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BitInstant has cut off the ability to buy bitcoins in certian locations. I am in boston and i was having trouble with them, sent email and they sent me this back...

BitInstant has cut off the ability to buy bitcoins in certian locations. I am in boston and i was having trouble with them, sent email and they sent me this back... submitted by forwhombagels to Bitcoin [link] [comments]

Accidently sent bitcoins to wrong email using bitinstant...so...anyway to get them back?

Long story short, forgot a number and now someone has a nice sum of my coin. Called zipzap money order, told me to call bitinstant but there number isnt listed and i dont have the processed order info because....its in the wrong email...
What do you suggest I do? Is there anything or is this the end? Any way I could possibly hack the email? Doubt if i just message them they will send it back to me.
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Question about bitinstant "send bitcoins to email".

This is my first time buying bitcoins. After I deposit my money at Walmart, bitinstant will send the bitcoins to my email (according to the instructions - it all seems easy up til there).
But when I get the bitcoins in my email, how do I send them to my wallet?
Thanks. Sorry I'm such a noob.
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Which is "better" on BitInstant, deposit to email or deposit to bitcoin address?

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Trying to obtain bitcoin purchase from 2013

I bought some bitcoin way back in April 2013 but can’t figure out how to obtain them. I have a confirmation email from bitinstant showing my order number. I also have an email from coinapult telling me I had a bitinstant deposit via coinapult. It seems like the site coinapult is working but bitinstant has been down for at least five years. Can I get this bitcoin back or is it gone forever?
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My biggest regret, a saved email from 2013.

