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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.
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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.
Coinbase's exchange, GDAX, is one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges in the United States. Users can fund their accounts via bank transfer, SEPA, or bank wire. GDAX offers good prices and low fees, but their confusing user interface may initially prove difficult to navigate.
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.
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 various prices. Once a desired offer is found, buyers visit a bank to make a cash deposit into the seller's account. Buyers then usually receive their bitcoins within an hour.
Gemini is a New York-based Bitcoin exchange, open to residents of the United States, UK, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. 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, international bank wire, and now even credit cards.
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).
Wall of Coins is an escrow service that makes it easy to buy bitcoins with cash deposit in the US, UK, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Latvia, Mexico, Poland, the Philippines, and Romania.
It offers low fees and is a very private way to purchase coins.
LibertyX is an American service which makes buying bitcoins with cash simple. First, use LibertyX's app to locate a store near you that sells LibertyX codes. Next, enter your LibertyX code to the app, along with your Bitcoin address and you'll receive your bitcoins very soon after.
If you connect a Facebook account to your LibertyX app, your first $1,000 of purchases are fee-free. Otherwise all purchases cost 1.5% + $3 in fees.
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.
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 across NY and New Jersey. Check their website for the latest details on locations, fees, and hours.
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 (100 BTC and up) of bitcoin. It supports all US states besides Texas.
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.
BTC-e is a Bitcoin exchange based in Bulgaria. While its owners remain anonymous, it's been around for a very long time and is one of the more popular exchanges. Unlike many other regulated exchanges, BTC-e has never lost user funds, which increases its reputation for trustworthiness. However, as it's unregulated, its owners could potentially 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 via US bank wire, SEPA, Visa, Mastercard, Liqpaym, unikarta, PerfectMoney, WebCreds, Ukash, and Webmoney.
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.