Buy bitcoin near you
“How can I buy bitcoin near me?” is a very common question for beginners just starting out on their Bitcoin journey.
You can buy bitcoin in just about every major city in the world by using the fantastic LocalBitcoins service.
It’s free to sign-up, and once you’re a member you will be able to find local people in your area who want to sell you bitcoins. Remember, you can buy a fraction of a bitcoin – you do not need to buy a whole bitcoin (which is a good thing as each coin is now worth thousands).
LocalBitcoins is one of the earliest and most established websites for buying bitcoin. If you’re looking for somewhere to sell your bitcoin, then LocalBitcoins is great for that too. It was founded way back in 2012 and has since grown organically without any external venture capital, due to its own merit. Whether you want to trade online or person-to-person, there’s an option for you.
Be very careful when buying bitcoin that you are actually buying the original bitcoin and not one of the many copycat “alt-coin” variants that masquerade as the real thing.
As the value of Bitcoin grows, it is becoming more attractive to scammers and corporations who attempt to weazle their way in and get a piece of the action, and in some cases even to make a power-grab for the Bitcoin brand to control it in a more centralised and less favourable way for ordinary users wishing to hold bitcoin. Bitcoin was always envisaged to be a decentralised network and centralisation would be a bad thing that reduces security. The vast majority of the Bitcoin community follow and support Bitcoin denoted by the symbol BTC, although some more devious exchanges and websites may even list a copycat coin with the BTC ticker symbol and identical logo in an attempt to fool you.
You will often see these wannabe Bitcoin variants purporting to be “the real Bitcoin”. The majority of bitcoin users and developers constantly improving and securing the Bitcoin network work on https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin and https://bitcoin.org. Be wary of other sites with Bitcoin in the name or website domain that may, at first glance, appear to be legitimate, when they are in fact a copycat alt-coin.
LocalBitcoins have publicly stated that they will not support any previous or future off-shoots, as described on their blog page, so you can be sure that you will be buying the real bitcoin.