Dude, You're Getting a Dell, with Bitcoin

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Dell's the latest big-name seller to jump on the Bitcoin bandwagon.

In case the headline didn't tip you off: Yep, you can buy Dell products with Bitcoin now, as Michael Dell himself proudly trumpeted on Twitter earlier today.

A post in the Dell blog revealed some of the finer details. Just like ExpediaOverstock.com, Dish TV, and the boutique PC builders at Xidax (who also accept Dogecoin), Dell is partnering with Coinbase to provide a Bitcoin payment option on Dell.com. Electronic retailers Tiger Direct and Newegg use Bitpay's processing services, though the end result is the same: You give them your virtual Bitcoins, and they'll give you their physical tech goodies. Details such as how returns will be handled haven't been revealed yet.

Dell says Bitcoin payment options will start appearing on the site within 14 days. Once they do, Dell plans to kickstart sales by offering a 10 percent discount (with a $150 cap) on Alienware rigs purchased using the e-currency that the IRS doesn't consider to be a currency.

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And yet another online vendor jumps aboard the Bitcoin party bus.

If you plan to drop your dough on one of those high-end gaming systems, don't forget to budget for it—did I mention Mint.com keeps tabs on your Bitcoin now, too?

Geez, these Bitcoins might just become a thing before long.

If you're wondering what all the hubbub is about, be sure to check out PCWorld's Bitcoin explainer and our guide to mining virtual currencies with your very own rig, because there's nothing like using your current PC to pay for new PCs.

This story, "Dude, You're Getting a Dell, with Bitcoin" was originally published by PCWorld.

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