DELL HAS BEGUN ACCEPTING the virtual currency Bitcoin at its online stores.
Dell has already taken payments in Bitcoin, through gift cards, or Gyft cards to use its term, but it has gone further now, partnering with Coinbase to take the virtual cash directly.
As well as piloting Bitcoin the firm is also promoting it with some offers, For example, punters that buy an Alienware something with Bitcoin in the Dell store will get a 10 percent discount.
The test starts in the US, for both business and consumer purchasers, and whether this appeals to it or not, Dell is pretty pleased with itself.
"We're excited to bring you the choice and flexibility this payment option offers and have partnered with Coinbase, a trusted and secure third party payment processor, to make this possible," it said in a blog post.
Coinbase was equally flushed with joy, and its co-founder said that it and Dell have a long and cozy relationship.
"We've fostered a close partnership with the Dell team and that's been instrumental in getting the Coinbase integration up and running in such a short timeframe," said Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam.
"We look forward to continuing to support the team as they explore other ways to offer even more functionality when it comes to Bitcoin payments."
Dell said that Bitcoins can be mined or bought, and that they can be purchased through Coinbase. Mined coins take a lot of processing power, and it said that this might not be within the reach of all interested investors.
It recommended that people use a clean, off the web wallet to store their Bitcoins, and recommended using trusted, open source software.
Dell isn't the only electronics retailer to support Bitcoin. Newegg earlier this month also announced support for the virtual currency, and is also offering customers a 10 percent discount. µ