Crypto is a digital currency that’s actually quite straightforward to set up and simple to use. Though it can be daunting at first, it’s really not all that different to using PayPal. Once you’ve successfully made one crypto payment you should find it simple and easy to repeat the process.
To get started you have two main options: Either purchase from an Exchange or Local Bitcoins.
We recommend CashApp, Coinbase or CoinGate because of their ease of use, acceptance of all major credit cards and accessiblility from many countries. Coinbase may have a 7-day waiting period before you can transfer Bitcoin to an external wallet so we recommend CashApp if it’s your first time purchasing Bitcoin. Other options include Cubits (Europe), Bittylicious (UK only) and Coinjar (Australia). You will have to give personal information to prove your identity, and link to your bank account/debit card to have your account verified which can take 2- 7 days. Depending on your country and payment method you can find other options on BuyBitcoinWorldwide.
Local Bitcoins is safe and secure and generally has less restrictions on the amount of Bitcoin you can buy as well as the verification process.
Follow the step by step guide to first setting up your account (including your bitcoin wallet), and then purchasing bitcoins from others in your area via cash, cash deposit, Western Union transfer, Money Bookers, Skrill etc. Local Bitcoins is quite similar to eBay; as long as the seller has a good rating and has done a lot of trades, you can be quite certain it is reliable and secure. Also, Local Bitcoins offers a Bitcoin escrow service that holds the funds until the transaction is complete, thereby negating the possibility of fraud. Once you have purchased bitcoins, to send the desired amount to us you will need to access your secure online Bitcoin wallet. By creating an account with Local Bitcoins you’ll gain access to your ‘wallet’ where you store your bitcoins and make transactions from. Though it’s referred to as a wallet it’s simpler to think of it as a bitcoin bank account where your funds are held.
Rather than use account numbers or email addresses to direct your payment to the right person, bitcoin payments use addresses that look like this (this is an example, not a valid address): 38L2MSnfQ31V1n4fdgW9ur3cjVFxSdwAf6. Sending money via your wallet is as simple as Converting Units from USD to BTC and then entering this amount and the recipient’s address in the send form of your wallet or exchange account. When you checkout we will provide you a unique bitcoin payment address and calculate the amount of bitcoin due. On receipt we will mark your order as processing and prepare it for shipment.
Youtube’s 3Blue1Brown did a great video on the underlying technology of Bitcoin, it’s easy to understand and well explained: