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Has Anyone Used Bitcoin or Other Cryptocurrencies as a Medium of Exchange?

I saw an mainstream ad for a debit card to access Bitcoin funds.  I imagined it being a little like travelling and they ask if they want you to hit the card in their currency or in USD at the store's exchange rate.  I've always found my card gives a favorable exchange rate.  

 

My question is whether anyone is using Bitcoin for trade.  Have you known of someone offering to clean out the eavestroughs, for example, for 3 mBTC?  

 

I'm intrigued by the concept of cryptocurrencies, but it seems like for them to be "currencies" people will have to use them as a medium of exchange for legitimate trades.  Is that happening?  If so, is anyone earning them and spending them without promptly converting them back to a state-backed currency like USD?

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Has Anyone Used Bitcoin or Other Cryptocurrencies as a Medium of Exchange?

Problem I see is there's 2 variables....the price of labor or goods goes up and the exchange rate of bitcoin goes up or down so who knows how much to charge in terms of mBTC? One day 3 would be fine but the next it might be only 2 if bitcoin were worth more in dollar terms.

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Has Anyone Used Bitcoin or Other Cryptocurrencies as a Medium of Exchange?


@martinmarks1919 wrote:

Problem I see is there's 2 variables....the price of labor or goods goes up and the exchange rate of bitcoin goes up or down so who knows how much to charge in terms of mBTC? One day 3 would be fine but the next it might be only 2 if bitcoin were worth more in dollar terms.


State-backed currencies also fluctuate with respect to one another and with respect to a basket of goods and services.  But they're stable enough to use as a medium of exchange.  I have just been learning about cryptocurrency.  It seems like at best they will become like precious metals, which are used as stores of value but rarely as media of exchange because their value fluctuates too much.  

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