Want to shop for your favorite items or pay everyday expenses with Bitcoin?
If you've been using bitcoin for a while, you know that it's not always easy. Most brick and mortar businesses and even some online businesses haven't adopted bitcoin (yet!). We are working to hard to change that, but bitcoin users need other options right now.
Today, we're happy to share a new way to live life on Bitcoin. With BitPay and Copay wallet version 3.11.1, bitcoiners in Brazil can use their wallets to buy gift cards from Mercado Livre Brazil, the country's largest e-commerce store and marketplace.
Bitcoin still has a small footprint in Brazil, but it is growing quickly. We've seen daily BitPay wallet installs on Brazilians' Android devices grow by more than 1300% year over year from 2017 to 2018.
Our integration with Mercado Livre is entering a perfect market at the perfect time to give these bitcoin users an easy way to turn their bitcoin into the things they need.
Maybe the coolest thing about this release is that Mercado Livre gift cards aren't just for shopping at Mercado Livre. You can redeem Mercado Livre gift cards into your Mercado Pago account, which you can use to pay for just about anything you'll need for life in Brazil, from metro rides to utilities.
The BitPay and Copay wallets will now come with the Mercado Livre integration installed by default. We've translated these flows into Portuguese for all wallets, and the Copay app even already has a full Portuguese translation.
Ready to start shopping? Get the BitPay wallet and start purchasing Mercado Livre Brazil gift cards using your bitcoin.