12/20/13 K: Hey man, it's K. Is your name D? Anyway...getting money onto BTC-e can be tricky if you are trying to deposit USD. I kind of just had to learn by trial an error because I didn't know anyone that could teach me, because i am the only one that invests in crypto currency that I know.
Anyway, coinbase is probably the best bitcoin wallet service in the United States. It is definitely the largest and most reputable. Use this referral link: Once you sign up using this link, it will give us both some free money after you have purchased some bitcoins. The process takes a little while to get all started up, but it is worth it because it is so easy to use after. You can instantly buy bitcoins, and then use those bitcoins to send to BTC-E to purchase whatever other coins you want. I invest pretty heavily in LTC. The only way I have been able to do that is by buying bitcoins on coinbase, and then sending them to btc-e. Let me know if this works for you..
K: Let me know if the email reached you
D: Yep. I got it. Two to three days for the deposit verification into my bank account. Thanks for the advice. I take it you work in finance?
K: Yeah I do :). Coinbase takes a bit for the verification process but it is super easy to use after that. When you sell bitcoins, they just deposit the money right back into your bank account. It's the easiest service that I have found that is reputable.
D: Have you ever tried trading for small margins? I made about 0.60 USD since I started last night. I got my initial funding by mining FTC. I'm trading BTC.
D: Actually up to 10.81 after my last trade. Got in at 625 and sold at 639.
K: I mainly buy and hold for long term. I bought some NMC to flip, but it dropped in value steeply so im still holding it. I buy more every time it dips. Sent via wireless, please excuse any typos...
D: Cool. No worry about typos. I type all day at work so don't mind as well. I give up on accuracy at 5. My friends also aren't very much into crytpo currencies. I like the technical aspect but I'm more interested in trading on BTC-E. I must have watched about 12 hours of bitcoinwisdom since yesterday. It was my first time analyzing real time data. I can't believe how much info you can obtain just from identifying patterns. I have a quick question about a 401k if you don't mind. So far my year to date is 26%, is that good?
K: Yes, very good. You must have had it set up aggressively with the investing choices (which is better to do when you are young). Good stock market returns are around 12% so you are more than double, but don't be surprised if there is a correction to lower on the returns there too.
D: Yes. I'm over 50% in small cap and am young. Is there anyway to avoid that correction by reallocating?
K: Nah, just leave it. At least you have a 401k, most people are paycheck to paycheck
D: Defiantly. I can't imagine how some of my co-workers get by paying overdraft fees each month. Have a good night. I'll let you know when I buy some coins on that site.
K: Cool, let me know. Let's make some money! :)
12/22/13 D: Howdy K, I'm still waiting on the deposits in my bank account by Coinbase. Thanks for the referral link, I'm looking forward to that free $5 of BTC. Up to $12.30 USD on BTCE, looking to break $13 tonight. Can't wait to get some more trading funds.
K: It takes a bit for the initial deposit. I think it took my bank almost a week :(. Once you are done though everything is quick. If you add a credit card too, you can buy up to 10 btc instantly per week
D: Awesome. Have any suggestions? (pic) attaches picture of small gains trade history
K: What do you mean by sugggestions? Like on your trading?
K: Can you deposit more money? It looks like you aren't fully able to enjoy the full gains of your trades because the amounts that you are trading are a little small. If possible I would suggest buying 1 btc when the price is the lowest of the day, and then trade from there..
K: Also i would stay away from ftc for time being
12/24/13 K: Hey bud, i just got some free money from coinbase :) did you get it too? Pretty cool huh?
D: Yes sir. 4 days for my order to fill, can't wait.
12/25/13 D: Merry Christmas!
K: Merry xmas! If you add a credit card you can instant buy up to 10btc. What other coins are you buying right now? I mainly just have BTC and LTC
D: Does the credit card have to be a Visa? I'm mining about 8 FTC per day and trading for BTC at market. Then I trade BTC/USD for 0.10 - 0.40 profits. Working on a spreadsheet right now which you can see if you are interested.
D: spreadsheet sends corny orange and grey spreadsheet
K: Think it can be mastercard or amex too...
K: Nice LTC rally today :). I just picked up more LTC yesterday too
D: I tried adding a mastercard and discover but it wouldn't work. I've been watching the rally. Waiting to buy in to BTC at $656.
K: Shit that sucks, email support and ask if they accept mastercard? I find that odd that they would only accept visa
D: No worries. Deposit should clear 12/31
12/29/2013 K: Hows it going? Did you get your btc?
D: Hey K. Not yet, they will be deposited 12/31. Bought at $651
K: Nice so you are already up :)
K: How much did you buy? You should buy some and hold long term if possible too
1/2/2014 D: Happy New Year, K. I only bought 0.2 BTC for about $131. I'm at a total balance of $179.07. Started mining FTC again for the few extra dollars per day.
I think I read somewhere that there is a cap of 21 million BTC that will ever be in existence. 21 million on the internet is subtle considering how many views cat videos get on youtube. 21 million out 7 billion people is even smaller. Sometimes I find it hard to imagine millions and billions but I always think about this one thing: 1 million seconds is about 11 days, 1 billion seconds around 31 years. I'm very optimistic about the long term. Probably going to set aside at least 1 BTC in the near future.
Have you ever seen BTC listed on ebay? I created an auction yesterday for 0.1 BTC, $120.00. It sold within 3 hours but the buyer flaked out after I told them they would be receiving the BTC-E redeemable code in the mail. They created a dispute stating that the ebay/pal accounts were accessed by an unauthorized third party which is currently in process. I didn't lose anything and actually sold back the 0.1 at $775 after buying at $740 last night. I'm considering re-listing some BTC on Ebay but don't want to deal with reversed payments. Have any insight?
K: I heard ebay can be a nightmare with sellers getting scammed by buyers with chargebacks. If you are going to do it, I would recommend selling maybe paper wallets only, that you actually have to mail to them. That way you can have a tracking number for your shipping. If you want to sell through paypal, be careful, I think any mention of crypto currency can get your account frozen. Not positive about that though. Try selling to people on the forums, I think that would be easy. Honestly, I think just buying what you can and holding long is the best option to make the best returns. Look how the market has gone today D
