cool as they used to be? If you answered yes to any of these questions, especially the last one, you might benefit from a Venus Flytrap, paid for using Bitcoin. Predatory Plants is one of Bitpay’s 40,000 online merchants that bring in over $1 million USD worth of Bitcoin transactions every day. Predatory plants are an interesting novelty item that is completely removed from the tech industry that Bitcoin is so familiar with; however, the benefits of Bitcoin as a medium of exchange still shine through.  As time goes on, the amount of merchants that accept Bitcoin will only increase.  I have no doubt that this will happen regardless of the severity of continued volatility in the BTC/USD exchange rate.

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[dropcap size=small]A[/dropcap]mericans can now buy venus flytraps, sundews, butterworts, American, Australian and Tropical pitcher plants, cobra plants, heliamphora, seeds, supplies, and even gift certificates using Bitcoin. Predatory Plants’ website also includes an information section that informs predatory plant owners how to care for their new plants. Predatory Plants made an appearance on the Bitcoin subreddit to thank the community for its support. He left with these salient words:

Venus Flytraps are the alt currency of the future.

That’s right. Venus Flytraps… Not tulips.

PredatoryPlants.com

What Else Can Be Bought Using Bitcoin

The answer to this question largely depends on the reader’s locality. The United States is home to very large Bitcoin communities in each of the major cities. At this point, it is safe to say that Bitcoiners are represented in each and every state across the country. In Ohio, America’s first Bitcoin Boulevard stands strong despite a bizzare state ban on Bitcoin-for-Alcohol sales. In fact, across the world, regulation (or lack thereof) seems to be one of the primary roadblocks for greater adoption from established merchants whom tend to be risk-adverse and resistant to change. Some countries have adopted a wait-and-see Bitcoin policy so as not to stifle the potential growth of a native Bitcoin ecosystem.  In contrast, other countries such as China have made repeated Simpson-esque attempts to “completely cut off funding to Bitcoin trading.” Despite government intervention, subtle or active, Bitcoiners around the world are still finding ways to trade fiat for Bitcoin.  Simultaneously, merchants around the world are starting to accept Bitcoin: Allowing the aforementioned Bitcoiners to use their bitcoins without ever touching fiat again.

In this day and age, websites that deliver internationally are becoming ubiquitous. Unfortunately for Predatory Plants, the United States has signed treaties that makes it unbearably tiresome to ship these special plants internationally, even to Canada.  To the worldwide facing websites that accept Bitcoin, Bitcoiners are equal no matter what country they are from because the risk of fraud is equal (to zero). This equality is only present for Bitcoiners. To online merchants, American credit card or Paypal customers are always better than Russian ones. Bitcoin is fast becoming a preferred method of payment for more than just novelty stores such as Predatory Plants.

Last modified (UTC): May 29, 2014 13:41

Caleb Chen @bitxbitxbitcoin

Caleb is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he studied Economics, East Asian Studies, and Mathematics. He is currently pursuing his MSc in Digital Currency at the University of Nicosia.