Dash has been integrated into SugarTrends, CoinCards.ca, and Bit2Me, adding new ways to buy and use Dash, as well as hundreds of new businesses accepting Dash as payment.
An online boutique mainly catering to Germany, SugarTrends offers a wide selection of clothing, jewelry, home goods, and food and drink, bringing a host of new products now available to Dash shoppers. According to Klaus Hipfinger, co-founder of Europe-based Dash promotional outfit Dash Embassy D-A-CH which negotiated the SugarTrends integration, Dash’s reputation has been growing around the world:
“Businesses are definitely warming up more and more for Dash. Why? Dash is seen all over the world firm as a rock.”
Most notably, SugarTrends offers products from a wide variety of independent store locations around the world. The site offers an in-store pickup method in addition to shipping, meaning that customers can now pay with Dash for products at hundreds of physical locations around the world, provided they order ahead online.
New ways of buying, and spending, Dash with CoinCards.ca and Bit2Me
Additionally, Dash has been added to two new services that promise to facilitate the acquisition and spending of the currency. The first is CoinCards.ca, a service allowing for the purchase of gift cards for Canadian businesses using cryptocurrency. This includes businesses such as Walmart, Tim Horton’s, and the Canada version of Amazon. CoinCards first teased of this integration with a cryptic tweet this week:
We’ve add a new coin to our available checkout options. Can you guess what it is?
Hint: Also known as ******* Cash pic.twitter.com/RD5T9rt8io
— Coincards.ca (@CoinCards) August 20, 2018
Finally Dash was recently added to the Bit2Me platform. The service allows customers to instantly purchase Dash with a bank transfer or credit card, as well as purchase and sell with cash at thousands of locations around Spain.This adds new options for easily acquiring Dash, especially for the unbanked who do not have access to the same fiat on-ramps as most customers.
A bear market may strangely be ideal for adoption
Dash’s onboarding of new businesses around the world continues at an increasing pace, despite the persisting cryptocurrency-wide bear market. Hipfinger believes that this may not be a coincidence, and that many businesses may take cryptocurrency projects more seriously after the hype has burned off, with only legitimate projects continuing to make strides during the market crash:
“The overall market downturn and bear market may be hit investors, and also new projects in the crypto space. But if you look at it more psychologically, crypto has lost some of its “unicorn powder” and now comes to focus on “real” working solutions, because of the need to survive and make money like usual businesses do. People are now starting to spend crypto instead of holding it until it’s worthless.”
The number of businesses accepting Dash worldwide continues to surge, with a reported 2,343 businesses around the world presently listed as accepting Dash payments on DiscoverDash. Of these, 956 are located in Venezuela, as the country proves to be a test case for cryptocurrency adoption amid its ongoing currency crisis.