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Buying bitcoins

  • 22-03-2013 10:14pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 491 ✭✭ brendan86


    Heh guys,

    I've been doing a bit of research the last week into buying bitcoins.. I want to buy 1k worth, I know it's risky but I have it to spare and might just see how it goes for a year or so..

    I have currently registered on mtgox.com and am awaiting approval on my Id verification.. Has anyone dealt with this site have any info for me?

    If I put my money on mtgox that means I have to trust them with my bitcoins is this correct? I won't have to have a wallet on my computer?

    I'm just basically asking for advice, it's what I want to do but if someone can explain the best way about it that knows more than me I would appreciate it

    Thanks

    Brendan


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,109 Cavehill Red


    VERY volatile market. Recently spiked and fell back a little in the last week. Looking very bubblicious just presently. Only speculate with money you can afford to lose.


  • Registered Users Posts: 491 ✭✭ brendan86


    VERY volatile market. Recently spiked and fell back a little in the last week. Looking very bubblicious just presently. Only speculate with money you can afford to lose.

    Yeah I understand it is, It can go either way but every investment is a gamble maybe more so this one.. But I have it to spare and don't really mind, if it goes bad so be it.. I'm just wondering the best way to go about doing it..


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,109 Cavehill Red


    It seems to me the only clear positive about bitcoins is their mobility. IE they can be accessed worldwide online. In the scenario you describe, where you merely have an allocated (or unallocated?) account, I don't see the point. If you're going to buy bitcoins, make sure you own them at least.


  • Registered Users Posts: 491 ✭✭ brendan86


    It seems to me the only clear positive about bitcoins is their mobility. IE they can be accessed worldwide online. In the scenario you describe, where you merely have an allocated (or unallocated?) account, I don't see the point. If you're going to buy bitcoins, make sure you own them at least.

    And what's the best way to buy them on your own? What sites recommended?

    Thanks
    Brendan


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,109 Cavehill Red


    brendan86 wrote: »
    And what's the best way to buy them on your own? What sites recommended?

    Thanks
    Brendan

    I took a look at them and decided against it. The US is already moving to regulate the trade, basing the decision on the significant anonymised use of bitcoins to trade in illicit substances. No one seems to know who is behind the architecture of the system. It appears to be artificially capped, which implies bubble possibilities. It is hackable.
    There are sites I saw that seemed more credible than others, but I'm sorry to say I'm not prepared to recommend any form of this trade for you and suggest you do your due diligence.
    If you decide to proceed, as with share ownership, or precious metals ownership, aim to ensure you are the nominal owner and can obtain sole access to your asset.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,554 zonEEE


    I bought some a few weeks ago, bought them through mtgox and moved to my wallet on my PC, then I made a paper wallet and stored it in a safe place.


    https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Securing_your_wallet#Paper_Wallets

    Make sure you're PC is virus/spyware free and also encrypt you're hard drive.


    The surge in price is due to recent events, (mtgox moving usa operations over to coinlab in silicone valley to gain credibility ) Started with 5000 customers on the 5th of march, goes live on the 29th of march.

    And also the Cyprus saga.

    I really don't see how governments can regulate Bitcoin. questions arise : If i store my bitcoin on a piece of paper in spain, would it be under spainish law? If i keep my bitcoins in the cloud hosted in another country are my Bitcoins regulated under that country?

    Around the 55 euros at the moment. When was the fall back in the last week? Any time there is a big rally there's a market correction which drops a few dollars, this is to be expected, ive nearly doubled my money in less then a month.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,109 Cavehill Red


    zonEEE wrote: »
    ive nearly doubled my money in less then a month.

    And if that doesn't scream bubble (or Ponzi) at you, I don't know what will.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,554 zonEEE


    And if that doesn't scream bubble (or Ponzi) at you, I don't know what will.

    Its due to more and more people finding out about bitcoin. A month ago the 30-day Volume was 42 million USD its now 82 million USD on the mtgox dollar exchange, I cant remember the euro volume, its a lot lower, around 5 million now it was around 2 i think.

    It will get a lot harder to mine bitcoins in the coming months with the introduction of ASIC mining (higher difficulty and the block reward has now changed to 25 from 50 which should all add value along with recent events, to the currency.