K: 21 million BTC is not even enough btc for each person in my state to have 1, let alone the United States, or the entire world. As long as the demand stays high, the price could become astronomical if some major players like wall street enter the game. Just think, if Wall Street threw like 100 mill at Bitcoins (which is not that far-fetched), the price would probably jump to like 3-4k per BTC after that 1 day alone…
D: I don't think I'm going to sell anything else on Ebay until I come up with a better way of protecting against charge backs. The market has been awesome today.
D: That's very true. I think my next purchase will be 0.5 BTC to keep in my wallet.
K: Have you seen the stuff on zerocoin? Looks interesting, should be out this year...there has been a lotta hype around it..
D: Haven't heard anything about it until just reading an article now. Looks interesting and they make a good argument about anonymity. I only read over it briefly, but it appears what they're proposing would add an additional transaction fee the the process. Cool concept. Are you good with candlestick charts and patterns?
K: Somewhat. I learned them in college but stopped using them until now, so I am pretty rusty…I get the concepts and all, but I am not a professional at them by any means. I saw my buddies wallet the other day…he is pretty stacked. Over 250btc and over 1000 LTC!
D: That is pretty stacked. About 500k stacked, right? Are you familiar with the creator(s) of bitcoin "Satoshi Nakamoto"? Is it actually one person? There are quite a few claims as to who or whom Satoshi may be.
K: Im not familiar, i heard it was a team of people under that one name
D: I wonder if it was created by a goverment. Like some NSA type agency. Kinda like how the darknet started off as a Navy project.
K: Nah I doubt it. Government wouldn't create something that could possibly pose a threat to its own currency.
D: That's a good point. The future of BTC is exciting.
1/6/2014 D: Started trading NMC recently. Check ou the spreadsheet attaches another shitsheet Still just testing the water before I start making bigger trades. Buy any more BTC/LTC lately?
K: Cool man.. Year i got some LTC at $16 right before it went back up :)
1/7/2014 D: Nice buy. Catch the market today? China's equivalent of Ebay banned the sell of btc, ltc, mining gear, etc.
My understanding on of China: China’s central bank regulated the virtual currency for the first time on Dec. 5 by banning financial institutions and payment providers from conducting transactions in the virtual currency
Chinese central bank officials told third-party payment service providers to stop offering clearing services to online Bitcoin exchanges
China's Ebay bans sell of BTC in accordance to the central bank's ban effective Jan. 31. Acting as a clearing house of BTC.
I'm now $180 long NMC. I might invest 1k soon on BTC, any thoughts on an upcoming entry point?
K: Hmmm not quite sure on entry point. I am in the red as of today on NMC. Im trying to get it back to 0.01 btc to convert my nmc back to btc, i missed it on the last push. If you are investing 1k and holding long, then any of the daily ups and downs dont matter because in the long run we hope it will be way up. If i were you, i would just wait for a big red candle and then try to by at the bottom. Maybe $800/btc is good?
K: The part that sucks is that it seems like BTC value works so hard to creep up and up slowly, and right when it seems like it is going to pick up some momentum, BAM! More bad news comes out and slams the market. This cycle seems to keep repeating over and over right now…
1/9/14 K: I got 2 more btc :)
1/27/14 D: Sorry, haven't check this email account for a few weeks. Been working a lot of OT. What price did you buy in at on 1/9? I just sold a majority of my coins for cash. I picked up 3 LTC at 19.50 though. What's gonna happen 2/1/14?
Also, do you know how long it would take for a tax return check if you have your taxes in prior to the 31st? I finished those 2 weeks ago if it matters.
The other day the dow finished pretty low. Do you have any thoughts about the US economy over the next 6-12 months?
K: What’s up man…huge dump off of BTC right now on almost all exchanges (except gox which is bs anyway). I bought some more LTC at around $19 too.
I am holding all for long haul, although it would have been profitable to sell this morning, and re-buy after this dump off. I have no idea what is going to happen on 2/1. Last time when senate met, everyone thought the party was over, and then there was a huge rally in prices instead.
I am trying to figure out the right price to buy more btc right now… what do you think?
D: Sorry. Copied and pasted instead of attaching the pic. I think we'll have to see if it breaks that support. What about the arrest of that guy at bitinstant? *attaches picture of BTC 4h chart with a random line pointing downward
K: I don’t think that one arrest will tank the market like that. I am wondering if the confiscated silk road funds are being trickled through the exchanges by the feds. It seems weird the sell off right now. It almost seems systematic. Like there is a huge sell off that clears all the buy orders. Then it is calm for a few minutes, then repeat. Really strange…
D: But I wonder how they brought charges on him? Could they hold anyone accountable who sold BTC to a person using it to buy drugs on silk road? If the Feds are selling that would explain it. They seized 144,000 and they're saying the owner of silkroad may have 600,000 stashed in a wallet.
K: I think the number is more like 30,000 btc
D: The spokesperson says the approximately 26,000 Bitcoins seized are just the ones that were held in Silk Road accounts. In other words, it’s Silk Road users’ Bitcoin. The FBI has not been able to get to Ulbricht’s personal Bitcoin yet. “That’s like another $80 million worth,” she said, explaining that it was held separately and is encrypted. If that is indeed what he’s holding, that’s close to 600,000 Bitcoin all together or about 5% of all Bitcoin currently in existence. (Update 10-25: The FBI says it’s seized 144,000 Bitcoins, or about $28 million, that it believes belong to Ross Ulbricht.)
K: I don’t understand how they were able to confiscate them, when bitcoins are not yet considered money, so they shouldn’t fall under forfeiture rules…
1/17/18 - D: Wish you the best K and hope you held those coins longer than I did.
TLDR: Meet a friend in December 2013 that gave me advice to buy and hold BTC long term. This is one of our email threads from around that time, edited to remove personally identifying information. I used all my bitcoin for pizza following the fall of Mt. Gox and the subsequent bubble burst.
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Changelly scam... I think so.

