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[–] Imperator 0 points 164 points (+164|-0) ago  (edited ago)

IIRC their pay pal got frozen so I guess that is probably the reason why they only accept cryptocurrency now.

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[–] woofcat 0 points 58 points (+58|-0) ago 

This is the answer. Using these platforms would be evading the lock paypal implementated risking the thousands in donations already made.

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[–] Krankite 1 points 33 points (+34|-1) ago 

Acqusations of hosting illegal content. While I don't doubt the were founded I also feel there was done pressure placed on PayPal as Reddit/facebook and many other websites regularly deal with having illegal content but are allowed to correct out before having their financing cut off.

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[–] eeevan 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

But... How is using a cryptocurrency NOT evading the lock?

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[–] djhyde 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Would that apply to Google Wallet, Braintree, or another payment gateway as well?

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[–] Kanooget 0 points 48 points (+48|-0) ago 

What is the best/easiest way for non-bitcoin users to donate with bitcoin?

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[–] veo 0 points 93 points (+93|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I made an explanation here

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[–] dancemonkey 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Upvoated because I'd also like to know.

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[–] Bittitibit 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

If you are in the US, just use www.circle.com or www.coinbase.com. Their interface makes it very, very simple. If you know how to send US dollars via paypal.com, you know how to send bitcoin via coinbase.com or circle.com. I know it's intimidating, but it's actually pretty simple.

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[–] eragmus 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

LibertyX (https://libertyx.com) requires almost no extra work, or wait time.

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[–] danyquinn 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

Why was it frozen?

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[–] simplerdayz 0 points 56 points (+56|-0) ago 

hosting obscene content... which is laughable because Reddit does the same with GW and they use PayPal for Gold.

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[–] Freakazoid 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Someone, not going to name the group but you can google it or search on the site but they had paypal freeze the account for hosting CP on one of the subs that was created in the early days. They ended up banning these subs and explained why. It wasn't too long ago either. Maybe a few weeks.

Edit: Found the link

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[–] GeneralBoobington 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

wait, seriously? did they run out of shit to do on reddit? ugh.

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[–] nosliwhtes 0 points 52 points (+52|-0) ago  (edited ago)

If you're American, Circle is very easy and straight forward way to get into bitcoin. Give it a go.

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[–] LJ6782 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

Sorry to bother, but is Circle more user friendly than Coinbase in your opinion? Is Coinbase more popular simply because it handles more countries? I've read some scheme-y thing about Coinbase withholding exchanges during times of rapid change in rates.

I've been researching and can't decide which one to use. I'm sure "to each his own", but I'm sure there is ONE factor out there that will sway me!

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[–] nosliwhtes 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

Yes, Circle is both more streamlined and user-friendly to use. Their goal is to make it more "paypal like" in the sense that you can look at you stored bitcoin in values of American Dollars. You can send others money "dollars" without worry about your account being frozen.

Once you get the hang of Circle, I recommend downloading Mycelium wallet. I buy bitcoins from Circle and then transfer them to my Mycelium address so that no one can control my money but me. It's great!

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[–] tomhaverford 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Yup, Circle rocks! Fees are high but it's great for some scenarios where you really need BTC now and you don't want to hassle with finding a seller or dealing with an exchange.

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[–] nosliwhtes 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It's also cool if you get paid in bitcoin from somewhere else and transfer it to Circle for withdrawals into cash. It's always higher valued.

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[–] lordgenome [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Thanks dude, I'm going to try it out!

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[–] nosliwhtes 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

No problem!

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[–] PeacePropaganda 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I have the Android app for Circle. It's great. Broke my phone, got a new one, downloaded the app, and it still had all my financial info. Perfect.

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[–] DiggToRedditToVoat 0 points 20 points (+20|-0) ago 

Its a shame their paypal got shutdown not too long ago. It illustrates the problem with having a near monopoly like paypal does.

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[–] Acharvak 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It illustrates the problem with having a near monopoly like paypal does.

I don't think it's a problem with Paypal's monopoly. If voat.co accepted donations through at least one other credit card processor, but people wanted to use Paypal and nothing else, this would be a problem with monopoly. But currently the only problem is that the admins don't have time to add any other payment methods.

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[–] wompzzz 0 points 20 points (+20|-0) ago 

With bitcoin being their go-to, can someone explain how to use bitcoin.

Thanks.

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[–] A_Clever_User_Name 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

I don't know how much help I can be as I'm new to it also, but I was referred to /v/bitcoin and their sidebar has some useful information. I'd recommend reading this first. Also, I signed up at Coinbase for my wallet and it was a fairly simple process.

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[–] xnrand 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

That's a lot to explain because the topic is huge, but there are good websites with great introductions, such as bitcoinhelp.net.

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[–] Brendanhow 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I just got done setting up a coinbase, and it was very very easy. I just bought some bitcoin through them using my bank account, but it says it won't be in my account until Friday. Does this sound right to everyone else?

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[–] Im_Dorothy_Harris 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I just signed up with them and it won't be available until Monday.

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[–] Regina 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

Count me as one of those people!

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[–] lordgenome [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Since I posted about it there have been a lot of helpful comments on how to get into Bitcoin.

I've always been interested in it, maybe I'll actually give it a shot now.

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[–] Regina 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Ok, that wasn't so bad. :-)

Mission success!

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[–] sparksfly 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

If you are in the US, Circle.com or Coinbase.com are the best ways to get bitcoin easily.

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[–] A_Clever_User_Name 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

What about it seems intimidating? I'm in the process of setting up an account now, waiting on deposits to confirm my bank account, but nothing seemed particularly devious to me.

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[–] Heinrich_Himmler 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I tried to use Bitcoin once and the hardest part is downloading the blockchain. I gave up after 2 days.

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[–] ericools 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

You don't need to run a full node to use it. There are many wallets out there that don't require downloading the blockchain. For casual use I would just download one of the many phone apps. Then all you have to do to use it is scan a qr code with your phone.

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[–] blockchainlurker 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Use a partially online wallet like blockchian.info provides. No need to download the blockchain. There are also lightweight clients you can download as well that don't download the entire blockchain.

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[–] Hilarious 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

coinbase.com buy bitcoin send bitcoin

It's really straightforward.

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[–] Invisible32 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I don't think it's that it is devious, but it's definitely understandable for people to not want to go have to learn a new way of using money if they have no experience with cryptocurrency.

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[–] Alatain 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

They have to learn how to navigate paypal for certain things. This is really no different. If you use it for simple, small transactions, there is little risk and it is pretty much as simple as setting up a paypal account. The hardest part, if you go with coinbase, is getting your bank account connected. Not really difficult to do that even.

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[–] Mongolera 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

If you want to buy a hitman, you are probably better of paying in cash. DreadPirateRoberts found out that bitcoin powered hitman are not too reliable.

But yes, bitcoin is used for illegal things, as are all currencies. But it is also used for micro payments and buying privacy tools.

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[–] DarthYoda 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

just download an app, mycelium for anroid phone or breadwallet for iOS. now you can use bitcoin. It is very simple to use.

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[–] Hilarious 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

coinbase.com

It's as easy as paypal. Buy bitcoin, then send it.

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