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- Amazon does not accept cryptocurrency, including Dogecoin, as a form of payment.
Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency based on an internet meme about a Shiba Inu dog that started as a joke, has surged in value this year and drawn the attention of the likes of Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk.
But don’t try to buy Dogecoin in hopes of spending it on Amazon.
"Big News," reads a post that’s being shared on social media. "Amazon accepts Dogecoin."
That’s wrong. This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
Nell Rona, a spokesperson for Amazon, told us that the claim isn’t accurate.
"Amazon does not accept cryptocurrency," she said.
A petition on Change.org to lobby Amazon to accept Dogecoin confirms as much.
"Currently Amazon does not accept cryptocurrencies as a payment method alienating many people who do not have a traditional bank account," the petition says. "Amazon.com, being a leader in innovation, should accept Dogecoin as a form of payment."
As of May 12, more than 225,000 had signed their names to the cause.
Amazon’s accepted payment methods include credit cards like Visa, gift cards and Amazon Store Cards.
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Facebook post, May 8, 2021
Dogecoin site, visited May 12, 2021
Know Your Meme, Doge, added July 24, 2013
The New York Times, Dogecoin continues it’s scarcely believable surge, May 5, 2021
The New York Times, Dogecoin had an eventful week, thanks to Elon Musk, May 10, 2021
Coindesk, Dogecoin, visited May 12, 2021
Amazon, Accepted payment methods, visited May 12, 2021
Change.org, Doge4Amazon - accept Dogecoin as payment method, visited May 12, 2021
Email interview with Nell Rona, senior public relations manager, Amazon, May 11, 2021
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