I've been very patient with Changelly since August 5th when I submitted my first support ticket on this matter. Now that it's clear to me that Changelly runs a drag-it-out support strategy, it's time to go public.
Is Changelly a scam?
You be the judge... please leave your opinion in the comments.
CONTEXT
The transaction (Tx) at issue here is BTC for GBYTE (Byteball).
For those not familiar with Byteball:
Byteball has no mining; its native currency - white bytes (GBYTE) and black bytes (BB) - was created back in December 2016 and has since been distributed, as widely as possible, via ~monthly airdrops. Every full moon since December, a "snapshot" has been taken of the balance of bytes held on each and every Byteball address, and of the balance of every registered BTC address. Shortly thereafter, each address receives new bytes based on the balance at the time of the snapshot.
The last snapshot was August 7, 2017 18:10 UTC (11:10 PDT), and new bytes were distributed as follows:
One last thing: Byteball's immutable ledger of Txs is stored in a construct called a DAG (Directed Acyclical Graph), analogous in function to bitcoin's blockchain.
WHAT HAPPENED?
On August 5, two days before the Byteball snapshot, I initiated a Tx with Changelly to trade 20 BTC for ~105 GBYTE. Changelly took my BTC, but held on to the GBYTE through the snapshot, collected the airdropped Byteball reward based on the balance of my funds, and then, 4 days after I initiated the Tx, sent ~105 GBYTE.
Changelly effectively stole my ByteBall distribution reward.
When hours had passed and still no GBYTE, I sent my first ticket, and support responded:
"It seems that there could be some technical issues either with our wallet or with Gbyte network. We will investigate the matter. We have forwarded your request to the technical department. They will push your transaction through. We will inform you, once your issue is resolved!"
On August 7th, before the snapshot, I submitted two more support tickets. I told Changelly that if they couldn't deliver the GBYTE before the snapshot, I wanted my BTC back. Support responded on August 8th 2:06pm (long after the snapshot):
"Unfortunately, we cannot refund your bitcoins since they have been already converted into GBYTE. But you will receive the same amount since your money has been already exchanged. Please confirm your GBYTE wallet address and we will repeat payout. All the issues seem to be fixed now, so it should work."
I responded, explaining why the only reasonable remedy was for Changelly to refund my BTC. I did not confirm any GBYTE wallet address.
Support ignored me and sent the following on August 9th:
"Good news! We have received the response from the exchange and now everything has been delivered!"
I wrote to Charlie Shrem, an advisor to Changelly, and he forwarded my complaint to Changelly CEO, Konstantin Gladych. I've also emailed Gladych many times directly myself. Zero response.
CIVIL LIABILITY
Under civil law, Changelly has been unjustly enriched and is liable to pay restitution.
Unjust Enrichment. A general equitable principle that no person should be allowed to profit at another's expense without making restitution for the reasonable value of any property, services, or other benefits that have been unfairly received and retained.
This principle is widely recognized and applies to Changelly here regardless of whether they did anything wrong. This is essentially why Coinbase and Poloniex changed course and gave their customers the BCH that was due to them.
CRIMINAL LIABILITY
Changelly is clearly liable under civil law.
What about criminal liability?
Using a DAG explorer, we can browse Byteball's immutable ledger of Txs and discover the following:
All Changelly had to do was send it to me. What happened?
The DAG shows that the GBYTE was diverted to the following addresses, which subsequently received the airdropped GBYTE that rightfully should have gone to me:
  • 31,447,997,156 to CBCYP2UY6YX2FJX6OXNDHBQO4VREDUJL
  • 51,788,023,285 to QAHP5Z4P6QQV4S3MUVTOJM5D7SJDWPSD
  • 21,763,859,830 to 6H5USZBXMOYUAGCYEYF7P3A6QU2EJBCT
  • 306,636,259 to QR542JXX7VJ5UJOZDKHTJCXAYWOATID2
The DAG also shows plenty of Tx activity over the relevant time period, also strongly suggesting no technical issues were to blame for Changelly's delayed Tx.
Did you know…?
Under the Czech Republic's Code on Corporate Criminal Liability both Changelly and the individual perpetrator(s) would be criminally liable.
WHAT NEXT
Changelly… fix this immediately.
Up next we’ll explore…
  • how to connect employee identities to the suspicious Byteball addresses
  • inner-workings of Changelly
  • the Bittrex and Changelly APIs
  • behind the scenes of the Changelly-Bittrex connection
  • Konstantin Gladych’s relationship with the European Cybercrime Center
  • presenting evidence to Czech and U.S. prosecutors
  • comments from devs re: Changelly’s technical excuses for failed Txs
  • similarities and differences between Changelly and BitInstant
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How do I sell cryptocurrency without documentation of my cost basis? (US)

Hi PF,
As the title says, I have a problem. I have been investing in and trading cryptocurrency for 5 years. I lack the ability to substantiate any claim as to the source of these funds because I did not keep or cannot access 4 out of 5 years of records of purchases and trades that led to this point. In my (minor) defense, there was zero guidance about taxes and cryptocurrency when I bought the initial coins.
Here is where I screwed up:
1- I bought many bitcoin on mt gox, bitinstant, and coin.mx. All three are defunct, I have no record of these purchases. Not in my email, not on my bank statements (cash, moneygram, western union were primay payment methods). Purchase dates, unknown. I do know the prices of the cheapest and most expensive coin of this group as well as how many so I know the average price, but again, I cannot prove any of it.
2- Many trades were made on various exchanges over the years, each being a taxable event. Of 5 years of trading, I only have records for the most recent years records. One exchange is defunct, one does not have user accounts and provides no way to lookup order history, and the other I have lost the 2FA access to. This is thousands of trades that I have not properly documented with unknown dates, prices, gains, etc.
3- I bought another crypto, Ethereum, in early 2016. I did this by exchanging bitcoin for it. I have no record of this taking place. I sent bitcoin to a service that sent me the ethereum in return. I know the price of the ethereum and quantity but again, there is no documentation of this purchase.
I want to cash out, pay my taxes, and buy a house. I just don't even know where to begin. Can a tax professional help someone who can't provide any documentation of such a thing? Certainly there must be some way to resolve this properly?
The little price and date information that I do know exists only in my head. I don't think that quite cuts it with the IRS when they ask for proof. I'm a bit worried, I don't want any problems with the government.
-A Throwaway
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A step by step guide for newbies who want bitcoins anonymously.

