At one point TangibleCryptography offered direct sales of Bitcoins in exchange to USD wire transfer, at competitive rates.
Is there a list of active trusted companies that offer this service?
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If you have an US bank account maybe Coinbase is something for you.
In The Netherlands: https://bitonic.nl
They charge quite a fee, but are easy and quick. iDeal (direct bank transfer) supported. I used them once and got my bitcoins in a few minutes.