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Hi I'm looking into getting some bitcoins, and was wondering if buying locally from someone on localbitcoins.com would be safe.

Has anyone had any experience with that?

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It's a reputable website, but it's really up to the person you are buying from.

Do your research, choose a person with good reputation, make sure you understand how the escrow system works, and under no circumstances release escrow early.

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Depends on the people you meet with. Dangers range from getting mugged to ending up with fake bills, as in this story:

http://letstalkbitcoin.com/e50-moneys-we-believe-in/#.UngBC8PXt2U

Haven't tried it myself yet, but from what I hear it's generally a good way to trade bitcoins. Just be extra careful.

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