This may be a long post, essentially I just thought it would curb a lot of the questions around here about how to acquire BTC. So here goes:
  1. Go to www.bitinstant.com
  2. Select cash to bitcoin address
  3. On your SR account, under "account" (on the top bar beside messages and orders) there should be a BTC address in green characters. Copy and paste that as the bitcoin address to send your BTC to on bitinstant.
  4. For your notification email they ask for on the bitinstant website form, use a tormail account for anonymity. This is free and super easy to set up. I use squirrel mail as it is the most basic. sign up here: http://jhiwjjlqpyawmpjx.onion/ and for the other info (name and DOB) make it up. but use the same fake info when you actually deposit the cash. I used my fake ID's info (I have a PA ID that I got from ID chief before he was shut down, so i use that info)
  5. After you fill that out, it will send you to zipzap. Follow the basic instructions there and use your real zipcode to find places close to you that will allow you to do this transaction. I chose CVS.
  6. follow the rest of their instructions and make sure you print out the pdf with all the information (account number and code and such). take this form with you to CVS.
  7. Go to the customer service department (or photo department lol this is where the moneygram stuff was when I went). Just pick up the red phone and listen. You will be asked an address, name, and phone number. SAY YOURE PAYING A BILL. I think they say "press 2 for bill payment". Press that. Then just follow the instructions on the phone and such. About the address and shit: Just give them any address and zipcode, same bullshit with the name. Any name will do (try and make sure it matches the fake one you originally used on bitinstant though just in case), and say you chose not to give your phone number.
  8. They will eventually tell you "you are paying a company (zip zap) please go to the counter and tell them your name and that you are paying a company"
  9. go to the cashier and tell them you are so and so paying a bill/company with moneygram and they will confirm the amount of cash.
  10. after you give them the cash, you will be on your way! :) It should take a bit for the BTC to be confirmed.
GENERAL INFO: Bitinstant will give you a specific amount. i.e. $242.97 and you MUST have exact change when you pay.
Make sure you have enough. There is a 4% fee plus zip zap takes like $3.99. So to be safe, deposit 10% more than you need. I made this mistake yesterday lol. For example: you want $250 in your SR account. Deposit $250 + 10% ($25) so you'll deposit $275.
If you go home and would like to see where your BTC currently are, take your SR address (or the address you sent to) and search it on www.blockchain.info and when that address has anywhere from 7-10 confirmations, it should appear in your SR account!
It should take about an hour or two from depositing until the time when you have BTC in your account. Happy shopping :)
If this guide sucked, I'm sorry. lol. I tried.
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I had no idea...

So, I'd only ever really been over to /bitcoin from SRD, so I was only mildly educated on what it was, and I had no real opinion about whether it was a good or bad thing. I didn't really care one way or the other, I just like watching the people who cared get really upset.
But omg people. You have GOT to be kidding me with this mess. I tried to buy some BTC last night. I started at 10pm. It is now 1pm and I just finally succeeded. Of course, first I educated myself in the broad strokes of BTC, and that took about an hour. Then I started trying to buy. First, I couldn't get LocalBitcoin to send me a cofirmation email no matter what I tried (that just got solved 15 minutes ago when I gave them my throwaway yahoo address instead of my normal gmail address, and yes, I checked Spam). Expresscoin would only allow a money order or check in the mail, and i was looking to have coin in the next two days. Trucoin looked promising, until I realized it was invitation only, with a waiting list. igot wasn't bad, but now I have to wait three days for them to deposit money into my back account to verify it. Bitinstant is down. Snapcard and Coinbase... oh man. I'm surprised they didn't send people to my house for a cavity search. I sent a picture of my passport. A picture of myself holding my passport. A copy of both my bank statement and a recent household utility bill. And I FAILED at the authentication process for both of those sights. Wat?
So, you know how I eventually managed to buy my BTC. I went to ebay and bought some with paypal.
I don't understand how you guys think BTC can be a thing when it's 1. hard to understand and more importantly 2. impossible to access. Also, how is it getting away from the government when I had to prove who I was with more documentation than I use when crossing international borders?
Not trying to start and argument. I'm overly tired and just really astonished at how difficult that was. If I wanted to go online and buy literally anything else that didn't actively harm other people, I could just do it. This makes no sense.
Edit: Well, I finally managed to get some BTC using LibertyX. I should have just used LocalBitcoin instead, though, and will next time. Though, once Circle confirms my account, that will probably be my primary method. Unfortunately, it looks like the ebay seller was a scam. Which is weird because she is a super-seller (or whatever they're called) and had only one negative feedback out of thousands, which she resolved with the customer. I can't get her to reply to me. I'm not sure I can report it to ebay since I wasn't supposed to buying it on ebay in the first place (which I didn't know?). I'm dumb :-(
Edit2: Wasn't ripped off on eBay! I guess I got lucky :-) Thanks to all those who helped and gave suggestions.
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Purchase (almost) Anything with Bitcoins

Hello Bitcoin!
I have been following the community from the sidelines for a few years now. I've read everything I can, picked through the source code and papers and learned a lot of crypto in the process. It has been difficult at times. I thought I had "missed the boat" when the bitcoin exchange rate was skyrocketing. I was disheartened when the value crashed and it was dismissed by my friends. I was anxious when my GPU mining was eclipsed by dedicated rigs and FPGAs. Still, Bitcoin has pushed through it all and come out stronger for the wear.
There is enough evidence to convince me that the benefits of cryptocurrency are so numerous as to make its adoption inevitable. One day, we will wonder how anyone could have doubted the effect a purely digital currency would have, just like how the benefits of internet itself seem so obvious to us now. Yes, the value will fluctuate, but I firmly believe that cryptocurrency won't just disappear overnight with so many people collectively working to strengthen and grow the system.
There are still challenges ahead. One that has had a lot of attention recently is that bitcoins only have value if they are being used. Otherwise, the value is just based on speculation, and we all know what problems that has caused.'
Bitcoin Friday is a great idea, and projects like the BitInstant Paycard could certainly help with this in the future, but there is centralization, fees and a lot of trust involved here. I don't think this meshes with what should be a truly p2p system: we need to be able to use bitcoins as money without having to trust anyone. Today, I'd like to start using Amazon Gift Cards to help fill the gap.
This is what I propose:
I will gift brand-new Amazon Digital Gift Cards to you in exchange for your bitcoins.
This allows anyone to turn bitcoins into goods/services, but we cut out speculators that trade in the currency and don't actually provide value or grow the market. You have to actually be buying something for this to be useful to you, which is exactly the point.
I hope that by posting with my real account and name, you will have confidence that my intentions are good and I will not scam anyone. Still, the whole point of Bitcoin is to minimize trust, so this is what I propose:
The exchange rate is pegged to the median value of the three USD market prices on the front page of bitcoincharts.com. For simplicity, I'll peg the rate today at 0.4371 BTC = $5 USD
  1. PM or post:
    • total US dollar value of Amazon Gift Cards you wish to purchase
    • the email address you want them sent to
  2. I will purchase a $5 USD gift card and send it to you. I am going out on a limb here to show my good intentions, and I will trust you first. In the gift note, I'll include the destination address for your 0.4371 bitcoins.
  3. You fund the transaction by sending bitcoins to the destination address.
  4. I monitor the destination address. As you deposit bitcoins, I will purchase gift cards for you, up to the amount we agreed on. We can do this $1 at a time, $5 at a time, or $50, your choice. Amazon sets the minimum amount at $0.15, so I can't send cards smaller than that.
Comments? Questions? Let me know!!
Edit 1: Thanks to everyone who's contacted me so far!
Edit 2: Well this has been fun, but I'm signing off for the night. I'll leave this post as a standing offer until otherwise noted.
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How exactly did Charlie help Bitcoin? He was selling on silkroad for a massive markup while destroying bitinstant and ignoring legit customers all for $$. He did nothing for Bitcoin.