    At the moment bitcoin is still very young, but it is growing and growing and with government decisions all around the world I can only see it growing in the future, sure it may be a rocky road, but as you said only gamble with what you can afford to lose.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,109 Cavehill Red


    That volume issue could well be a product of both bubble mentality and a Ponzi structure.
    The government decisions that would concern me about impacting on bitcoin would be the overtly stated desire by both US and UK politicians to introduce regulation. Anyone who thinks they won't be able to is being foolish, I believe.
    If it's a Ponzi, getting in early will permit profit if you remember to get out before it pops. If it's a bubble, likewise, but you might have a little further to run.
    Fundamentally, it's meaningless to talk about value in relation to bitcoin, as they are even more notional than fiat currency. Their primary value currently is that they facilitate anonymous purchase of illicit drugs via the internet.
    Article from yesterday's Guardian makes some good points: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/22/silk-road-online-drug-marketplace


  • Registered Users Posts: 882 moneymad


    That volume issue could well be a product of both bubble mentality and a Ponzi structure.
    The government decisions that would concern me about impacting on bitcoin would be the overtly stated desire by both US and UK politicians to introduce regulation. Anyone who thinks they won't be able to is being foolish, I believe.
    If it's a Ponzi, getting in early will permit profit if you remember to get out before it pops. If it's a bubble, likewise, but you might have a little further to run.
    Fundamentally, it's meaningless to talk about value in relation to bitcoin, as they are even more notional than fiat currency. Their primary value currently is that they facilitate anonymous purchase of illicit drugs via the internet.
    Article from yesterday's Guardian makes some good points: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/22/silk-road-online-drug-marketplace
    it won't be long till you see a ticker on cnbc.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,554 zonEEE


    That volume issue could well be a product of both bubble mentality and a Ponzi structure.
    The government decisions that would concern me about impacting on bitcoin would be the overtly stated desire by both US and UK politicians to introduce regulation. Anyone who thinks they won't be able to is being foolish, I believe.
    If it's a Ponzi, getting in early will permit profit if you remember to get out before it pops. If it's a bubble, likewise, but you might have a little further to run.
    Fundamentally, it's meaningless to talk about value in relation to bitcoin, as they are even more notional than fiat currency. Their primary value currently is that they facilitate anonymous purchase of illicit drugs via the internet.
    Article from yesterday's Guardian makes some good points: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/22/silk-road-online-drug-marketplace

    There primary value at the moment is not for drugs, its been exaggerated by the media as is every other issue to do with drugs. Its the rarity of them, there will only ever be 21 million bitcoin. Around Half of them have been mined now. And mining has started to get more difficult.

    Many online retailers have started to accept bitcoin.

    If it didn't come back from the crash in 2011 I would have said bubble, however there was only one exchange back then now there's is many. http://bitcoincharts.com/markets/.

    It has come back and doubled in value since the 2011 crash. It was purely a security issue which banks have the exact same issue. 2 years on and its growing growing growing.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,109 Cavehill Red


    zonEEE wrote: »
    It has come back and doubled in value since the 2011 crash. It was purely a security issue which banks have the exact same issue. 2 years on and its growing growing growing.

    Classic bubble talk there: "Look at it's notional value increasing! Ignore the underlying problems in the market! Keep looking at it's notional value increasing!"

    Whether bitcoin is primarily used to buy and sell drugs or not (and it has no other USP that I can detect), that will be the reason used by law enforcement to shut it down, presuming that it neither collapses under its own weight and that it is not actually a Ponzi. (Do YOU know who created and manages its architecture?)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,554 zonEEE


    Classic bubble talk there: "Look at it's notional value increasing! Ignore the underlying problems in the market! Keep looking at it's notional value increasing!"

    Whether bitcoin is primarily used to buy and sell drugs or not (and it has no other USP that I can detect), that will be the reason used by law enforcement to shut it down, presuming that it neither collapses under its own weight and that it is not actually a Ponzi. (Do YOU know who created and manages its architecture?)

    What underlying issues?

    No other USP are you mad? People all around the world have lost confidence in the banking system and governments management of money. Bitcoin is being seen as the way forward. No government control, no bank, no printing of money like the Americans are doing right now which is the biggest bubble that's going to burst.

    Creator - https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Satoshi_Nakamoto

    Bitcoin is open source software, the code is there for everyone to see and anyone can submit coding towards the software. This is what the Internets all about.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,109 Cavehill Red


    zonEEE wrote: »
    What underlying issues?

    Security and credibility primarily.
    zonEEE wrote: »
    No other USP are you mad? People all around the world have lost confidence in the banking system and governments management of money. Bitcoin is being seen as the way forward.

    By you and a small fringe perhaps. But it has no other USP. There are plenty of alternatives to the banking system when it comes to wealth preservation, and even when it comes to currency (remember the barbarous relics?)
    zonEEE wrote: »
    No government control

    YET.
    zonEEE wrote: »
    no bank, no printing of money like the Americans are doing right now which is the biggest bubble that's going to burst.

