When No One Wanted Your BTC?

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Bitcoin History Part 12: When No One Wanted Your BTC NiceNIC Accept Bitcoin Payment

Today, bitcoin is so precious that its hodlers are prone to locking their keys away inside nuclear bunkers, bank vaults, and military grade hardware wallets. But things werent always that way. Back in the early days, bitcoin was deemed so undesirable that you would have struggled to give it away, while exchanging it for fiat currency was out of the question.

 

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The bitcoins you buy and sell on exchanges today for several thousand dollars apiece are in many cases the very same coins that were changing hands back in 2010. The properties of those coins, despite having passed through hundreds of wallets in the intervening years, havent changed: one bitcoin today is exactly the same as one bitcoin from 2010. What has changed is the value accorded to each one. Just as gold is precious on our planet, but a worthless rock to anyone inhabiting an asteroid made out of the aureate metal, when bitcoin was easy to extract and there were few ways to use it, exchanging it for anything was virtually impossible.

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Most bitcoiners, even those who were late to the game, will recall Laszlo Hanyecz. Hes the guy who famously completed the first recorded purchase of goods with cryptocurrency, when he acquired two Dominos pizzas for 10,000 BTC in May 2010. It might be assumed that once this historic transaction went down, the floodgates were opened to a wave of merchant adoption and a thriving exchange ecosystem was spawned. The reality is less invigorating. On June 15, 2010, three weeks after completing the pizza transaction, Laszlo tried to complete another BTC sale, this time for something less evanescent a camera. Would anyone take him up on his offer?

 

Today bitcoin can be used to purchase all manner of goods, from airline tickets to t-shirts. And yet, paradoxically, due to the immense value its acquired, most bitcoiners are reluctant to part with their coins.


Source from Bitcoin.com, author Kai Sedgwick


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