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We don’t know about you, but we spend A LOT of time on our computers. From work to talking with friends, bitcoin and altcoin trading (yes, we use ShapeShift, too!) and general day-to-day tasks, it can sometimes seem hard to find time to get small daily life tasks taken care of. And that is where Amazon.com can come into play for pantry items, clothing, even toilet paper! But if we are shopping digitally, why can’t we purchase with digital currencies?

Purse.io to the rescue! For those who have not yet discovered this amazing website, Purse.io allows users to input the url of the Amazon item you would like to purchase (or now you can do a search for items right from the Purse.io site), and purchase with bitcoin or altcoins. Purse has integrated the ShapeShift Shifty Button to allow for the altcoin purchases to be made, which we think it pretty darn cool.

We know what you are thinking. How the heck does this even work? Long story short, Purse connects people who have amazon.com gift cards but want to buy bitcoins to those who want to purchase items from Amazon with Bitcoins. Once a connection is made, the funds are put in escrow until the purchaser receives the item, then releases the bitcoins to the gift card owner. Here is a short video about the Purse.io process:

Purse Promo Video from PurseIO on Vimeo.

Want to learn more about how Purse.io’s integration with the ShapeShift Shifty Button allows them to accept altcoins? Check this short video out:

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