    No bank required to store wealth in property or shares. No bank required to conduct transactions in currencies with 5 millennia of credibility behind them either.
    zonEEE wrote: »

    Where is he again?
    zonEEE wrote: »
    Bitcoin is open source software, the code is there for everyone to see and anyone can submit coding towards the software. This is what the Internets all about.

    But not necessarily what wealth retention is about though. Recall the dot bomb?


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,844 ✭✭✭✭ B.A._Baracus


    Can anyone explain what a bitcoin is to me in simple english :o

    I've read up about it, i know computers work together and all that ... what I just don't get is that how can money be born from nothing?

    It's like if I was to print up a note with my face on it, it doesnt mean its worth 20 dollars. lol. I just can't wrap my head around how a bitcoin holds value.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,554 zonEEE


    Security and credibility primarily.



    By you and a small fringe perhaps. But it has no other USP. There are plenty of alternatives to the banking system when it comes to wealth preservation, and even when it comes to currency (remember the barbarous relics?)



    YET.



    No bank required to store wealth in property or shares. No bank required to conduct transactions in currencies with 5 millennia of credibility behind them either.



    Where is he again?



    But not necessarily what wealth retention is about though. Recall the dot bomb?

    .com bubble but yet what is the leading industry in today's world? Technology.

    Me and a small fringe?? haha do you live in a bubble?

    Please explain how governments could take over bitcoin?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,109 Cavehill Red


    Can anyone explain what a bitcoin is to me in simple english :o

    I've read up about it, i know computers work together and all that ... what I just don't get is that how can money be born from nothing?

    It's like if I was to print up a note with my face on it, it doesnt mean its worth 20 dollars. lol. I just can't wrap my head around how a bitcoin holds value.

    Like anything it has the value someone is prepared to pay for it. It is the same as fiat currency, in that it isn't backed by anything tangible, but lacks the credibility of a state support. Effectively, it's an online electronic fiat currency, primarily being used by drug dealers to evade detection, which has been historically extremely volatile and is in my opinion likely in a bubble.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,554 zonEEE


    Can anyone explain what a bitcoin is to me in simple english :o

    I've read up about it, i know computers work together and all that ... what I just don't get is that how can money be born from nothing?

    It's like if I was to print up a note with my face on it, it doesnt mean its worth 20 dollars. lol. I just can't wrap my head around how a bitcoin holds value.

    There will only be ever 21 million bitcoins.

    Explains it all.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,109 Cavehill Red


    zonEEE wrote: »
    .com bubble but yet what is the leading industry in today's world? Technology.

    I'd say pharma or mining. Tech stocks haven't done so well in recent times.
    zonEEE wrote: »
    Me and a small fringe?? haha do you live in a bubble?

    That's the second time you've failed to debate without being abusive. Once more and I will report you.
    zonEEE wrote: »
    Please explain how governments could take over bitcoin?

    They don't need to take it over, and don't want to. They'd likely just shut it down.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,554 zonEEE


    I'd say pharma or mining. Tech stocks haven't done so well in recent times.


    Maybe in the stock market, but im talking about changing the world, the money system in the world right now doesn't work, it never did, it needs to be changed.
    That's the second time you've failed to debate without being abusive. Once more and I will report you.

    Abusive? Please.....
    They don't need to take it over, and don't want to. They'd likely just shut it down.

    How?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,109 Cavehill Red


    zonEEE wrote: »
    Maybe in the stock market, but im talking about changing the world, the money system in the world right now doesn't work, it never did, it needs to be changed.

    Maybe, but that doesn't make bitcoin any solution.
    zonEEE wrote: »
    Abusive? Please.....

    If you can't argue civilly, you may find the mods reduce your ability to argue at all.
    zonEEE wrote: »
    How?

    Simply declaring it illegal in major jurisdictions would be one way. That would destroy all credibility in it as a global currency. There are also infrastructural weaknesses in the bitcoin model which could be exploited. Finally, such a tiny market is desperately prone to major market manipulation by the economic sharks. See the JP Morgan manipulation of the COMEX as a recent example.
    US politicians first raised the Silk Road issue in 2011. You can bet that since then both law enforcement and legislators have been monitoring bitcoin extremely closely. If they need to move on it, they will, and there will be no warning.


  • Registered Users Posts: 491 ✭✭ brendan86



    Maybe, but that doesn't make bitcoin any solution.



    If you can't argue civilly, you may find the mods reduce your ability to argue at all.



