Apr 192014
 

how to buy blackcoin

This guide covers how to buy BlackCoin on BlackCoin exchanges while minimizing your risk of fraud or exchange closure. Bitcoin/Altcoin exchanges have had a series of issues of late, from MtGox to Vircurex to AllCrypt. Here’s I’ll provide a list of ways to buy BlackCoin without falling for the BlackCoin exchanges that might not be very trustworthy. These are the exchanges that I personally use as well.

Bter: This is the exchange that I personally use and all my BlackCoin trading has been on Bter so far. I moved to Bter from Cryptsy about 6 months ago and have been very happy with them overall. They are prompt to resolve any issues, and I’ve requested withdrawals hundreds of times without any issue at all (although some others have reported problems but were subsequently resolved). Bter is also a nice exchange because they add innovative coins faster than most exchanges (personally, Bter was the first real exchange for me for both ProtoShares and Next – promising altcoins). They don’t have as much volume as Cryptsy though, so do be aware of that. If you’re looking to buy BlackCoin in huge quantities, perhaps you should prefer Cryptsy.

Cryptsy: Cryptsy is perhaps the best known altcoin exchange, and is based in the US which gives people more confidence that it is not an overnight scam. However, there have been many many reported issues with Cryptsy over the months, and it is no longer my preferred exchange anymore, as the competition seems to be handling issues much better. They also seem overcrowded with too many crapcoins and don’t tend to add the good ones as fast as Bter. However, their volumes are still something other exchanges would kill for, and the market is very liquid. I would recommend Cryptsy if you’re buying/trading with large quantities of BlackCoin. Here’s a very recent example in the DOGE/BTC market of the kinds of issues I am talking about:

Cryptsy Issues DOGE/BTC

MintPal: MintPal is a relatively new exchange which is why I have put it below Bter and Cryptsy but so far, it is one of the most promising altcoin exchanges. The trading is very fast, the interface is excellent and the support is great too. It is still new, so the volumes are definitely on the lower side and the spreads can be much higher too. Also, MintPal happens to be the recommended exchange by the BlackCoin team (I would take such recommendations with a pinch of salt, although I do think MintPal is an excellent exchange).

Moolah: This is an interesting new company that tries to make using digital currencies as easy and seamless as possible. The reason I mention them here is that you can actually buy BlackCoin directly in USD and you don’t have to go through Bitcoin at all. I’ve never personally used Moolah so cannot vouch for them, but from what I have seen and heard, they are pretty legitimate.

AllCrypt: Let me start off by saying that AllCrypt has been previously hacked, so be very careful with leaving excess funds on this exchange (although I liked how they handled the whole issue, and props to MintPal for helping them out with this). I mention this because it is the first altcoin exchange that I know of that has pairings against BlackCoin. Usually, exchanges list coins against BTC and LTC, but AllCrypt is doing this against BC which is great news for BlackCoin fans. The volumes are almost non-existent on these markets so far, but it’s something interesting for the community.

I hope this how to buy BlackCoin guide helped you with buying a promising cryptocurrency. If you’re interested in investing or buying BlackCoin, you should also check out their investor guide. Take their recommendations with a pinch of salt, as the value of altcoins or even Bitcoin is incredibly hard to predict, especially in the short term and the recent fluctuations in BlackCoin’s price were fairly enormous.

Do you know other ways how to buy BlackCoin? Have you used any of these BlackCoin exchanges?

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Apr 182014
 
Ron Paul: Bitcoin Should be Perfectly Legal

Ron Paul today said Though I don’t personally believe that Bitcoin is true money, it should be perfectly legal and there should be no restrictions on it, there should be no taxes on it which isn’t that big of a ‘news’ per se, because Ron Paul has said this before about Bitcoin too. In fact, [...]

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Apr 142014
 
Vircurex Starts Paying Interest on Deposits, But Should You Trade There?

Vircurex is one of the oldest cryptocurrency exchanges, and was established way before the explosion of altcoin exchanges that happened in the last few months. There was a time when the only real options for altcoin trading were btc-e, Vircurex and Cryptsy. However, today Vircurex has fallen out of favor, and not without some good [...]

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Apr 042014
 
Confessions of a Bitcoin Convert

This is a guest post from Joe Towner. Enjoy the read, and don’t forget to comment! When I first started researching Bitcoin to write a guide for small businesses, my knowledge of the technology and its applications were minimal. I understood the basic idea of a virtual currency, was baffled by the actual process of [...]

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Mar 312014
 
Get Ready for the Crypto Currency Convention in New York

Lots of things have happened since we first wrote about the first Crypto Currency Convention in New York that focuses on all crypto-currencies and not just Bitcoin. This conference will probably set a precedent for future crypto-currency events, and people in the community are watching closely. I am happy to report that the conference has [...]

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Mar 292014
 
Bitcoin Insurance is Trickier Than You Think

With Bitcoin going more and more mainstream every day (irrespective of the price. Seriously, stop obsessing about the price, up or down!), as a financial instrument (currency/commodity/thing of value/I-have-no-idea-what-it-is-but-I’ll-speculate) it’s only a matter of time before Bitcoin insurance comes along. Well, it sort of already did, and it’s a matter of time before bigger players [...]

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Mar 272014
 
Bitcoin Tug of War

A quote from Mark Andreessen during the CoinSummit in San Francisco caught my eye – “My prediction is that the Libertarians will turn on bitcoin in two years. It will be part of the mainstreaming.” It is amusing to me, considering Bitcoin has such a rich history already. Also, this comment appears to me to [...]

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Mar 182014
 
How to Buy & Sell Auroracoin: Auroracoin Exchanges

Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to buy Auroracoin and sell them, mostly on Auroracoin exchanges. Auroracoin really started the trend of ‘National Cryptocurrencies‘. The idea is to pre-mine 50% of the coin and distribute it to the people of Iceland. It’s a neat idea with some potential, but Auroracoin seems to have taken off [...]

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