What is the best way to purchase Bitcoins quickly? I don't want to wait a month.
On LocalBitcoins.com you can get bitcoins bought under one hour. Just pick a trader who has good reputation (not a scammer) and low response times.
I recommend Coinbase. That's how I got my first 10 coins.
When I wanted to get my first coins I was already registered on Gox but wasn't sure how long international transfers would take.
I signed up with them and did the bank deposit verification method. I believe I verified the next day and bought 10 coins. I got the coins immediately but for anti-fraud measures I couldn't spend them for a few days (looks like on 8/20 the wait is 4 business days)
After being more trusted the buy limit goes up and your coins are available immediately.
If you live in the Netherlands, you can use bitonic.nl to purchase Bitcoins via iDEAL. You get them in a few minutes.
If you're in the UK then check out https://bit121.co.uk as they are a legitimate exchange with UK based banking. Most bank transfers within the UK are usually instant and you don't have to pay the higher fees when dealing with foreign banks.
Bitcoin is definitely in its infancy. I have bank accounts all over the world in USD, GBP, and CHF. I have accounts on Coinbase, BTC-e, CampBX, Mt. Gox, Bitstamp, LocalBitcoins, and others.
Yet, it is next to impossible to move fiat currency to these exchanges. In fact, I have only ever been able to buy bitcoins on Localbitcoins, thanks to the immediate transfer facility in the U.K. banking system.
For people who want to buy in USD, which is where the major exchange volumes are, there has not been a way to transfer USD to an exchange without a currency exchange, bank and exchange fees, and a long wait.
CampBX is adding ACH transfer on November 20.
Coinbase not only requires all bank and credit cards to be based in the U.S., they also require the holder to be based in the U.S. This essentially restricts Coinbase to the 4% of the world that lives in the U.S.
It is frustrating watching the volatile price action and being unable to trade because I can't get fiat to the exchanges.