    Simply declaring it illegal in major jurisdictions would be one way. That would destroy all credibility in it as a global currency. There are also infrastructural weaknesses in the bitcoin model which could be exploited. Finally, such a tiny market is desperately prone to major market manipulation by the economic sharks. See the JP Morgan manipulation of the COMEX as a recent example.
    US politicians first raised the Silk Road issue in 2011. You can bet that since then both law enforcement and legislators have been monitoring bitcoin extremely closely. If they need to move on it, they will, and there will be no warning.

    And why can't they just shut down the Silk Road website, if there shipping drugs to countries where it's illegal surely it's easier to shut them down?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,109 Cavehill Red


    brendan86 wrote: »
    And why can't they just shut down the Silk Road website, if there shipping drugs to countries where it's illegal surely it's easier to shut them down?

    I can't speak for law enforcement. I'd say shutting down the Silk Road wouldn't be too difficult for them. The fact that it has not been shut down thus far would suggest to me that law enforcement has infiltrated it and uses it to identify vendors and purchasers of illicit drugs.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,554 zonEEE


    Maybe, but that doesn't make bitcoin any solution.



    If you can't argue civilly, you may find the mods reduce your ability to argue at all.



    Simply declaring it illegal in major jurisdictions would be one way. That would destroy all credibility in it as a global currency. There are also infrastructural weaknesses in the bitcoin model which could be exploited. Finally, such a tiny market is desperately prone to major market manipulation by the economic sharks. See the JP Morgan manipulation of the COMEX as a recent example.
    US politicians first raised the Silk Road issue in 2011. You can bet that since then both law enforcement and legislators have been monitoring bitcoin extremely closely. If they need to move on it, they will, and there will be no warning.

    I cant see them declaring it illegal. Cash has always been used to buy drugs. Should we ban cash? The drug market is always on the rise, there is no stopping it, billions has been wasted around the world on the war on drugs, if you cant keep them out of high security prison how can you keep them out of society? The problem can not be stopped, the only solution to it is legalisation, regulation, taxation, and education.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,109 Cavehill Red


    zonEEE wrote: »
    I cant see them declaring it illegal. Cash has always been used to buy drugs. Should we ban cash? The drug market is always on the rise, there is no stopping it, billions has been wasted around the world on the war on drugs, if you cant keep them out of high security prison how can you keep them out of society? The problem can not be stopped, the only solution to it is legalisation, regulation, taxation, and education.

    That's a different debate entirely, and again, one to which the solution does not necessarily revolve around electronic fiat currencies.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,554 zonEEE


    I can't speak for law enforcement. I'd say shutting down the Silk Road wouldn't be too difficult for them. The fact that it has not been shut down thus far would suggest to me that law enforcement has infiltrated it and uses it to identify vendors and purchasers of illicit drugs.

    You do realise the people that run silkroad have the exact same technology as the government when it comes to hacking. Its not going anywhere any time soon. Also its traders that sell the drugs, they dont come straight from silkroad, kinda like ebay without the bidding.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,554 zonEEE


    That's a different debate entirely, and again, one to which the solution does not necessarily revolve around electronic fiat currencies.

    Your the one that brought the drugs into it....


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,109 Cavehill Red


    What else do you invest in, ZonEEE? Because it sounds very like this is an ideological rather than an investment decision for you and all your posts are extremely emotional and lacking in diligence or critical distance.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,554 zonEEE


    What else do you invest in, ZonEEE? Because it sounds very like this is an ideological rather than an investment decision for you and all your posts are extremely emotional and lacking in diligence or critical distance.

    Emotional? I really don't know where you getting that from? All the arguments I gave are all over the internet in much detail.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/timothylee/2013/02/28/the-bitcoin-bubble-that-wasnt/

    I think your the one lacking in the critical distance... time will tell...


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,109 Cavehill Red


    zonEEE wrote: »
    Emotional? I really don't know where you getting that from? All the arguments I gave are all over the internet in much detail.

    I get it from responses such as where you asked if I was mad or in a bubble for having the temerity to disagree with you.
    zonEEE wrote: »
    I think your the one lacking in the critical distance... time will tell...

    On the contrary, I have at least done due diligence on this. The risks I have detailed are why bitcoins do not make up part of my portfolio.
    Further due diligence indicates that you are an undergraduate at Sligo IT with a significant interest in online gaming. Again I would ask, since this is the investments forum, what else have you invested in? Revealing your portfolio or your investing history would perhaps grant some much needed credibility to your proselytising for a highly speculative investment in a highly emotional manner.


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