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The US is home to most of the world's largest Bitcoin companies, so it's no surprise that it's easy to buy bitcoins in the United States using nearly any payment method: cash, credit card, or bank transfer.
Coinbase is probably the fastest and easiest way to buy bitcoins in the USA.
If you need bitcoins fast, then buying with a credit card or debit card is a good option. Coinbase charges 3.99% fees for credit/debit card purchases but you can get your coins instantly.
Another payment option for US customers is using a connected bank account. The fees are less for this method--1.49%--but your coins are only delivered after five days.
If you want to buy with a connected bank account and don't want to wait five days, Circle delivers coins purchased with a bank account instantly but has lower buy limits.
Get $10 of free bitcoin when you buy more than $100 worth through this link.
Circle is a popular way to purchase bitcoins in the United States. It allows customers to buy with a credit card (3% fees, instant delivery), debit card (no fees, instant), or a connected bank account.
If you decide to purchase with a credit/debit card, we have published a step-by-step guide to make the process easier.
LocalBitcoins is a peer-to-peer escrow service that helps match bitcoin buyers and sellers. The most common method of payment for purchase is cash deposit. Users, however, can create ads to buy or sell using the payment method of their choice. Buying bitcoins via an in-person meeting facilitated by LocalBitcoins can be one of the fastest and most private ways to buy bitcoins.
Coinbase Exchange is one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges in the United States. Users can fund accounts with bank transfer, SEPA, and bank wire. Coinbase Exchange offers good prices and low fees, but its confusing user interface makes it difficult for first time buyers.
BitQuick is one of the fastest ways to buy bitcoins in the United States using cash deposit. Users can browse a wide range of offers at different prices. Once a desired offer is found users make a cash deposit into the seller's account and will usually receive bitcoins within an hour.
Gemini is a New York based Bitcoin exchange open to residents of the United States, UK, and Canada. Deposits can be made via wire transfer, SEPA or ACH transfer.
While Gemini is available in most US states, US residents should check Gemini's areas of operations page.
BitStamp is one of the world's largest and most well known Bitcoin exchanges. Deposits can be made through bank transfer, SEPA transfer, or even credit card.
Kraken is the world's largest euro-denominated Bitcoin exchange based on daily average trading volume. It supports deposits from US, European, Canadian, British, and Japanese customers. Deposits can be made via international bank transfer, SEPA transfer, and Interac.
Wall of Coins is an escrow service that makes it easy to buy bitcoins with cash deposit in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Poland, Argentina, Brazil, Latvia, Mexico, Phillipines, and Romania. It offers low fees and is a more private way to purchase coins.
Changetip makes it easy to buy small amounts of bitcoin with a Visa or Mastercard debit/credit card.
CEX.io lets you buy bitcoin with a credit card, ACH bank transfer, SEPA transfer, cash, and AstroPay. Purchases made with a credit card give you access to your bitcoin immediately. CEX.io works in the United States, Europe, and some countries in South America.
LibertyX makes buying bitcoins with cash a simple process. You first use LibertyX's app to locate a store near you that sells LibertyX codes. Once you locate a store you enter your LibertyX code to the app along with a Bitcoin address and your coins will be delivered.
If you connect a Facebook account to your LibertyX app, your first $500 of purchases are fee-free. Otherwise all purchases cost 1% in fees.
Coin ATM Radar is a Bitcoin ATM database that helps you locate Bitcoin ATMs in your area to buy bitcoins with cash. Bitcoin ATMs can be quick and easy ways to buy bitcoins and are also private. That convenience and privacy, however, comes with a price as most ATMs have fees of 5-10%.
Snapcard is a California based Bitcoin broker. It serves US customers who can buy bitcoins with a wire transfer or ACH transfer.
With Purse.io you purchase bitcoin with a credit or debit card but not directly. Purse.io connects you with a buyer who wants to make a purchase on Amazon. You use your credit card or debit card to order items from the buyer's Amazon wish list. When the items have been delivered to the buyer, you are given bitcoin equivalent to the value of the items you ordered for the buyer. Purse.io is available in the United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil, France, Italy, Spain, China, and India.Buy Bitcoin
Technically, VirWoX isn't even a Bitcoin exchange. It mainly serves as a way for people to buy Second Life Lindens, a currency used in the virtual world Second Life. You can't buy Bitcoin with PayPal directly at VirWoX, but it's possible to first buy Second Life Lindens (SLL) and then trade your SLL for Bitcoin. This process works perfectly, but in the end will cost you about 10% in fees.
This workaround/hack has made VirWoX the easiest and most popular way to buy bitcoins with PayPal.
CoinBTM is a New York based Bitcoin ATM provider with over 30 machines in NY and New Jersey. Check its website for the latest details on locations, fees, and hours.Buy Bitcoin
itBit is a global Bitcoin exchange licensed with the New York State Department of Financial Services. It also operates a global OTC trading desk, making it easy for customers to buy large amounts of bitcoins. It supports all US states besides Texas.
Bitfinex has long been one of the largest USD Bitcoin exchanges. In August 2016, however, it was hacked and lost around 30% of its users funds. While Bitfinex can be helpful if buying large amounts of bitcoins, it is probably best to not use the exchange until it is able to compensate its users and figure out how it was hacked.
Xapo is a global Bitcoin platform. It allows users in nearly any country to purchase bitcoins via SWIFT transfer.
BTC-e is a Bitcoin exchange based on Bulgaria. While its owners are anonymous, it has been one of the most widely used Bitcoin exchanges throughout Bitcoin's history. It has never lost user funds like many other regulated exchanges, which makes it trustworthy in the eyes of some. But since it's not regulated, its owners could run away with customer funds at anytime. BTC-e appears to be trustworthy, but use with caution and don't leave funds on the exchange!
Users can deposit with bank transfer, SEPA, webmoney.ru, credit card, and many more options.
Mycelium Local Trader helps you find local Bitcoin sellers. Once you locate a seller, you meet up in person and go through with the purchase. Mycelium charges absolutely no fees. While Mycelium Local Trader works great in highly populated areas, users in low population areas will have trouble finding sellers.
ShapeShift lets you buy bitcoin with Litecoin, Dogecoin, altcoins and other digital tokens. ShapeShift works in nearly every country but you will need another cryptocurrency in order to purchase bitcoins. Exchanges happen almost instantly because ShapeShift never actually controls your tokens but just exchanges them.
Bitcoin-OTC is an over-the-counter marketplace for the P2P exchanging of bitcoin. It is almost like a Craigslist for Bitcoin. Users must create ads or locate other ads to find sellers of bitcoin. Bitcoin-OTC is somewhat complicated and hard to use, but may be the only option for users in some countries without an exchange.