In this day and age when bitcoin is booming one would expect that it should be relatively easy to get your hands on some bitcoins, right? Wrong. The more popular this awesome crypto becomes the harder it seems for a first time user. It’s all well and good if you are a tech-savvy crypto nerd but what about when you’re just getting into it?
How to buy bitcoin if you’re in a hurry?
The largest and most popular places to buy bitcoins are exchanges. This is all good when you’ve set your account up and got verified already. They will ask you for your id, utility bills and possibly some more means of verification. Now as the demand for Bitcoin has gone up the verification process on exchanges is overwhelmed. It can take days or even weeks in some cases. Not so good when you need to buy bitcoin fast. If you haven’t verified your account, getting coins with a credit or debit card is not possible.
As bitcoin prices fluctuate a lot, by the time that you’ve got your account verified the price might already not be the one you were looking to buy at.
What if you don’t want to buy using a credit card? What if you haven’t got one and have no way of obtaining it? When bitcoin arrived it promised very fast and free transactions all over the world, for everyone. This would truly be the case, if everyone had Bitcoin. Yet it seems that as time goes on it is taking a lot longer and you need to jump through more hoops to get your first pieces of the digital currency Bitcoin.
Solving a Problem
Two friends Artur and Ray started to buy and sell bitcoin online to make ends meet, they soon realised that there were all sorts of issues along the way. The deeper they looked into it they realised there was even a bigger problem for a vast amount of people. More than 2.5 billion people right now all over the world have no access to financial services. Not because they have decided to not use the banks. They have restraints due to their credit rating, the part of the world they were born in or their income.
Thanks to their programming skills they were able to create Paxful, a Bitcoin marketplace. This is a place where people can meet and exchange all sorts of payments for bitcoin. Basically like Ebay for online payments. You can exchange gift cards, online transfers, cash, or via card payments.
Paxful was founded in 2015 and is based in the hottest startup capital of Europe – Tallinn.
Currently with a userbase of 700 000 and growing fast, Paxful connects 50 000 people every single day. The weekly volume has doubled compared to the beginning of 2017 and is hitting over $5 million on a regular basis.
From talking to their users and gathering feedback they realized that people aren’t doing this to make a profit or for investing in Bitcoin. They are people that had no other way of buying stuff online. Some cases came up that they’d not even thought of. People in Nigeria for example, trying to buy an iPhone online but due to the restrictions from their banks were limited to only very small amounts. To solve this issue, they purchase gift cards with cash, turn them into Bitcoin on Paxful and then find someone that turns the coins into Alipay for example. Give people the tools and they will find a solution.
Bitcoin – the problem solver
Everyone should have a way to pay. There are so many awesome things you can do and buy on the internet, that many people can only dream of. That is just not right. Yes, it might be something that in the grand scheme of things that may seem unimportant, like wanting that iPhone. It may also be something a lot deeper that can save lives, like sending money to relatives at an area of conflict.
Bitcoin allows us to do this, and there should be no restrictions. People from all over the world with different stories and situations can meet and exchange values with one another.
You may quickly need bitcoin to pay for the things your bank won’t let you.
No authority should have the right to restrict people from using their hard earned money.
It may just be the need to make some use of the gift cards people got from someone that are now gathering dust in a drawer (sorry, grandma). Almost any payment option is available to convert to bitcoin on Paxful and vice versa.
ICO’s have become the next big thing and everyone wants in on it. People that are already familiar with Bitcoin are also looking at other altcoins. Ethereum has paved the way for crowd sales and some remarkable things are being created at a vast speed. Even though Paxful was originally created as a marketplace for Bitcoin, people are now creating offers to buy altcoins like Ethereum on the platform. Development is now in process to allow people to do that better.
Altcoins and tokens are now too slowly but steadily going mainstream and the Paxful team is finding ways to introduce these to the crypto first timers.
PAXFUL EXTENDS THE FINANCIAL DEMOCRACY OF A DECENTRALIZED CURRENCY LIKE BITCOIN BY CREATING A PEER TO PEER MARKETPLACE ESPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR ON-BOARDING NEW BUYERS. SOME PEOPLE CALL IT THE “PEOPLE’S WALLSTREET”.— RAY YOUSSEF