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How do you obtain bitcoins?

This is a question many people ask when they're introduced to Bitcoin. Bitcoin sounds interesting, but if I want to use this system I will need to get some coins, otherwise, there's no way I can ...
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Why don't people buy at one exchange and sell at another?

Bitcoinity.org shows that for the past 30 days, bitstamp's price is high at 101.00, low at 77.00, and current price is 98.04. On contrast, mtgox's price for the past 30 days is high at 115.00, low at ...
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Does hoarding really hurt Bitcoin?

Some people believe that hoarding hurts the Bitcoin economy. But are they really right? As long as corresponding goods vendors and services will be here to stay and reinforce people's faith in ...
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Are there any open-source trading bots out there?

Has anyone published an open-source trading bot that runs on a Bitcoin exchange?
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How can one find how much “room for arbitrage” is there in the Bitcoin market?

I don't know what's the mathematical/economical definition, but I would define "room for arbitrage" as the amount of money that can be extracted from the market by doing arbitrage (between the ...
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What would it take to create my own Bitcoin exchange?

I'm looking into creating a Bitcoin / crypto currency trading platform (say, like Tradeking), as I've noticed there are a few sites out there already, except they all have pretty hefty fees. So, to ...
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Can I use bitcoin as a means of bypassing Argentine Dollar restrictions?

I am planning on doing some small-time buying/selling with a friend who is in the States. I am in Argentina and I do not have a way of reimbursing him in Dollars for products that he buys, sends to me,...
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Is it true that Paypal banned Bitcoins, while Google Checkout did not (yet)?

Paypal claimed they were not allowed to sell Bitcoins, while currently it seems Google Checkout is a viable option. So ... what's the story on this? Is this true, and if so does anyone know why?
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Is there a historical timeseries of market depth & transactions available?

Has anyone stored the historical market depth & tick data from MtGox? Is it available publically? Would be useful if you were making a bot.
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Anyone know of an API I can get historical price time series for multiple coins

I'd like to build some historical price charts, to use in my cryptocoin portfolio tracking app, using time series data (with HighCharts js). Anyone know of an API that provides this price data, ...
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Bitcoin market hours (open/close prices)

If Bitcoin trading never stops then what does it mean when news sites and others talk about bitcoin opening or closing at a certain price, and why is this terminology used? Could two people mean ...
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Is it possible to buy or sell Bitcoin options?

Like put and call options for a stock, but for the future price of Bitcoin?
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What happens if I buy Bitcoins and the price goes down?

What happens if I buy Bitcoins and the price goes down. Will I lose a quantity of my money? Consider:
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Why shouldn't I accept PayPal when trading bitcoin?

I've heard that it's not a good idea to accept PayPal payments in exchange for Bitcoin. Why?
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How exactly does short selling with Bitcoins work?

Bitcoinica does (or did) offer short selling, but the question is how? If I fund my account with 100 BTC and I want to short BTC, can I do that, or do I need USD to do that?
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Is there a forum-like exchange for trading Bitcoins person-to-person?

I was to trade Bitcoins for PayPal quite frequently and I know that PayPal doesn't allow Bitcoin exchanges to accept PayPal payments. But there should exist a person-to-person trading site that works ...
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How do exchanges decide on cryptocurrency trading pairs?

Cryptocurrency trading pairs for example ltc/btc, doge/btc should be paired using some criteria. I'd like to comprehend on what basis they are paired.
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Getting GBP back from Bitcoin?

I have a handful of BTC that thanks to the recent interest are now worth me trying to get back into GBP that I can spend. I've done a little research, but the only methods of converting my BTC into ...
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How do buy and sell orders work?

How does buying and selling bitcoins work once the order is placed? I just know that the order-matching engine is used for this purpose, but more information regarding this will be helpful.
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Which exchanges offer stop-loss functionality?

In case of a sudden price drop, I want to sell my coins automatically. MtGox doesn't have an option for this, which exchanges do?
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Can I buy stocks with Bitcoin? [closed]

I have got some USD balance with a Bitcoin exchange. I intend to buy stocks for these USDs. Is there an online broker that accepts Bitcoin as a deposit option for stock market trading? I mean the ...
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Historical transaction/trade ratio. Available? Useful?

Blockchain.info lists both "Trade Volume" and "Estimated Transaction Volume" in both BTC and USD. It occurred to me that the ratio of one to the other might be a useful metric in determining how much ...
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How does one use Bitcoin OTC?

I've heard of Bitcoin OTC and P2P exchanges, but never used one. How does one start? What does the ranking/rating system mean? How are exchanges done / reported? Why can't I see any user rating when ...
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Do any ETFs purchase Bitcoins? Is that scenario possible?

Is there any ETF that allows for the purchase of Bitcoins? Is this possible? More info... An ETF is like a stock that is publicly traded on the stock market, and it can represent: A collection ...
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Transferring Bitcoins from Wallet to Wallet

Say I buy a Bitcoin from a specific market, like BTC-e, and it goes into my wallet. Is it possible for me to transfer that Bitcoin from its current wallet (BTC-e) into a wallet that I have on another ...
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What is the superscript number in Bitcoinica prices?

