Popular online retailer TigerDirect.com has begun accepting bitcoin today, according to announcement made on social sharing website Reddit.com 10 minutes ago (at the time of this writing, of course).
The announcement is accompanied by a large banner on the retailer’s website with the proclamation.
In addition to accepting bitcoin, TigerDirect is promoting bitcoin mining with hardware options from AMD and ButterflyLabs.
“We’ve partnered with AMD to build the largest assortment of mining graphic cards from Sapphire, MSI, VisionTek, Diamond and XFX in the industry,” Steven Leeds, who heads corporate marketing at TigerDirect.
The move is somewhat of a surprise, though the company has previously teased bitcoin by asking the public “How bad do you want it?“, prompting twitter users to retweet their post.
“TigerDirect has always been on the forefront of alternative online payment methods and delivering the most convenient ways for our customers to shop,” said Leeds. “With individuals building their own high-powered PCs with parts offered on our site to mine Bitcoins, it’s a logical fit.”
It’s coming together with a partnership with digital payments processor BitPay, who congratulated TigerDirect in a tweet.
Will Newegg be next?