Last year CEX (https://uk.webuy.com/) began accepting Bitcoin payments online, and by the end of the year they announced they were rolling out Bitcoin acceptance in their stores nation wide.
So, I went hurtling down to my local store, desperate to be the very first person in my city to make an in store purchase using Bitcoin, only to get there, having done without my breakfast and even coffee, to find out that they were not rolling it out to all stores.
I was pretty annoyed, and walked home in a sulk.
Today, I went in, only to find that they have quietly rolled it out locally, at last!
I asked to speak to the supervisor to make sure that the sign was right and he said “yeah, sure”, so i went to get a DVD.
As I queued up again a store assistant aproached me and asked if I was the guy looking to purchase with Bitcoin.
“You have to register, on the website, to be able to purchase with it in store”
So, off I trotted, went home with an almost dead battery, and registered on the website, thinking "this is odd, but hey, whatever, I get to be first, so who cares.
He#d told me I’d have to “pre load” my account, which seemed a bit off, but what do I know. So I registered, and lo and behold, there is no pre load option, only the standard checkout option.
Now my phone is charging and I’m about to head back down there to try again. It seems, despite being “trained”, they have no idea what the hell it is, or how the hell it works.
Guess I’ll have to explain it to them.
Small price to pay to be the first person to use it to make a purchase in a bricks and mortar establishment in Portsmouth, I guess
Will update when I get back and let you lot know how easy\difficult they’ve made the whole process.