How Can I Buy Bitcoins?

How To Buy Bitcoins

There are now quite a few ways to buye bitcoins. Here’ a summary of the quickest ways to get started:

In A Nutshell

In my experience, the eaisest way to create a Bitcoin wallet is to use Coinbase, which functions like Paypal for bitcoins.

The quickest way to transfer money into your account, is to make a cash deposit via BitInstant (currently available in USA, Russia, and Brazil). The entire process can take as little as 20 minutes if you’re near a deposit location. BitInstant charges a transaction fee of 3.99%

That’s it in a nutshell. Here are all the other ways to acquire Bitcoins:

Use The Original Bitcoin Client

You can download and install the Original Bitcoin Client. This is an application that runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. You can find installation instruction on this page. The Bitcoin client is free, open-source software. The application will automatically create a wallet for you and start downloading and verifying the Bitcoin transaction history. This does take some time, but future versions will have a “lightweight” mode, that will speed up the process.

Use Bitcoin Wallet Service

Another way to get a Bitcoin wallet is to get one online at sites like: Coinbase, flexcoin, InstaWallet or MyWallet. These sites make it easier to create a wallet, and they also simplify the transaction process.

If you use one of these wallet services, you don’t have to install anything, but you have to take great care not to lose your password and you must trust that site will keep your wallet safe.

Once your wallet is set up, you’ll get your first Bitcoin address, and you are ready to receive bitcoins!

Smartphone wallets store your Bitcoins on your smartphone. You must be careful not to lose your phone or have it stolen. Apple block sBitcoin wallets from its App Store, but Android users have good options like BitcoinSpinner, Paytunia’ s App, and Blockchain.info’s App.

Get Bitcoins From A Local Trader

See if there are local Bitcoiners in your area at LocalBitcoins.com and TradeBitcoin.com! Local traders are people available to perform the Bitcoin transaction for you in person.

Get Physical Bitcoins

Yes, there are people who make physical Bitcoins (physical coins you can hold). They are made by companies like Casascius and BitBills. You’ll have to purchase the physical Bitcoins with digital Bitcoin, but you can buy them with a credit card via MemoryDealers. You’ll pay a markup for the production and delivery, but it’s a fairly easy way to get moderate amounts of coins, and physical coins can be given as a memorable gift.

Use Large Currency Exchanges

For larger purchases there are several currency exchanges, such as Mt. Gox, Intersango, Virtex (CA) and GetBitcoin (US).

Buy Bitcoins At Convenience Stores and Banks

You can fund your exchange accounts or buy Bitcoin directly at one of over 700,000 locations worldwide via BitInstant.

Trade Bitcoins Directly With Others

If you prefer skipping the exchange and dealing directly with other people you can head over to Bitcoin OTC.

Things You Can Do With Bitcoins

You can find lots of Bitcoin-related services on the Trade page in the Bitcoin Wiki (scroll down a few pages).

Check out Bitcoin’s largest online auction house at BitMit.

An increasing number of physical stores, restaurants and other venues accept Bitcoin as well. Check Bitcoin Travel and Bitcoin Navigator to see if there are any in your area.

Turn your Bitcoins into gift cards from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and many more at SpendBitcoins.com. You can get gift codes for services like XBoxLive, PSN or iTunes instantly online at Bitcoincodes.com.

You can buy music, ebooks, wallpapers and other downloadable content at CoinDL.

You might also want to check the Bitcoin Marketplace forum on Bitcoin.org.

Over-the-counter trading is being done via IRC chat in Bitcoin OTC (#bitcoin-otc on Freenode).

Comments

    • Aaron says

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      PAYPAL
      PAYSAFECARD
      BITCOIN
      UKASH (EUR,USD,GBP,CANADA)
      MONEYBOOKERS (SKRILL)
      NETELLER
      PERFECT MONEY
      LIQPAY
      CASHU
      ALERTPAY (PAYZA)
      MONEYPAK
      SOLIDTRUST PAY
      AMAZON
      WESTER UNION
      BANK WIRE
      OKPAY
      EGOPAY
      MoneyGram
      NEOSURF
      C-GOLD
      Voip credit
      cash-ticket
      PAXUM

      – Instant exchange
      – Rate is negotiated in chat
      – Yahoo/MSN/Skype/Icq support
      – Please Trade in decent amounts to maintain viability and feasibility.
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      SKYPE> aarongood25
      Yahoo> aarongood25@yahoo.com
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  1. Aaron says

    EXCHANGE YOUR E-WALLETS BETWEEN:

    PAYPAL
    PAYSAFECARD
    BITCOIN
    UKASH (EUR,USD,GBP,CANADA)
    MONEYBOOKERS (SKRILL)
    NETELLER
    PERFECT MONEY
    LIQPAY
    CASHU
    ALERTPAY (PAYZA)
    MONEYPAK
    SOLIDTRUST PAY
    AMAZON
    WESTER UNION
    BANK WIRE
    OKPAY
    EGOPAY
    MoneyGram
    NEOSURF
    C-GOLD
    Voip credit
    cash-ticket
    PAXUM

    – Instant exchange
    – Rate is negotiated in chat
    – Yahoo/MSN/Skype/Icq support
    – Please Trade in decent amounts to maintain viability and feasibility.
    – If you want exchange with me contact me trough my YM,ICQ,SKYPE,MS or send me PM!

    ICQ> 618849967 ( aarongood25@hotmail.com )
    SKYPE> aarongood25
    Yahoo> aarongood25@yahoo.com
    Messenger> aarongood25@hotmail.com

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