I'm curious about offering Bitcoin payment instead of PayPal (for all the usual reasons for disliking PayPal). Is this realistic, or is my understanding of how bitcoins can be used off?
My customers are mostly nerds or at least tech-savvy people, so they are somewhat likely to be familiar with Bitcoin, and equally likely to be sceptical towards PayPal.
Are there any decent guides on how the whole thing ties together, and which merchant actors are considered serious or "big players"? I'll be looking at getting the bitcoins through whichever funnel is required and transferred to my "real cash" bank account (in any currency, really) as quickly as possible.
Of course, it wouldn't hurt if I could get the coins all the way to my bank account for a <2% commission, but I'll take reliability over price any day of the week.
Clarification: I sell a commercial software license to an open source product (free for personal, non-profit etc use), so there's nothing to be delivered upon purchase. Current options are hand-rolled integration to credit card and PayPal providers.