I was completely ignored trying to buy $3000 because he was too busy selling to silkroad. He was after FIAT not helping Bitcoin. I think this community is confused.
There's emails that show his activity without a doubt. If he was in trouble for selling Bitcoin on bitinstant I'd be his first supporter. But he wasn't.. He was making $$ on silkroad. Why is that someone you want to support?
I don't get it. Why is silkroad and fiat now more important than Bitcoin??
You can read his emails for yourself http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/pressreleases/January14/SchremFaiellaChargesPFaiella,%20Robert%20M.%20and%20Charlie%20Shrem%20Complaint.pdf
More complaints
http://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/1bzo49/do_not_use_bitinstant/
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=128314.8160
Read 410 pages of complaints and then tell me how reputable they seem.
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A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating an Anonymous Wallet for Covert Practices

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating an Anonymous Wallet for Covert Practices
With the recent Bitcoin “bubble” fiasco and the subsequent rise and fall of Bitcoin value, it seems that this subreddit has become obsessed with making money. But get-rich-quick schemes are not at the heart of Bitcoin. Instead BTC should be seen as a way to keep Big Governments and Big Businesses from knowing how much money you have and what you choose to spend that money on. As a currency, it doesn't matter how much the value fluctuates if you plan on spending your wealth on sites like the Silk Road and etc.
(OK, maybe it does matter a little bit if the money you spent yesterday is worth twice as much today; but this guide is for spenders, not hoarders. Or at least for hoarders who also like to spend.)
Let's discuss my favorite attribute of the Bitcoin protocol: anonymity.
Many noobs getting into the Bitcoin game fail to realize that anonymity is an important key to understanding the importance of Bitcoin. In places where your wealth can easily be taking away from you (see Cyprus, Russia, China, the USA and others), Bitcoin can function like a store of cash buried in a dessert in the middle of nowhere – buried so deep that nobody can find it, not even the most powerful men and women on Earth.
POINT: If you are purchasing your Bitcoins through services like Coinbase or Mt. Gox, and if you've ever given your real name and bank account information to a Bitcoin Exchange, then you are NOT anonymous. Your Bitcoins can be traced back to you. Your purchases are recorded in the blockchain, and although it's difficult, it's certainly not impossible for those with the knowhow to find you and prosecute you. See this link before continuing.
Bitcoin is not inherently anonymous. You must take steps to protect yourself in order to keep your identity a secret. And even still, if you don't know what you are doing, you run the risk of being caught. So if you care about hiding yourself and your money, I offer this guide as a way to accomplish secret purchases and covert trades. Of course I cannot guarantee you won't end up in jail. At the end of the day, nobody knows how closely governments are tracking BTC purchases over the TOR network. Some people even believe that the TOR network was created by nefarious forces. I doubt it, but you never really know.
STEP ONE: Anonymous Hardware
Because you cannot really know whether or not you are being watched, your first step in creating an anonymous wallet is to protect yourself by buying a cheap laptop computer and removing the hard-drive. Really, who needs a hard-drive anyway? Toss it in the garbage.
STEP TWO: Anonymous Software
If you don't know how to download a Linux LiveCD, then stop reading now. You are probably not skilled enough to protect yourself anyway. If you don't know how to download a Linux LiveCD, then proceed with extreme caution; downloading an ISO file and burning it to a DVD is pretty damned easy. Easier than anonymity. Those who refuse to learn are at risk.
It's arguable which software you should use, but I recommend connecting to the TOR network using TAILS, a live DVD or live USB that aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity. TAILS helps you to use the Internet anonymously, leave no trace on the computer you're using, and to use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt your files, email and instant messaging.
ProTip: For an extra layer of protection, download the ISO from your local library's computer. Or while you're sipping a mocha at Starbuck's. Then burn it to a DVD and take it home. Place it in your crap computer (the one without a hard-drive) and turn it on. Enter the BIOS menu and boot from CD if your computer doesn't do it automatically.
DO NOT CONNECT TO THE NETWORK FROM YOUR HOME.
I repeat, for an extra layer of security, DO NOT CONNECT TO YOUR HOME WIFI USING TAILS IF YOU WANT TO DO SHADY THINGS. That's just common sense. TAILS itself isn't illegal. But if you're the type to do shady things, you don't want to practice on your home Wifi, which you probably pay for with a bank account or credit card.
After you've spent a day or two using TAILS and familiarizing yourself with the LinuxOS, and once you feel comfortable enough to continue, then head back to your local Starbucks, boot up the LiveCD, and connect. Browse the TOR network and triple-check that you are protected. You can do this by checking your IP address for DNS LEAKS. Only if you feel comfortably hidden from prying eyes will you want to continue.
STEP THREE: Creating an Anonymous Wallet
There are several different ways to to this, but the easiest way is to use the code at bitadress.org. Thanks to SpenserHanson for creating this thread which describes the process in detail:
  1. Save bitaddress.org.html to your computer
  2. Close browser.
  3. Disable computer Wi-Fi.
  4. Open bitaddress.org.html in browser.
  5. Generate an address and record the private keys.
  6. Close the browser window.
  7. Go home. Think about what you are about to do.
STEP FOUR: Funding the Anonymous Wallet
Funding your wallet will be the most difficult part of this process. Obviously you don't want to go to a site like Coinbase or Mt. Gox and link up you bank account, then start sending coins to your anonymous address. That would be stupid. Very stupid.
Probably the best way to get coins is to know someone who is willing to send you a few, but even then you lead a trail back to your friend.
My suggestion is to make cash deposits through ZipZap or Bitinstant, and give them false information (for example, use the new email you created, over the TOR network, from a site like Hotmail or Yahoo, which doesn't require a phone number to sign up – I'm looking at you Gmail. Make sure your new account forwards your email to yet another account, perhaps Tormail or a temp address. You probably won't need to use the email more than once anyway, for confirmation, if you need it. And you might want to create a new address with every deposit, just to be safe). There are other options of course. Some companies will sell you Bitcoins anonymously through Bank of America cash deposits. But remember that the moment you walk into a Big Bank and give them money, you are caught on camera. Maybe offer a homeless man some money to make the deposit for you. And hope he doesn't just pocket your money. Regardless, you want to stay away from Big Banks if you can. It really isn't that hard.
If you absolutely must make deposits from your bank account, you could send your coins to an anonymous online wallet first and then to cold storage, but make sure to use several mixing services over a period of several days. And then have trouble sleeping at night.
Another great idea is to use the localbitcoins website; meet with a seller locally; pay cash and GTFO.
STEP FOUR: Spending from the Anonymous Wallet
If you are looking to CASH OUT, there aren't many anonymous options besides meeting with somebody and selling face to face. You could always sign up for your own account at localbitcoins, then hope a buyer contacts you. But this guide isn't about making money, it's about spending your coins.
To buy things, you'll want to go to back to the library, connect through TAILS, download a lite client like Electrum and access your account. Every time you want to spend, you will have to re-download, but it should not take more than a few minutes. And though you are probably safe enough to spend directly from the client, if you really want to be safe you should send the funds to a second wallet though a mixing service, then to a third or fourth or fifth wallet, also through mixing services. These “Mixing Wallets” should NOT be created using the TOR network because the TOR exit node may be monitored. I've never had a problem myself, but it's theoretically possible that an attacker could record the password/private keys for the hosted wallet and steal your coins. Which is why you should NEVER USE THE SAME ACCOUNT TWICE. And never access your cold storage wallet through the net. That would be very very bad.
To created the mixing wallets you will also need a way to hide your identify without using TOR. The best way to do this is to sign up for a VPN service though a public WiFi hotspot and then pay in Bitcoin. The best service I have found is called Private Internet Access. You can access their service through a public computer, connect to the VPN, and voila, you now can safely create mixing wallets without exposing your password to the open network. Make sure that after you mix the coins you send them all to a safe, final address, which will be your Spending Wallet.
Remaining anonymous will cost your some time and money. With each transaction you're going to have to pay for mixing, and also the transaction fee. And setting up a new email and a new account with every transaction (so that you can spread the coins across multiple fake accounts) will be bothersome but worth it in the long run. You can't put a price on piece of mind when it comes to your safety.
REMEMBER Your Spending Wallet should not contain all of your funds. The bulk of your coins should be address you created using bitaddress. Never trust an online service to hold the bulk of your funds. The recent hacks have shown that the best place to store your private key is in your head.
Final Notes:
The Bitcoin protocol itself is not anonymous. And theoretically it's possible to trace every transaction back to you. This is why you need to use fake emails, many multiple addresses, and a VPN service with heavy encryption. Even with the knowledge and the technology to map the blockchain, the FEDS will have a hell of a time tracking multiple address though VPN tunneling back to a cold storage wallet that you created offline and only use to send coins over TOR. There are just too many roadblocks. Of course nothing is impossible. But I sleep very good at night knowing that my door is not going to be kicked in by the Men in Black. And even if you're not doing anything illegal, this sort of behavior is certainly suspicious.
If you were lucky enough to receive a tip from Reddit's own bitcoinbillionaire (I myself was not) and you haven't cashed out. Create a VPN-tunneled throwaway account and tip yourself before claiming your coins. Then send them through a mixing service and to your cold storage address. Now you're on your way to being an anonymous spender.
I hope this guide helps. I really do. The purpose of Bitcoin isn't to make money. It's to protect the money that you already have, and to protect your identity in places where your identity is compromised. Everybody in the world wants your money, especially the richest of the rich. You ought to do everything you can to keep yourself safe. Especially if you live in a compromised geography.
TL;DR: Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.
EDIT: Some typos.
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My newest rant about Dwolla and Bitinstant. (require Social Security#, and Picture ID to use now...)

