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I am new to Bitcoin. So, I downloaded the Windows Bitcoins software from the official website and used the "request bitcoins" option to request bitcoins from my exchanger.

My exchanger charged me $20 and told me he will send me bitcoins corresponding to $20. But even after 18-20 hours I didn't receive any bitcoins.

Additionally, the Bitcoin software is showing synchronizing with network : x years xx weeks remaining.

What should I do? Should I wait for the synchronizing to complete or file a complaint against exchanger?

marked as duplicate by Murch Aug 20 '15 at 12:30

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Yes, wait for it to finish synchronizing. You will not see your coins until it finishes.

(Note that the time shown is not the estimated time until completion; it represents the age of the old transactions currently being downloaded. Depending on the speed of your computer and internet connection, you can expect it to finish in a few hours to a few days.)

In the meantime, you can enter your address in a "block explorer" site like http://blockchain.info to check whether the seller made the transaction as agreed. (This is safe; your address alone cannot be used to steal your coins.)

If you don't want to download the entire block chain, you can use a different client such as Multibit, but you will have to import your wallet.dat from Bitcoin Core into your new client software. Its documentation should explain how to do that.

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