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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 ~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.
Bitex.la is a Bitcoin exchange and broker which services many South American countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Uruguay. You can fund your exchange account with cash or AstroPay.
Bitso is a Bitcoin exchange based in Mexico. You can fund your account with SPEI Transfer or via cash deposit using Oxxo or any 7-Eleven in Mexico. They offer additional withdrawal methods.
Volabit is a Bitcoin exchange based in Mexico. You can fund your account via online bank transfer or by cash deposit at any 7-Eleven, Farmacias Benavides, Farmacias del Ahorro, or Extra.
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.
Bitit lets you purchase bitcoin online with a 3DS-enabled credit/debit cards or with cash via Neosurf, Flexepin (coming soon) and Cashlib vouchers, available in over 150,000 local stores across Europe.
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.
Mexico burst onto the Bitcoin scene in the summer of 2014 with the opening of ‘Fundación Satoshi Nakamoto,’ an official affiliate of the Bitcoin Foundation. Mexico’s heavy reliance on remittance money sent home from abroad, notably from the US is no secret and makes Mexico a great candidate for mass Bitcoin adoption.
Localbitcoin volume in Mexico has seen an upswing in volume since the middle of the 2016, adoption rates have steadily increased since. The peso has steadily declined in the past three years and in 2017 sits at 20-1 to the dollar. Mexico is a nation of 120 million, where 80 million lack access to basic financial services; that is, no banking and no credit.
Mexico does, however, have 100 million cell lines. 80 percent of the phones sold in 2015 were smartphones - Mexico is a highly connected country. According to coinatmradar.com Mexico currently has 10 active ATM’s through the country.
Bitso, Mexico’s biggest exchange, offers Bitcoin payroll services to Mexican workers. Thanks to a partnership with payroll service Bitwage, the cryptocurrency exchange now allows workers to be paid in Bitcoin and receive pesos.
Mexican-based company Paynet integrated a program called Chip Chap now lets you buy Bitcoin from several major store chains. Not only does this new payment method by Paynet allow retailers to increase their overall revenue, but it also lets customers set up a flexible payment structure.
It can be used at major retailers such as 7-Eleven, Cefemex, Tiny Market and El Asturiano. Customers can generate a barcode with the Chip Chap mobile application, which will then guide you to the nearest participating retailer where you can redeem your Bitcoins.
Not only does this process make Bitcoin more attractive – and potentially popular – in Mexico, but it could also bring additional business and revenue to the participating retailers. With 5,000 locations participating from the start, Chip Chap is off to the races to stake their claim in the South American Bitcoin space.
In October of 2014, Mercado Libre Mexico, Mexican eBay subsidiary and Mexico’s largest e-commerce platform with over 100 million users and 7 million unique sellers, began accepting bitcoin payments due to increasing demand from its customers and merchants.
With the integration of bitcoin, merchants can now accept payments from its buyers like any other payment method at ease.
Unlike other e-commerce platforms, merchants of Mercado Libre will receive bitcoin payments through their MercadoPago account in the same manner as other methods including PayPal, credit cards, debit cards, etc.
In March 2014, Mexico’s Central Bank (commonly abbreviated as Banxico) issued a statement explaining the risks of using Bitcoin and similar virtual assets. (Press Release, Banxico, Advertencias sobre el uso de activos virtuales como sucedáneos de los medios de pago en moneda de curso legal
However, in September of 2017 Mexico has proposed legislation to regulate its fast-growing financial technology sector, including firms that use crypto-currencies like bitcoin, to protect consumers and spur competition, under a proposed bill seen by Reuters. The proposed legislation, which Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said this month would be unveiled in the Senate before Sept. 20, seeks to ensure financial stability and defend against money laundering and financing of extremists.
The new measures will allow Mexico to join a small list of countries, including the United States and Britain, that have sought to regulate fintech firms.