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Coinmama allows customers in almost every country to buy bitcoin with a credit or debit card. They charge an ~6% fee on each purchase.
If buying less than $150 worth of bitcoins, you won't need to verify your identity. This convenience makes small purchases quick and easy.
Want to buy using Coinmama? This step-by-step guide will show you how to use Coinmama.
CEX.io lets you buy bitcoin with a credit card, ACH bank transfer, SEPA transfer, cash, or AstroPay. Purchases made with a credit card give you access to your bitcoin immediately. CEX.io works in the United States, Europe, and certain countries in South America.
LocalBitcoins is an escrow service which also helps to match bitcoin buyers and sellers. The most common method of payment for purchase is cash deposit. However, users may advertise trades for whichever payment method they prefer.
Buying bitcoins via an in-person meeting, secured and facilitated by LocalBitcoins, may be one of the fastest and most private ways to buy bitcoins in any country.
BTCC is China's second largest Bitcoin exchange and the longest-running Bitcoin exchange in the world. You can fund your exchange account online via bank transfer.
OKCoin is the largest Bitcoin exchange in China. Customers can make deposits to their exchange accounts via bank transfer.
Huobi is the third largest Bitcoin exchange in China. You can fund your exchange account online via CNY bank transfer or with USD via OKPay (1.5% fee) or international wire transfer (1% fee).
LakeBTC is the fourth largest Bitcoin exchange in China. They operate internationally, in around 40 different countries. LakeBTC is one of the top 15 global exchanges based average daily trading volume. Customers can deposit via cash, bank wire, Western Union, MoneyGram, OKPay, Perfect Money, PayPal, Payza, Skrill, Neteller, Leupay, CHATS or LakePay, although not all methods are available in all countries.
Gatecoin is a regulated Bitcoin and altcoin exchange based in Hong Kong. They accept bank transfers from around 40 different countries. Users can buy bitcoin using HKD, EUR, USD and CNY.
You can use our Bitcoin ATM map to buy bitcoins with cash. Bitcoin ATMs can be a quick and easy way to buy bitcoins and they're also private. That convenience and privacy, however, comes with a price; most ATMs have fees of 5-10%.
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.
Mycelium Local Trader helps you find local Bitcoin sellers. Once you locate a seller, you meet up in-person and conduct the trade. 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.
Changelly lets you buy bitcoin with Litecoin, Dogecoin, altcoins and many other digital tokens. Changelly works in nearly every country but you will need another cryptocurrency in order to purchase bitcoins. Exchanges happen almost instantly because Changelly never actually controls your tokens but just exchanges them.
Bitcoin-OTC is an over-the-counter marketplace for the peer to peer 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.
ANXPRO is a Bitcoin exchange based in Hong Kong. It lets you buy bitcoins with bank transfer.
Bitcoin had a very promising beginning in Hong Kong, and today there still remains a very strong underground market. However, fewer Hong Kong businesses accept bitcoin today, than did before it’s huge rise in price and popularity. As many as 20 businesses accepted bitcoin in 2014 , that number has been scaled back to 16 according to hkbitcoin.org. Bitcoin’s reputation was struck a major blow when Hong Kong’s own Bitfinex was hacked, losing about 120,000 units of bitcoin, worth roughly $72 million at the time of the hack.
The Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong (BAHK) is still developing and growing, as is Bitcoin. Their goal is to foster and promote Bitcoin and its technology in Hong Kong. The BAHK stems a group of people who started to discuss and promote Bitcoin in Hong Kong in the summer of 2012.
Hong Kong, continues to be run under the “one country, two systems” set-up , agreed before it was handed back from British to Chinese sovereignty - this means it has its own monetary authority and its own British-style legal system. Weekly LocalBitcoin volume in Hong Kong peaked $4,000,000 in late 2015. Today, regular weekly volume ranges between $1m and $2m, according to coin.dance.
Many observers believe Hong Kong’s transparent legal framework and its position on China’s doorstep, makes it the prime candidate to become the dominant centerpiece for Bitcoin globally.
Bitfinex is one of the world’s largest and most advanced bitcoin trading platforms. It offers a wide range of cryptocurrencies for its users. Despite the security breach in 2016, Bitfinex remains one of the biggest and most trusted trading platforms in the industry.
According to Hong Kong bitcoin.info, there are 16 locations that are currently accepting bitcoin. These merchants include restaurants, vending machines, home and garden, healthy and beauty, lodging, clothing and apparel, bar and coffee shops, and financial consulting.
According to coinatmradar.com , there is 6 Bitcoin ATMs in Hong Kong.
On 8 January 2014, the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury addressed bitcoin in the Legislative Council stating that "Hong Kong at present has no legislation directly regulating bitcoins and other virtual currencies of [a] similar kind. However, our existing laws (such as the Organised and Serious Crimes Ordinance) provide sanctions against unlawful acts involving bitcoins, such as fraud or money laundering.”
On 16 November 2013, Norman Chan, the chief executive of Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) said that bitcoins is only a virtual commodity. He also decided that bitcoins will not be regulated by HKMA. However, the authority will be closely watching the usage of bitcoins locally and its development overseas.