Since Bitcoinica has been released I've been reading a bit about Forex. But i don't know what the superscript number refers to in the price quotes on the front page. How is this number calculated and ...
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Does the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission govern Bitcoin?

Do SEC regulations apply to: Exchange of Bitcoin for US dollars Investing in companies with Bitcoin An exchange that sells shares of company stock for Bitcoin Bitcoin futures contracts
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It is possible to build a P2P system to trade Bitcoins?

It is possible to build a peer-to-peer (similar to BitTorrent) system to trade Bitcoins? Well, the discussion pointed in the 1st answer is very similar to what I have in mind. But, I have some sub-...
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How do I buy Bitcoins safely face-to-face?

I've made a contact via LocalBitcoins.com and am going to buy some coins with cash. The seller is not verified, but as we will meet, it sounds ok: I show him the cash. He transfers the Bitcoins. We ...
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Why does the Bitcoin conversion rate change wildly?

I don't understand why the conversion rate for bitcoin changes wildly. Why does it?
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Trading between different cryptocoins

Is there a website that allows one to trade multiple different cryptocoins (Bitcoins, Namecoins, SolidCoins, RuCoins, LiteCoins, etc) all in one place?
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How do MtGox redeemable codes work?

At MtGox (and presumably some other sites), you can withdraw money in the form of a redeemable code. These codes are also accepted for deposit at some Bitcoin exchanges. How does this work? ...
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Is there a correlation between Technical Analysis predictions and actual prices?

Technical Analysis is a disputed method for "predicting" future prices. This blog has been offering technical analysis on Bitcoin for quite some time (AFAIK it's the only one). Has there been any ...
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Can I CPU mine other coins to win Bitcoins?

I have a useless Nvidia, until now, unconfigurable to mine (7300) So, if I mine just with CPU, can I get more coins mining others coins like NMC,LQC,LTC,SC, or whatever, and trading after for BTCs?
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Is Ripple's trade history recorded?

Currently there isn't a graph of the ripple trade values. I'd like to know if each trade is recorded in the Ripple's equivalent of the blockchain, so that if in future someone wants to build such ...
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Should earnings in Bitcoin converter to a traditional currency be treated as trading-income or non-trading income for tax purposes?

Should earnings in Bitcoin converter to a traditional currency be treated as trading income or non-trading income for tax purposes (for example, in Ireland)? Reason for them being considered trading ...
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Ways to monitoring BTC trading profit and loss?

Does anyone have recommendations when it comes to monitoring BTC trading profit and loss? I find it confusing when taking into account the transaction fee the exchanges impose (ie- GDAX). I use ...
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What is BTC-E CODE?

In the "Finances" tab on https://btc-e.com/ you can enter your BTC-E Code there. What is this about?
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Is there any desktop notifier application for bitcoin prices?

There's a nice C2DM push based notifier for android but I'd like to know if there is one for the desktop environment, ideally linux? Does anyone know if one exists?
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What happens if an exchange's order book has only Market Orders [closed]

If a bitcoin exchange offers Market Orders, let's suppose there are X buy orders at market price, and Y sell orders at market price (no limit orders): How are these matched and at what price, since ...
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How does Ripple decide which offer to fulfil if they offer the same rate?

If two offers have the same exchange rate, how does Ripple decide which one to fulfil first?
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Can bitcoins be bought wholesale?

What options are available to purchase bitcoins in bulk (e.g. a buy in the range of ten thousand dollars or more) without having to mess around with a market exchange? How can it be determined if the ...
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How is “engine lag” on Mt Gox calculated?

When looking at external API-driven charts of Mt Gox trades, there is a "Trading engine lag" shown, which shows the backlog of orders queued and waiting-to-be-executed, relative to the present time: (...
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What's the best way for someone in Israel to move money in and out of Mt. Gox and/or Tradehill?

There is an Israeli bitcoin exchange (BitCoil), but it has been closed some time before and it doesn't currently support limit orders. I want to understand what's the best way, without using BitCoil, ...
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How Does trading on the Exchanges Work?

Pardon my Ignorance but can somebody explain the basics Of how trading (Bid Buy/Bid Sell) works of the common exchanges www.mtgox.com www.btc-e.com Aslo some of the common ways people or ...
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What is the reputation of bitfloor?

It seems that bitfloor is a well designed trading platform, and a competitor to MtGox. However, the trading volume is low. How long has bitfloor been in business? Have there been any negative ...
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What is the purpose of XBTEUR.d tradable pair?

On Kraken exchange fee page are listed tradable pairs. Some of them come with an extra suffix *.d, e.g. there are listed fees for together for XBTEUR and XBTEUR.d. What is the purpose of these pairs? ...
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How do you leverage your bitcoins?

I was previously putting my bitcoins into btcjam, but as there are no longer any secured loans I was thinking about moving my bitcoins into something else that will generate some profit over time ...
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What's the point of trading BTC if you're limited in the things you can buy

If you're trying to make a profit by trading BTC... fine, I get it. What other reasons are there to trade BTC?
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What is Skrill's policy on its use in BTC trading?

Is Skrill tolerant of Bitcoin trade using its system? Does it have any kind of history of reversing transactions or suspending accounts involved in Bitcoin trading?