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What happens if I buy Bitcoins and the price goes down?

If you bought a bar of gold at $1200 / ounce, then the price of the gold drops to $600 / ounce, you wouldn't actually lose any money at all unless you decided to sell your gold at that time. However, ...
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What happens if I buy Bitcoins and the price goes down?

If you bought one bitcoin and the price goes down, you still have one bitcoin. If the price goes up...still one bitcoin. This is just like everything else, including groceries, gasoline, gold, stock ...
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How to answer to whether Bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme?

The Scenario is confused, because it assumes that there is only one side to a trade. The scenario assumes that the money goes "into the Bitcoin economy" when people buy bitcoins. This is ...
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What happens if I buy Bitcoins and the price goes down?

tl;dr- This is called a capital loss. You're said to realize the capital loss if you sell the Bitcoins at the lower price, such that you lost money due to having bought/sold them. However, note ...
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Is money that has gone into bitcoin already spent?

As @RedGrittyBrick says, change the word "bitcoin" to "euros" and see if that helps you. All currencies work this way, not just cryptos: Is money that has gone into euros already ...
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What happens if I buy Bitcoins and the price goes down?

The answer is not unique to bitcoin. It would be the same if you're dealing with (non-crypto) foreign currency, stock, a stock derivative or commodity or commodity futures. When you buy something ...
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How to answer to whether Bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme?

Bitcoins are no different from any other commodity in this regard. We say that the price of a car is $45,000, but that doesn't guarantee that you can sell one for $45,000 unless you can find someone ...
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What happens if I buy Bitcoins and the price goes down?

Yes, you lose a quantity of your money, at the time you gave it away in exchange for the bitcoin you received. Subsequent changes in the exchange rate only vary the hypothetical value of what you ...
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How to answer to whether Bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme?

A Ponzi scheme is characterised as follows (this is according to Wikipedia, rather than for example the US Department of Justice, which would focus more on the criminal culpability in its definition): ...
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Does the value of my Bitcoin fluctuate automatically?

Whether it fluctuates or not depends on how you express value. If you happen to be one of them American folks, who use dollars to express value, then a fixed amount of money in other currencies (such ...
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What Bitcoin exchange is the real bitcoin value?

There is no such thing as a the "real" value. The value of Bitcoin as denoted in another currency (USD, EUR, etc...) is based on how many people are buying and selling, and in what quantities. On ...
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Can the dollar value of a transaction be different at different times?

Amounts in a Bitcoin transaction are set in bitcoin. That is, if you want to receive $5, when the current bitcoin price is $234.97/bitcoin, then you might make a request for 0.0212 bitcoin inside the ...
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If cryptocurrencies have no intrinsic value, how do they originate?

You seem to have a misunderstanding: anyone could create an infinite quantity of their own cryptocurrency right now This is not accurate. The breakthrough that enabled Bitcoin (and other ...
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Where to find logarithmic graph of Bitcoin over time?

not sure what you mean by logarithmic graph. The time in a logarithmic scale, or the value? On both, there is a "log" button below the graph. And you can export as CSV or JSON: https://blockchain....
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Get simple BTC value to insert it in excel sheet

Here is the link. Just insert this into your excel file =IMPORTXML("http://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/bitcoin/","//span[@id='quote_price']")
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How does Bitcoin have an intrinsic value?

Talking about intrinsic value is always a difficult discussion. What gives Gold or really anything intrinsic value? It is of limited quantity. Bitcoin also has a limit to the total amount in ...
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What value does bitcoin add to the world?

If you see bitcoin as a currency, mining is issuing new bitcoins. It is analogous to a central bank issuing (or printing) new currency. What product is produced for the world? Mining for coal ...
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Do you think a wallet could have value

No. The point of mnemonic seeds is to provide a human readable encoding for wallet backups. To work as intended, they need to be unique and secret. Beyond that, anyone can just pick words from the ...
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To be blunt bought bitcoin in 2009 at 25 cents have not touched it

Spending Bitcoins requires the knowledge of the private key corresponding to the address holding the funds. These keys are managed by each user individually. Without the key, the coins are rendered ...
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In India how does one accept or give Bitcoin? Do we also get a physical coin for a Bitcoin?

I would go to localbitcoins.com open an account and find a trusted seller with a reputation of 100% and 100plus customers to buy them from a local agent. Be smart about the price of the agent vrs ...
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How to answer to whether Bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme?

In addition to everything else already said, there is another false assumption here. If Bitcoin started today, there would not be any bitcoins yet that you could buy. So the first ten users cannot ...
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How to answer to whether Bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme?

The next day, the price of a Bitcoin doubles and goes to $200 per coin. Now again hypothetically, let's say ALL 10 of these people want to sell their Bitcoin and cash out. The math now says $2000 will ...
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Why did Bitcoin first start to gain economic value?

TL;DR: It was not its creator who did that. Bitcoin's economic significance was gained similarly to any other money; but here, it started with pizza... Let me answer by refuting the most persistently ...
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Transaction Duration

It's entirely up to the vendor (and you---you can always refuse to pay). BitPay used to require payment within 10 minutes; recently they increased that to within 15 minutes. I don't know what ...
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How would Bitcoin's purchasing power be measured after fiat were gone?

It's typical to measure the purchasing power of currencies using something like the Consumer Price Index, so this is probably would be used if Bitcoin were to become a dominant currency. Basically, ...
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How would Bitcoin's purchasing power be measured after fiat were gone?

There is now a BitcoinPPI (Bitcoin purchasing power index) available: http://bitcoinppi.com/ It uses the BigMac index published by The Economist and calculates a global weighted index and a local ...
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Why is Bitcoin gaining value while so many other cryptocurrencies are not?

There is this classic bootstrapping problem. To make a successful cryptocurrency it needs: Miners (so that it's secure) Users (to attract miners, users also want it to be secure) Value (to attract ...
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Would free energy cause a market collapse?

Although this question might be "too broad" or "off-topic", I'll give you an answer and it's no. By removing the cost of electricity, hardware expenditure becomes the ceiling for hashrates. Surely ...
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What are the additional benefits of having a blockchain behind a web service?

It has a blockchain behind it for one reason only: buzzword compliance.
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Who decides the price of bitcoin?

Prices are set by the market, meaning that every individual decides what they will buy/sell their own bitcoin for, and the generally accepted price is an aggregate of all the individual prices. If a ...
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