Bitcoin functions as the “reserve” currency of cryptocurrency. So it is very hard to buy other coins without first buying bitcoins. Once you purchase the bitcoins you can convert the bitcoins into other cryptocoins. This is mostly because Bitcoin has very good liquidity and is traded on every cryptocurrency exchange. So most coins are traded against Bitcoin rather than the US dollar or other fiat currencies.
Scammers may advertise fake Bitcoin wallets or exchanges on social media to cash in on the hype and confusion. Always do your research (as I have for this tutorial) and never part with money or personal details unless you are 100% confident.
Many people would like to stay anonymous when buying stuff around the web for different reasons. The problem with Bitcoin is that it’s not completely anonymous. Once a Bitcoin exchange requests identifiable information such as an email address, government id or a utility bills they can know and track every movement of your Bitcoins.
￼The bitcoin payment option is now available for DISH customers choosing to make one-time payments on mydish.com. Customers will still have the option to make any payment online via credit card, debit card or bank account.
CEX.IO is based out of Europe and has the reputation of being one of the top Bitcoin exchanges in the world. CEX.IO operates in almost every country in the world and you can buy Bitcoin with Credit Card, Debit Card, Bank Wires and several other payment options. CEX.IO allows buying of Bitcoin and Ethereum but trades Dash and Zcash.
Coinmama now asks for I’d for any amount you buy. I guess they changed their policy. I just tried to buy like 80 bucks worth and they still wanted me to go through the entire registration process. I’m based in the U.S, maybe if you have an IP address from somewhere else they won’t ask.
With tips, the nice thing is that you don’t necessarily need to have a shop. A blog for instance or any other website is sufficient. You can display the QR-code or just your Bitcoin address at the bottom of your page or wherever it seems convenient and let people decide how much they want to tip you. You can also view how this looks like in the footer of this German blog bitcoins21.
At time of writing, however, you can still buy a wide range of goods and services with the cryptocurrency. Among the advantages of doing so are the ease of cross-border transactions, and anonymity (unless you want physical delivery, of course). By accepting bitcoin, merchants get access to a broader market, and don’t have to worry so about chargebacks (where the buyers cancels the payment after receiving the product).
The importance of this is that users don’t have to link their bank accounts or personal credit cards to the service if they don’t want to, remaining slightly more anonymous than others. In contrast, to buy from Coinbase users have to link their bank account or credit cards, and are unsuccessful using prepaid VISA gift cards.
A special shout-out is in order for airBaltic, not because it flies to Latvia (and other parts of Europe and the Middle East), but because in 2014 it became the first airline in the world to accept bitcoins for those flights.
Note: The reason that buying Bitcoins with a credit/debit card isn’t available all around is because of chargeback problems that most sellers wish to avoid. So many exchanges need to protect themselves in order to offer this service. But the problem is that not all of them have the technology to do so.