With the clampdown on know-your-client (KYC) and anti-money-laundering (AML) regulation, many exchanges now require verified identification for account setup. This will usually include a photo of your official ID, and sometimes also a proof of address.
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Editor’s Note: This page is updated regularly and adds only confirmed major businesses or services currently accepting cryptocurrencies companywide or in specific corporate divisions. Subway, for example, is not on this list because only one store has been confirmed as using it; the company as a whole does not.
Back in the day, acquiring bitcoins with a debit or credit card used to be extremely challenging; even tech-savvy individuals experienced great difficulties with acquiring the lucrative cryptocurrency. Thankfully, a lot of reputable and trusted exchange platforms have sprung up in recent years, like Kraken, Coinbase, and CoinMama. These exchanges allow for bitcoins to easily be purchased with credit or debit cards.
There are plenty of other (potentially questionable) methods and websites you could use – which could be slightly cheaper – but this was all about minimising risk and complication for myself as a total newbie.
It seems the Chinese really like Bitcoin’s properties such as its sound monetary policy and that it can be used anywhere in the world. Bitcoin’s volatility also makes it interesting for speculative traders.
With almost 1,000,000 registered users worldwide, $1 billion in transactions over the past 4 years, and institutional funding from SBI Group in Japan, we can do a lot better for you than small start-up companies.
One of the backbones of bitcoin is having control over private keys. The philosophy is that if you don’t have control over those, you don’t have control or “ownership” over your bitcoins. By using Circle users can buy with a prepaid VISA gift card, but they also must trust Circle to keep their private keys offline, safe and hidden in a possible vault in case of robbery. Circle isn’t the first company to operate like this. Xapo, a popular bitcoin debit card company that’s been repeatedly slammed by customer complaints, also operates on the philosophy that bitcoin users don’t want the responsibility of holding their private keys.
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Exchanges that accept credit cards or bank transfers are required by law to collect information about users’ identities. Buying bitcoins with cash is the most private way to buy bitcoins, whether it be through a P2P exchange like LocalBitcoins or at a ATM.
Bitquick acts as an escrow for Bitcoin transactions via cash deposits at thousands of banks across the US. The idea is simple – buyer and seller agree on an amount. The seller deposits the Bitcoins at Bitquick. Once the buyer deposits the cash into the seller’s account the coins are released. A mobile phone number is needed for this process but no id verification is required.
There are some awesome-looking properties showcased on Bitcoin Real Estate. One favorite: the eight-bedroom, six-living-room, seven-bathroom Australian abode recently on the market for the Bitcoin equivalent of $3.5 million.
The largest bitcoin exchange in the world at the moment in terms of US$ volume is Bitfinex, although it is mainly aimed at spot traders. Other high-volume exchanges are Coinbase, Bitstamp and Poloniex, but for small amounts, most reputable exchanges should work well. (Note: at time of writing, the surge of interest in bitcoin trading is placing strain on most retail buy and sell operations, so a degree of patience and caution is recommended.)
The best news for Bitcoin enthusiasts may be that pubs were among the earliest adopters and most ardent supporters of the currency. The historic Old Fitzroy in Sydney, for instance, became Australia’s first Bitcoin-friendly bar in 2013.
Before jumping on any exchange that you come across selling bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies, it’s vital that you do your due diligence pertaining to the platform. Make sure that the platform you are looking to use has a good and trusted reputation, and read reviews. There are many scammers out there, as well as shady exchanges. It is not uncommon for unscrupulous bitcoin exchanges to steal their users’ credit card information and other sensitive data.
Overstock.com was the first big online retailer to start accepting bitcoins in January of 2014. The company allows its customers to pay for everything from laptops and television sets to throw pillows and ottomans with bitcoins. In fact, Overstock.com allows customers to use all the major cryptocurrencies, including Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, Monero, and the new Bitcoin Cash.
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.