After Gox required me to provide a bank statement, photocopy of my drivers license (with my face and thumb print), my social security number, and a copy of a recent bill, I decided a big fat "FUCK YOU" was in place, and after 2 years, I was finally done with bitcoins.
Then, everyone said use BitInstant...
I already had my Dwolla account for 2 years also, and it had $150.00 in it that I transferred the first week of December, 2012...
Well, I have tried every possible solution of getting that $150.00 turned in to bitcoins and had previously linked and verified my bank account to Dwolla...
When I tried BitInstant, it looked all good, I agreed to the fees, and then on the last screen they say "WE REQUIRE PHOTO ID ALSO"..
God damnit, I said...
I provided.
Now, 3 days later I get another email from Dwolla saying they won't put that money that I initiated in to my BitInstant account unless I provide (on top of my photo ID, and already verified and linked bank account) MY FUCKING SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.
So if you want to use bitcoins in an easy manner at all, without meeting up with sketchy people you never knew on "local coins", then you need to provide every last bit of information for perfect identity fraud, to an UNKNOWN entity.
I am starting to hate the process of bitcoins and every company involved.
Fuck Dwolla and BitInstant for now wanting my picture ID and social security number.
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Charlie's Thoughts - Friday, June 27th, 2014

Happy Friday!
I decided to post some of my thoughts today. It's about 6pm ET on this Friday, the Silk Road Auction Day. Banks on the east coast have closed and west coast banks are soon to follow.
In 15 minutes bidding closes for the 30,000 Silk Road coins.
quintin3265 hasn't posted his "a few thoughts" today, and I know many of us (including myself) are looking for some thoughts on this insane day (EDIT: As I'm writing this he posts lol), so I wanted to jot down some of mine on the day, the weekend, and next week.
Today
Yesterday and overnight we saw a nice recovery to $590 (after our drop from $590 that happened on Wens) and it was met with a large amount of resistance, the price simply couldn't break upward. The volume wasn't huge over a short period of time, rather it was done over a 4-8 hour window. Personally, I prefer when the price rises consistently over a period of a few hours than in 1 shot. About an hour ago, we saw a $15 drop, about 700 BTC sold within a 30 minute period. As I'm writing this, the price is building itself back up, currently at $582.55.
Personally, I've been wanting to buy all week. I'd like to buy another 6 BTC or so before the auction results are announced or leaked. I'm tapped out at the moment, I like to keep enough USD in my credit union to cover 3-4 months worth of bills (my other assets are either not liquid or have penalties for selling) and if I buy 6 BTC now, that's reducing myself to 2 months of USD in the credit union. Thankfully, my consulting work pays in BTC and payday is Monday. I've been quietly praying that if we see a significant jump, it is not until Monday afternoon.
The Weekend
Honestly, this can go either way. We've seen weekends with a slow 3 day $40 rise and we've seen weekends where the opposite happens. Anyone who tells you the price always rises or always drops on weekends has no idea what they are talking about.
I'd like to see data from Bitstamp/Bitfenix that shows a chart of how much USD/EUCNY vs BTC they are holding. Not to do with fractional reserve or anything, I'd like to see if there was a significant amount of fiat that has been wired in, anticipating a rise. If those numbers are high, and my friends who work for companies that are bidding are telling me the truth, their exchange accounts are fueled with fiat and ready to buy.
Many people have predicted that this week people would be buying up, especially those who work for the companies that are bidding, as they would know the bid. However wouldn't it be smarter for these insiders to wait until after the bid closes at 6? I think so. The reason being, they can buy up cheap coins and no one else at the same time they will get more coins as they buy up to the bid price. Once bidding ends and the banks close, people won't be able to send wires into the exchanges to buy more coins. These insiders may be saying "If we start buying on Wens, we don't know what the final bid will be, and we give other people to piggyback off us and make our coins more expensive or we get less. Rather, if we wait until banks close, we are the only ones who stocked up significant fiat thus we can buy the coins up to the bid price"
Just like quintin3265 says, the community is very small and word spreads quickly. There are always people in the know and will trade on their knowledge. The market is just waiting right now.
Next Week
The auction will end on Monday, and the winners announced. According to the USMS.gov website:
On Monday, June 30, 2014, by 5:00 PM EDT, the USMS will notify the winning biddebidders that their bid/bids has/have been selected.
This is very important, because many people are bidding solely for the sake of bidding. They want to be part of history to say they bid and have no intention of buying the coins if they win. Everyone is telling me "Well Charlie, I doubt the winners will announce what they paid". While that may be true, the losers will announce what they bid. That is very important. If the price is $580 on Monday, and someone who bid $650 announces they did not win the coins, what do you think will happen? Of course this opens us up to people lying/spreading FUD, so I wouldn't trade on some guy with a week old reddit account on /Bitcoin saying he lost, I'd wait for someone who actually has a reputation to lose to say something.
Long Term
Obviously those who know me know I'm long term bullish on Bitcoin. I bought my first Bitcoin at under $5 back in 2010 and have regretted selling when I needed to every since. Thankfully I get paid in Bitcoin and have bought on the lows and sold on the highs enough times to accumulate many back.
Nothing could happen next week, who knows. The bubble may come 2 weeks or 2 months from now, maybe we will see slow growth for a year and slow decline. It's impossible to tell for sure. What I can say, is that if you buy 1 Bitcoin today, in 5 years you'll thank me.
I'll end with a funny story. 2 weeks ago I was at the NYC Bitcoin Fair which takes place every Sunday, we have over 25 merchants accepting Bitcoin. Food, drinks, friends, and a lot of fun. Some random guy comes up to me and says "Charlie?" and I said, "Yup, thats me!", he proceeded to grab me and give me a huge hug. Now, many early adopters have had their fair share of 'Bitcoin celebrity' status, but this was unusual, even for me. Of course I asked him, why the hug? He said:
I've been wanting to thank you for so long, but I've been waiting to finally meet you in person. 3 years ago when you were running BitInstant I made a cash deposit to buy some Bitcoin when the price was going up! A few days after I bought, the price totally tanked and I was furious, I spent $1000 but my Bitcoins were worth almost half. I emailed you to blow off some steam and you answered a day later telling me to hold onto the Bitcoin unless I really really needed the money. Well, I listened to you and about a year ago I sold some during the $1200 bubble and bought an awesome Lexus!
Granted, if the price was zero right now, he wouldn't be coming at me for a hug, rather for something else. It was still nice to hear the story none the less and he bought me a burger as a thank you :)
Have fun this weekend, go outside and enjoy the summer!
Charlie Shrem
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BITINSTANT CUSTOMERS BEWARE!!!

Bitinstant hasn't been honoring their obligation to provide bitcoins to paying customers. I had mad a deposit a day ago and still no funds. They will only respond to your email a couple times before they completely ignore you. They ask questions like is it from old site or new site? or what your order id? But NO action has been taken to make this right!
I feel screwed over to say the least
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Update on Weekend BitInstant Transactions

Good Morning All!
Essentially on Friday BitInstant, Coinapult, MtGox, BTCe, and possibly others (unconfirmed reports of Ozcoin) were attacked.
This attack was not just a DOS attack, rather the hacker attempted to change passwords, API keys, and generally fuck up our whole system.
Not only this, but it caused major issues and code breaks in the API used for BitInstant to talk to its partner exchanges where we buy BTC as soon as your deposit is made.
All funds are safe, nothing was lost.
We immediately took BTCe offline, Bitcoin-Address, and Bitcoin-to-email as well.
Now, BTCe is back online and has been since Saturday.
We've been awake the past few days 24 hours and looking to have Bitcoin-Address, and Bitcoin-to-email back tonight EST.
All orders that were delayed will have their fees fully refunded as well as BTC prices honored as early back as Friday when your deposit was made.
I want to take this time and thank my super devoted team of developers and customer support. They have not slept all weekend, making sure everyone's emails, chats, and calls have been answered within minutes.
Thanks for your continuing business and support
Charlie
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I am traveling and am in a city in Brazil. My only credit card got cloned. I have bitcoins. How can I use them to get my hands on some fast cash to buy food, etc?

This is a real situation. I only have about $75 in cash, but have a few thousand dollars in bitcoin. I'm in Manaus (a city in the middle of the Amazon). I was wondering if anyone knew how I could quickly convert some bitcoin to the local currency (Reals). I don't mind a fee, I would even use Western Union if there was a quick and easy way to do it.
edit: I'm still looking for the best way to get some local currency. So far this is what investigating has lead to: There are a handful of services that will do it, that are so small that I would actually be more likely to trust a redditor with a decent account history. (https://www.ecurrencyzone.com/ would be an example of someone who provides the service, but does not inspire confidence).
One guy (Talan_Sun) started up an account to respond to this offering to send me money and then I send him bitcoins in an incrementing spiral, until I have the full 2k. Seems weird, but, well, he'd be taking the risk if he really did that, so it seems like an okay offer, although quite a long way to do it.
The best redditor offer that I will go for if a company does not work out is Julian702 in the comments here. He seems like a nice guy, and has a good reputation with people vouching for him. This is more confidence inspiring than those shady looking websites set up to do it.
Right now where I'm at is that I contacted BitInstant asking if they could help, using their form, and they did not respond. But now Erik with a @bitinstant email address shows up in these comments and says to contact him if I still need the money. So I'm doing that, and depending on what happens there, I'll go with Erik from BitInstant, and if not him, then Julian from the comments.
edit2: Just had breakfast. Another $8.50 gone.
Final edit: Although the reddit community and individual redditors were greatly supportive and awesome in general, there were no really clean and sane ways to do it. Nothing that didn't either take a long time, or involve trusting an internet person with the entire sum of money. In terms of risk, I really would trust someone with a good reputation with a couple of k in a pinch. But really I thought there'd be a simpler way to do it. Give someone bitcoins, then they send you money. That doesn't seem that hard. But on that same note Western Union and MoneyGram would not allow me to make a bank account deposit to myself, and then pick it up at one of their offices. So who would've thought getting your hands on some some cash when you have money would be so hard?
What ended up seemingly being the best and easiest solution was using MasterCard emergency services. They can get money into a bank account within a few hours, and can provide an emergency card which will be valid for 3 months or so within a few days. So this is the kind of service a huge corporation will provide you when they take so much our money for providing a non-service, that they don't know what else to do with it. Ah well, it gets me out of a pinch, anyway.
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DO NOT USE BITINSTANT

