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Starbucks and Other Top 3 Retailers That Accept Bitcoin in 2019

  • Alex Dovbnya
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    From cold-brewed coffee to luxurious shoes – now you can purchase all these goods with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies  


Starbucks and Other Top 3 Retailers That Accept Bitcoin in 2019
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After the Winklevoss brothers finally managed to realize the purpose of cryptocurrency payments, U.Today takes a look at the top 5 retail giants that couldn’t resist the Bitcoin craze in 2019. Some of them were keen on crypto even before Flexa.      

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Starbucks

Starbucks is among a slew of mainstream retailers who ventured into Blockchain. Last week, the leading coffeehouse house chain inked a partnership with Microsoft’s Azure-based Blockchain service to allow its customers to track the beans they buy.

Prior to that, Starbucks joined forces with Bakkt, the ICE-backed digital asset platform.

According to fortune, Starbucks is now an official partner of Flexa, which essentially means that you can still buy your cappuccino with crypto.

Crypto makes its way to Starbucks  
The Winklevoss brothers are testing out the new payment option, image by Forbes  

Whole Foods

Those who happen to shop at Whole Foods got an opportunity to spend their coins there back in 2014 with the help of gift cards. However, this method involved a lot of hassle, so it wasn’t convenient enough for an average Joe.

Now, the Amazon-owned retailer can easily accept four cryptocurrencies in its store (BTC, ETH, BCH, and GUSD) because of the Flexa partnership.

Domino’s pizza

In case you didn’t know, you already had an opportunity to order a pizza at Domino’s with your BTC. Crypto startup Fold uses the Lightning Network for facilitating fast Bitcoin payments.

Unlike Flexa, Fold never teamed up with Domino's, so it’s a one-sided crypto effort. All orders are processed on the users’ behalf.

Still, the fact that you can buy your pizza with BTC in 2019 is encouraging enough (unless the BTC price hits the $1 mln mark).

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Nordstrom

Nordstrom, the US-based chain of luxury department stores, also opened its arms for cryptocurrencies with the help of Flexa. Now you only need your SPEDN wallet to buy housewares, fashion shoes a myriad of other goods.

Prior to that, Nordstrom never showed any interest in crypto (at least publicly). Nordstrom issues its own department store card that allows its customers to earn points for purchases.   

An honorable mention - Kroger

Before the Flexa announcement, which is poised to be a true ice-breaker in terms of adoption, US grocery chain Kroger also generated a lot of buzz by reportedly considering Bitcoin’s Lightning Network as a payment option after ditching VISA.

If Kroger does get onboard with the LN initiative, it could set a good precedent for other big-name retailers.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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XRP Price On The Verge Of Breakout? Twitter Users Expect XRP Hit $1 This Year

  • Vera Yurina
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    Can Ripple touch the $1 level this year? Check out interesting opinions and XRP price predictions from Twitter users


XRP Price On The Verge Of Breakout? Twitter Users Expect XRP Hit $1 This Year

Disclaimer: The opinion expressed here is not investment advice – it is provided for informational purposes only. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of U.Today. Every investment and all trading involves risk, so you should always perform your own research prior to making decisions. We do not recommend investing money you cannot afford to lose.

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Failing to sustain high price level, XRP is keeping around $0.30. It might seem that Ripple’s XRP stands still all the time, but Twitter users have the opposite opinion. They are sure that big changes are coming, and XRP is simply accumulating power for the price to explode. Can Ripple go to the moon in 2019? What will drive its overwhelming growth? Check out XRP price predictions from Twitter users. 

The history repeats

According to the long-term price charts, Ripple might be repeating its history, and the scenario of 2019 can actualize this year, too:

If XRP breaks out of the current resistance zones, its growth would exceed $1 easily. Some traders are sure it has enough potential to touch the $5 level, too.

Are there any certain triggers of XRP growth? There’s a bunch of theories. One of them claims that Ripple will burn its immense reserves of XRP for its price to rocket:

Although the petition is started, Ripple Labs itself does not plan to burn its tokens – it might have too serious outcomes. 

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 Here is the golden section pattern that proves XRP might soar:

However, it’s simply an amateur approach: what works with fiats might not work with altcoins at all. 

Better make mid- and short-term predictions based on traditional technicals, such as Fib levels:

XRP won’t grow overnight 

The short-term XRP price predictions are positive:

But simple moves to $0.4-0.5 won’t make any serious difference. As for higher XRP levels, there is no 100% confidence that we can reach them in 2019.

Don’t rush to the conclusions

All in all, time will show whether Ripple is able of groundbreaking moves. Right now, there are no signs of Ripple going to the ceiling. As one Twitter user ironically noticed, Ripple will discuss how liquidity has changed before they know the numbers:

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The XRP conspiracy theory

This post simply could not stay unnoticed:

What we are witnessing now is how Ripple Labs manipulates its XRP stocks and buys/sells XRP in large amounts to shift the value of the coin. Will their efforts turn out to be fruitful? 

For some reason, XRP gets more attractive for other blockchains’ representatives:

Seems like they know something usual traders aren’t aware of. Does it mean Ripple is preparing for a major breakout? Everything is possible.

Meanwhile, Ripple’s bottom levels keep growing from year to year:

Thus, Ripple Labs keeps actualizing its plans, even though slowly. So even if it’s a non-profitable variant for shorts, it must be a great choice for long-term investors. Patience is the key. 

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