Imagine some poor sap shopping Wal-Mart’s website for, say, something and they stumble upon this thing. It’s not terribly old in years, but in the bitcoin field it’s mostly now a fossil.
Yes, it’s a Butterfly Labs 10 GH/s miner, and at one point I too considered purchasing one of these until I slapped myself silly and came back down to reality.
See, Wal-Mart isn’t selling this directly to consumers. It’s being sold via TigerDirect, who — no secret here — accepts bitcoin and sells bitcoin miners. It’s called the Wal-Mart Marketplace, and more and more retailers are annoyingly doing it (also, I have a major beef with the ‘Mail Innovations’ and ‘SmartPost’ shipping options many retailers are going with – the idea is not innovative nor smart).
Also not a secret: the incredibly rip-off of a price they’re trying to get away with selling these devices at. We’re not kidding you here: $299, and that’s after a reduced price from $349.99.
Take a peak at eBay. You’ll see the same devices going for about $50. Take your pick.
What is interesting here is the exposure of bitcoin mining equipment to the masses, which could very well push customers into doing more research on bitcoin.
Wishful thinking? Perhaps. I thought it was worth the share nonetheless.
[textmarker color=”C24000″]Source[/textmarker] Reddit, Wal-Mart