Bitcoins are a completely digital currency - customers can send bitcoins using client software on a personal computer, mobile device or web application. Bitcoin payments are easier to make than debit or credit card purchases - simply enter the recipient's address, the payment amount and press send. You as a customer are in full control of the transaction; it is impossible for us as a merchant to force unwanted or unnoticed charges. Bitcoin payments can be made without any personal information tied to the transactions made, offering strong protection against identity theft. Your payment is received almost instantly (about 10 minutes after you sent your payment) and Amsterdamshops can start preparing your order.
What is Bitcoin?
Paying with Bitcoin allows for an easy, secure and private way for you to send us a payment, without any middle men or banks. Bitcoin is an internet currency that uses secure lines of code to ensure that they cannot be manipulated in the way banks manipulate hard currency. It has led to a free and decentralized currency available to anyone and everyone worldwide with internet access.
There are many advantages of using Bitcoin over traditional payment methods. For instance, using Bitcoin makes it easier and safer to send money across the net, as there are no third-parties that incur their own costs.
Secondly, the code or BLOCK CHAIN that is attached to the payment not only makes it secure, but also anonymous, making it extremely hard for third parties and government agencies to poke their nose where it is not wanted.
A great video explaining how Bitcoin works can be found here:
Making a payment to Amsterdamshops using Bitcoin
To make a payment to Amsterdamshops using Bitcoin you will need to have a Bitcoin Wallet that contains some of the currency.
A Bitcoin wallet is a way to easily manage your Bitcoins, giving you a user friendly interface to buy, send and receive them.
Setting up a Wallet
Getting a bitcoin wallet doesn't really require understanding of the technical details. Once you have installed a bitcoin wallet on your computer or mobile phone, it will generate your first bitcoin address that can be used to send and receive bitcoins. This is actually pretty similar to how email works. There are several types of wallets avaiable: in the form of software (computer programs), mobile (phone apps), or web (online sites).
You can use this website to search for bitcoin wallets. Below are some examples:
Buy some Bitcoins
After you have created a wallet, you will have to add some bitcoins to it before you can make your first payment. There are many places online where you can easily and safely buy bitcoins with a bank transfer, iDeal, Sofort, Paypal, cash or basically any payment method available.
Use this website to find a bitcoin exchange service, or just choose one of these:
Sending Your Payment to Amsterdamshops
Now that you have a Bitcoin Wallet, we will show you how to send us a payment.
1. On the checkout screen of your order with Amsterdamshops you will be presented with all your possible payment options. Select BITCOIN to proceed with a Bitcoin payment.
2. After you selected bitcoins you will see this popup. It is just a information popup for clients who dont know bitcoins. Just click PROCEED and you will be taken to the payment page at bitkassa.nl
Sending Your Payment to Amsterdamshops
3. You will now be taken to the payment information screen. It displays all the information you need to send off your payment to us! (Note: Do NOT click the Pay with Bitcoin button if you have an online wallet).
The information you will need is:
- The Amsterdamshops Bitcoin address
- The payment amount
- The order number
4. Open up your Bitcoin Wallet and scan the IQ code with your mobile phone and follow instructions.
Some mobile wallets allow you to send the bitcoins by simply scanning or clicking/tapping the QR-code. If this doesn't work, use your wallet to transfer the bitcoins to the address that is provided. After the bitcoins have been received on that address your order will be updated automatically and instantly.
BE INFORMED YOU ONLY HAVE 15 MINUTES MAX TO MAKE THE PAYMENT! AFTER 15MINUTES YOUR INVOICE WILL EXPIRE AND YOUR PAYMENT WILL NOT ARRIVE!!
5. We will then process your order as normal and get your items out to you ASAP.
Of course, if you are new to Bitcoin, then there is a very good chance that you do not own any! In this situation, you can spend real money to buy Bitcoin. For example if you set up a wallet with the example online wallet we showed (Electrum), you can buy Bitcoins directly from Bitkassa to deposit into your wallet.
Click here to buy your Bitcoins:
Other sellers of Bitcoin include:
www.bitonic.nl/ - A Dutch based Bitcoin Vendor
www.getcoincafe.com/ - An international Bitcoin Vendor
www.localbitcoins.com/ - An international Bitcoin Exchange
www.bitbargain.co.uk/ - A UK based Bitcoin Exchange
www.clevercoin.net/en - A Dutch based Bitcoin Exchange
www.bitcoinnordic.com/index_en.html - A Scandinavian based Bitcoin Vendor
These are just a few examples, there are many places to buy Bitcoins on the web if you do not have any yet!
Using Bitcoin could not be easier! Once you have learned the ropes all future transactions become a breeze, and the payments remain safe and anonymous!