I sent Bitinstant 240$ on March 5th. I still don't have my bitcoins. Bitinstant didn't even send me an email to confirm that they received my order. Zip Zap confirmed that my money was transfered to them (my account # is 606793743). I have used "live chat" and emailed Bitinstant for the past month and i have yet to be given any information about my order. No order ID, no ETA, only several false assurance that my request had been forwarded to tech support and would be processed within the next business day.
EDIT: My order was processed 4/19/13...
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BitInstant Service Sucks Enough for ME to make it MY 1st Post!

I get it. They got hacked cause the owner of the site didn't expect that BitCoins would get hit like it did with the sudden influx of publicity and couldn't keep up with demand. The guy/gal even didn't do a 2 part verification process and became the victim of a simple social engineering hack that strolled away with about $12,000(?) of the companies bankroll before they noticed and pulled the servers. I sympathize with them and hope everyone in the BitCoin community learned a valuable lesson in password safety.
I read on the BitInstant blog that they got the servers up and running and was even paying the value of BitCoins at the time of purchase. Gotta be honest and say I was relieved to hear the news. That was a move that I wasn't expecting, but was a true sign that they wanted to show respect and trust by taking an even larger amount out of there bankroll.
But why am I so pissed that I have to make my 1st Reddit post one trashing BitInstant right in the headline?
Customer service is not what they are good at. Nor are they good at following thru with what they say. I'm laid back and a go with the flow kinda guy. During week 2 I even asked if they still were hiring. I want them to be the good guys. I root for the underdogs and never want to kick a guy when he's down. However, my transaction was done right about the time that I deposited my $150 at my local ZipZap location after 3 weeks of watching and learning the good and the bad from people about ways to get coins. This was my 1st transaction into the BitCoin world. I've been told to rest assured toward the end of week one. Week two I sent 3 emails and made 1 phone call. Read the blog about how they were taking care of damage control with what I considered respectful and sympathetic to us BitInstant victims.
Yet, now it's week three. My emails have become more frequent, 3 this past weekend and all of them posted where I noticed they aimed there damage control mods. I'm not sure what to do now. I want to post nasty things, call them names and be all psychoticly emotional and yet, I'm also understanding of the mess they are in. I'm however NOT ok with ZERO response. I'm NOT ok with wasting MY time writing emails and watching my inbox for 3 weeks or hoping that that noise I just heard is going to really be them saying "hey, you got your funds. Told you not to worry! We're deeply sorry!!!".
I don't ever see that email obviously. I don't even get a reason why or letting me know they're still working on it and that they still haven't forgotten about me. I feel like i'm just an unnoticed blip they see scrolling thru the other countless emails that the others keep posting with the same issues.
Hi, Reddit :-) I just pop my posting cherry. I was hoping it would've been about something original and cheery :-(
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So Coinbase gives you bitcoins instantly now? Can anybody confirm this for me please?

So I am planning on making a purchase with BTC soon, and I went to check bitinstant and was devastated to see that it was down for a rehaul. Then, I checked my email and saw that it said that coinbase gets you bitcoins instantly now, apparently no more waiting 5 days.
I just want to confirm that I am understanding this right, and if it is truly instant now. Has anybody gotten BTC instantly from coinbase without having to wait the 5 days for the bank transfer to be confirmed or whatever? I will be so god damned happy if coinbase is finally instant. Such a great way to get BTC.
Thanks for the help, guys. I appreciate it.
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Deleted from r/bitinstant

I have to assume it was a moderator who deleted my following post:
The word instant is even in the name, and yet I'm six days into not having the coins, have promptly responded with the correct information to every email from support. I have provided all the information requested and yet I haven't heard back since Sunday, and I have not received a response within 24 hrs on any of the messages I've sent. Customer support is awful, and I seriously doubt that they do anything to make this right. I followed the protocol to perfection. I immediately opened a Support Ticket, and did not email or anything that would slow down the response time. Exactly what bitinstant Reddit support said I needed to do. BitInstant is WOEFULLY inadequate to deal with their business in a reasonable or timely manner and I highly recommend you go elsewhere for your bitcoin needs.
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bitcoin, bitinstant, blockchain, mining, regulation; Apriamo questo report con la notizia che Charlie Shrem, il venticinquenne fondatore di BitInstant, il 19 dicembre scorso è stato condannato a due anni di reclusione e altri tre di libertà vigilata per reati collegabili al riciclaggio di denaro tramite … Leggi il resto Bitcoin entrepreneurs and Gemini founders Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have been ordered to pay USD 45,000 in legal costs in an ongoing case from 2013 against convicted BitInstant owner Charlie Shrem.. The payment relates to a lengthy court case in which the Winklevoss twins had instigated an investigation and asset freeze on Shrem concerning money owed to the brothers from a Bitcoin trade ... Unser strategischer Berater und Visionär, Charlie Shrem, ist ein amerikanischer Unternehmer und Bitcoin-Befürworter. Im Jahr 2011 war er Mitbegründer des heute nicht mehr existierenden Startup-Unternehmens BitInstant und ist Gründungsmitglied der Bitcoin Foundation, wo er zuvor als stellvertretender Vorsitzender tätig war. Ein Skandal nach dem anderen erschüttert die Internet-Währung Bitcoin. Die Winklevoss-Zwillinge, die zu den bekanntesten Bitcoin-Investoren zählen, lässt das nicht kalt. Sie fordern wegen der ... Bitinstant had recently performed a website update and upon release customers who attempted to purchase bitcoin had their payments collected and bitcoin not released. Bitinstant claims to be working on the issue however it has been 4 days since payment has been made and Bitinstant has ceased communicating with customers as of yesterday and no one has received bitcoin payment. The issue is very ...

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