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Anti-Bitcoin Discrimination in the year 2016

Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:58 pm

Bitcoin.com is in the process of setting up a online store selling Bitcoin themed apparel such as T-shirts, and socks.
In order to make these products more accessible to people around the world, we wanted to accept credit cards in addition to Bitcoin.
We setup a Shopify store, added our first two products, and then contacted 2Checkout, the credit card processor recommended by Shopify.

We were very surprised and disappointed when 2Checkout.com denied our Shopify based store, that sells socks and t-shirts, a credit card merchant account because our website also “offers information on Bitcoin”.

I think this is a great opportunity for us to help these misinformed companies become more knowledgable about Bitcoin and how it works.
Please see our email exchange with 2Checkout below to get a grasp for just how little understanding some people still have about Bitcoin.
In the year 2016 with companies like Microsoft, Dell, Expedia, NASDAQ, Shopify, and many more directly accepting and using Bitcoin, It's the Bitcoin community's job to help misinformed companies like 2Checkout see the light.

In light of the current situation, their twitter profile also seems to be more than a bit misleading:

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Please see the email chain below for the full details:
Hello,

Account Number: {redacted}
URL: http://store.Bitcoin.com

We appreciate your interest in 2Checkout. After further review of your website, we have determined that we are unable to support your business at this time, as items or services you offer are on our Prohibited Products List, you can find the complete list at https://www.2checkout.com/policies/proh ... oduct-list. We regret that we are unable to meet your business’ needs.

To help you avoid disruption to your business, you may contact Allied Wallet to apply for a merchant account. Before applying, please refer to Allied Wallet's merchant business types matrix, https://www.alliedwallet.com/prohibited-industries/. To determine if your business is supportable, you may visit Allied Wallet's website to apply for a merchant account at http://go.2checkout.com/alliedwallet. All applications are subject to approval by Allied Wallet,

Thank you again for your interest.

Regards,

New Accounts Team
2Checkout
Hello,

I’ve read the list of prohibited products and I’m confused why we were denied.
We currently only offer two products, a t-shirt, and socks.
Would you mind sharing for me which one is prohibited and why?
You can review the beta store yourself at: https://store.bitcoin.com/
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Thanks so much for your attention to this matter,

Roger Ver
roger@bitcoin.com
Visit the all new https://www.bitcoin.com

Greetings,

Thanks for the note. 2Checkout does not support Bitcoin associated sites. You will need to seek another payment processor.

Account Executive - 2Checkout

Hi {redacted},

Just to be clear then, if Microsoft, Dell, Expedia, Shopify, or Nasdaq asked 2Checkout to process their credit card payments, you would deny them as well?
All of them currently accept Bitcoin, and are thus Bitcoin associated sites.

I look forward to hearing your position clarified so I can fully understand what you are saying.

Thanks so much for your time,

Roger Ver
roger@bitcoin.com
Visit the all new https://www.bitcoin.com

Greetings,

Thanks for the note! 2Checkout does not process payments in BitCoin nor do we support sites that offer options for buying, selling and trading Bitcoin. 2Checkout does not support sites that offer information for Mining Bitcoin, Spending Bitcoin, offering BitCoin wallets. Your site will not be supported by 2Checkout. You will need to seek another payment processor.

{redacted}
Account Executive - 2Checkout
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I would never dream of forcing someone to do business with me who doesn't want to, but I also think this is a perfect example of an appropriate time to apply some social pressure to get companies to adapt to the times.
There is nothing illegal about Bitcoin, and companies selling T-shirts shouldn't be discriminated against just because they are selling Bitcoin themed shirts. What does the rest of the Bitcoin community think?
For now, you can show your support by buying some swag with Bitcoin at store.bitcoin.com
Help spread Bitcoin by linking to everything mentioned here:
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Re: Anti-Bitcoin Discrimination in the year 2016

Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:59 pm

Pathetic.

Btw, why do you need a scam fiat payment processor?

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Re: Anti-Bitcoin Discrimination in the year 2016

Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:07 pm

Pathetic.

Btw, why do you need a scam fiat payment processor?
Perhaps we don't.
We already had a bunch of orders today, and they were all paid in Bitcoin.
Help spread Bitcoin by linking to everything mentioned here:
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Re: Anti-Bitcoin Discrimination in the year 2016

Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:13 pm

Pathetic.

Btw, why do you need a scam fiat payment processor?
Perhaps we don't.
We already had a bunch of orders today, and they were all paid in Bitcoin.
You should set up an open bazaar shop too.

Do you ship to europe? I would order a few things if the shipping is not too expensive.

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Re: Anti-Bitcoin Discrimination in the year 2016

Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:46 am

Pathetic.

Btw, why do you need a scam fiat payment processor?
Perhaps we don't.
We already had a bunch of orders today, and they were all paid in Bitcoin.
I'm waiting on some exclusive signed shirts.... but in the meantime I might as well order some shirts now before they sell out! :)

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