Since nearly every day someone asks how bitcoin trading works here is a small guide to get you to set-up a wallet, sending and recieving bitcoin guide. What is bitcoin
(quoted from the wiki):
Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and a payment system invented by an unidentified programmer, or group of programmers, under the name of Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin was introduced on 31 October 2008 to a cryptography mailing list, and released as open-source software in 2009.The system is peer-to-peer and transactions take place between users directly, without an intermediary. These transactions are verified by network nodes and recorded in a public distributed ledger called the blockchain, which uses bitcoin as its unit of account .
From personal experience I have found out not to read too much about it. When I decided to switch from paypal to bitcoin I tried reading up everything I could find about mining/nodes/hashes etc but it only made things more confusing than it actually is. The thing to remember is that bitcoin is a currency and like any other currency, the value can be represented by another currency (or goods). So 1 BTC today might be worth 800+$ and tommorow 8 or even 8000$ (highly unlikely but still you get the idea).
In terms of skins, imagine everyone on the sub really wanted a glock fade. Naturally the price of the glock fades would rise since more and more people are willing to buy them there will always be someone who offers more than the next guy untill some cap is reached. Vice versa devalueing the glock fade can also happen. If Valve releases a new sick glock the value of the fades will decline since everyone will sell theirs and stock up on the new glocks. Okay now what?
Now we need a place to store our bitcoins we will recieve/spend in the future. The place you store it isn't a bank account but a so called wallet. There are two types of wallets that I know, hardware and software wallets. Hardware wallets are physical wallets (like usb-dongles or cards) since I have no experience with them I won't try to recommend one. There are 2 types of software wallets (again to my knowledge maybe there are more?) so called online-and offline wallets. Since I have a minimum experience with offline wallets (I only know downloading the blockchain takes ages) I also won't discuss that in this guide. Online wallets.
Online wallets are wallets that are stored by a company. The great advantages are that they don't require you to download the entire blockchain (last I've read it's somewhere ~100GB in size ) and is super user friendly. Some websites that offer the online wallet services are: www.blockchain.info www.bitgo.com
. Setting up your wallet.
Most of these website work in a similar fashion when you want to set up your wallet. As an example I will show you how to set up your wallet using blockchain.info (no I`m not sponsored by them, would be dope af though :) ). When you first open up the webpage you will see: http://prntscr.com/dm6034
To create a wallet click on the tab which says 'Wallet' (indicated by a red arrow in the screenshot above) and you will be directed to a new page: http://prntscr.com/dm60hj
After clicking on 'Create A Free Bitcoin Wallet' (indicated by a red arrow in the screenshot above) you will be redirected to a page where you need to fill in some information incase you lose your password. http://prntscr.com/dm618o
It is adviced to use a strong password since it is a place where you store your bitcoin/money. Protip: don't store your password on your computer, write it on a piece of paper and store it somewhere where you keep your other important stuff. 'But Ozzy what happens if I download a keylogger on accident?' No worries we will enable 2FA in a moment.
By now you should have recieved an e-mail from blockchain providing you with your wallet-ID. This ia string of numbers and letters. As a safety measure (if you lose your e-mail PW or w/e) write your wallet-ID also on a piece of paper and store it somewhere safe.
After you fill in your wallet-id (happens automatically) and your password you will see the following message (indicated by a red arrow) http://prntscr.com/dm66uz
This is a safety measure of blockchain where they provide you with an e-mail with an authorisation link if you don't click this link on your e-mail you can't acces your wallet. After you click the authorisation link you can close the page where you clicked on the link and return back to your original log in page. There you will see that you are authorised to acces the wallet.
After you have logged in you will be greeted with the main page of your wallet, head on over to the security center to enable 2FA straight away. Your fresh wallet won't have any transactions obviously :) http://prntscr.com/dm6aue
At the security center you can enable stuff like, e-mail verification, phone verification, 2FA etc. Phone verification let's you download the blockchain app to your phone and link it with your wallet so you can 'spend BTC on the go'. 2FA is simply put an extra verification app you download (like google authenticator) which adds an extra layer of security on your wallet. Acquiring bitcoin:
There are a number of ways on which you can acquire bitcoin. Selling stuff for bitcoin, buying it from people (ie localbitcoins.org) or buying from companies (ie blockchain.info). I only have experience with Dutch companies since Dutch law takes internet scamming very seriously I have never bothered with buying bitcoins from individuals. Sending bitcoin:
If you want to send bitcoins for goods/services there are 2 things to know. First the wallet address of the person you send it to (I`ll be using a friend's address) and how much bitcoin you need to send. To look up the current conversion rate (BTC/USD) you can use external sites like preev.com or you can use blockchain's handy converter built into the send page. Click and paste the wallet address to which you want to send bitcoin to (be sure to double/triple check it) and the ammount of bitcoin or USD you want to send http://prntscr.com/dm6t1r
After you have pressed 'Next step' you will see another confirmation page where you see a summary of how much btc you send to which address and a transaction fee (used for confirmations) http://prntscr.com/dm6tmx
After your confirmation your transaction will show up on the 'Transactions' tab. When you press the dropdown arrow you will see the ammount of confirmations your transaction has. Since I just sent my bitcoin the transaction isn't confirmed by the blockchain yet. Without checking the confirmations you can have a false sense of security (bitcoin transactions can't be charged backed right?) that the bitcoins are in your wallet. This type of scam is called 'double spending' to read on the dangers of this read the post of u/JackBauerCSGO
. So wait for a minimum of 1 confirmation before trusting the fact that you indeed have the bitcoins. Recieving bitcoin:
Head over to your 'HOME' page again and click 'Recieve' to find out what your bitcoin wallet address is. http://prnt.sc/dm6cjg
You can see that mine is 1BJQKMCe6zcAFut5fwc4GM49uNf7aH8cQf (note: this is NOT the same as your wallet ID!). This address unique and connected to my wallet only (basically is my wallet). If I were to recieve bitcoin from someone I would link him those letters/numbers to let him know to which address he needs to send the bitcoin. On the right you can see the QR-code of my wallet, if I were to recieve bitcoin from someone who has a bitcoin app I could simply send him that QR-code to let the app know where to send the bitcoin to instead of the numbers/letters.
That is bascially all you need to know to get in to bitcoin trading.
Your next step in to actuall trading is finding someone who sells skins/keys for bitcoin agreeing on a BTC price and setting up the trade (small note: please don't forget to double check their steamrep/cashrep.)
Note: I am in no way shape or form a bitcoin expert, just a globaloffensivetrade
user who has dealt with bitcoin for the past year or two. If you have questions feel free to post them and I`ll do my best to answer it.
edit: edited a word
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