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You'll need a Bitcoin wallet before you buy since some exchanges require one.
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CoinMama allows customers in almost every country to buy bitcoin with a credit or debit card. They charge an ~8% 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.
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 Exchange is a Bitcoin exchange based in Hong Kong and traded in USD.
Coincheck is a Bitcoin exchange based in Japan. Registered users can buy and sell bitcoin via bank transfer or credit card.
Founded mid-2013, 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 bank wire, SEPA, SWIFT, and bank deposit (Japan only).
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%.
With Purse.io, you purchase bitcoin with a credit or debit card but indirectly; Purse.io connects you with a buyer who wants to make a purchase on Amazon. You use your credit/debit card to order items from the buyer's Amazon wish list. When the items have been delivered to the buyer, you're given some 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.
Hong Kong-based Bitfinex has long been one of the largest USD Bitcoin exchanges in the world. Bitfinex accounts may be funded by bank wire only, their fee on accepting such transfers is low at only 0.1%.
In August 2016, however, it was hacked and lost around 30% of its users funds. While Bitfinex can be helpful for buying large amounts of bitcoins, it is probably best to not use the exchange until it fully compensates affected users.
Xapo is a global Bitcoin platform, based in Switzerland. It allows users in almost any country to purchase bitcoins via SWIFT transfer. While Xapo itself has low fees, you may incur significant charges when you send the SWIFT transfer to Xapo. Xapo also offers a bitcoin-funded debit card which works just like any other.
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.
ShapeShift lets you buy bitcoin with Litecoin, Dogecoin, altcoins and many 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 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.