How can I buy Bitcoin via a Credit Card or Paypal?

  • I want to buy some bitcoins. Ideally, I would like to buy them on the MtGox exchange (because the consensus seems to be that this is the most reputable exchange), however I have found the system for transferring USD to MtGox to be very disappointing. I would have liked to be able to add funds with PayPal or directly with a credit card, however both of these are not possible.

    My question has two parts:

    1. Is there an easy way to use a credit card to add USD funds to my MtGox account. Liberty Reserve, Dwolla, and Paxum seem to be the financial institutions of choice for MtGox and the rest of the exchanges. Is any of these simple to fund using a credit card, or are they all basically PayPal analogues (which Paxum seems to be) that require a large amount of setup?
    2. If it is not possible for MtGox, is there another, hopefully reputable, exchange that I can use PayPal or a Credit Card to buy bitcoins with?

    You should be able to send money by credit card via Western Union to one of the services supported by one of the bitoin exchanges. It's impractical and the fees will probably be high.

    Read the comments on answers - some things have changed.

  • WirthLuce

    WirthLuce Correct answer

    9 years ago

    I did some more digging on bitcoin.it and answered my own question. According to the FAQ and the list of payment methods, the reason that Paypal and Credit Cards are not accepted is to prevent fraud (by doing a fraudulent charge-back). For this reason, none of the exchanges accept these as forms of payment.

    In short, you cannot (directly) use these to buy bitcoins at exchanges.

    Edit: I did have some luck buying some Bitcoins using Paypal using #bitcoin-otc. It takes a bit of setup and it's a bit more expensive, and you can't buy in significant quantities but it's possible you can find someone willing to sell to unrated users (liked I did).

    This is simply incorrect today speaking from 2018.

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