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1  Economy / Currency exchange / [N] $220 btc [H] PayPal, 1:1 preev rate on: May 28, 2021, 11:18:12 PM
As stated in the title, I need $220 of BTC at preev 1:1.

I will not send first unless you have significant green trust or if I've done business with you before.

This will be a neutral feedback transaction.

Send me a PM if you're willing to help me out, as I might miss seeing this thread if you post here.

Local rule:  Please do not post here unless you're interested in doing this deal.  PayPal is very risky because of the chance of chargebacks, but I have never done this and won't ever.  Also, I won't deal with anyone under Full Member unless they're willing to send first.

Edit:  Deal done with DaveF, all went smoothly.  Locking thread now.
2  Bitcoin / Hardware wallets / Has anyone used the CoolWallet S? on: May 27, 2021, 10:20:40 PM
Presently being bored, I was browsing Amazon and found myself once again in the hardware wallet section.  I came across the CoolWallet S which I think I've seen before, but for some reason it caught my eye this time as being pretty attractive (except for the price).

I did do a search in this section but didn't come across any threads dedicated to it, though I found this one from 2014 that has a variation of the CoolWallet S in it, but no review.  As an aside, it's interesting to see all of those HW wallets listed in the OP, most of which have dead links to their manufacturers' websites.  Kind of makes me wonder if there are any HW wallet collectors out there who have such oddballs as the EliptiBox or eWallet.

Anyway, the Amazon reviews for the CoolWallet S are mostly positive, but I'm always skeptical about online ratings.  That's why I wanted to hear from anyone who owns one of these.  From their F.A.Q. it looks like their code is closed-source, so that's always a negative IMO, but if they've been around for years without any incidents then I'd be more inclined to give them a shot.  Maybe.  Not that I need another hardware wallet, but I've developed an affinity for the "card" type ones (like the Ballet) and will at least put the CoolWallet S on my watch list.  I'd love to hear any info anyone has.
3  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Has anyone thought about a Bitcoin Coinstar machine? on: April 05, 2021, 06:41:05 PM
This just popped into my head today as I was visiting my (semi) local bitcoin ATM after seeing a Coinstar machine at my (truly) local grocery store.  You all know what I'm talking about, right?  These guys:



I've never come across any threads here that have suggested a coin redemption machine might be a good thing to combine with crypto-buying.  Have any of you heard of an idea like that floated around?  I think it'd be fantastic to be able to cash in your change and get crypto in return, and I betcha more people might be inclined to dip their toes into the world of crypto if they could do it this way. 

Any of you think this is a good/bad idea?  I'm certainly no entrepreneur, so there's no way I could create such a thing--nor do I know if Coinstar has a patent on the coin redemption machine thing--but I know there are people with business skills and motivation around these parts who could create such a machine if they wanted to.  I'm just curious as to whether this sounds like something that would gain traction or not.  Bitcoin ATMs seem to be popping up all over the place, so I have to assume that more people are using them.
4  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / The history of bitcoin ATMs is much longer than I thought! on: March 09, 2021, 12:31:16 AM
I took my bicycle out for a very cold 6 mile ride today to visit an ATM in the next town--and, by the way, I had a much better experience than the last couple of times I ventured out to a bitcoin ATM.  The markup wasn't ridiculous and the ATM didn't even require a scan of my driver's license.  It was simple and easy to buy bitcoin at this one and I'm happy I made the trip.

So I searched Bitcoin Discussion for "bitcoin ATM" looking for previous threads I'd posted in, and to my surprise most of the threads that popped up were from the early days of crypto, including this one from 2011.  I'm assuming they weren't around back then, but I don't even recall much discussion of them until 2016 or so--and I guess I assumed it was a relatively new concept.  I was wrong.

If you've never browsed threads/posts on this forum from way back, I highly recommend spending some time doing so because it's fascinating how things from 10 years ago seem ancient now.  I also recommend the Coinflip ATMs (which I used today) based on my admittedly limited experience, because you could do a hell of a lot worse with the other ones which charge you an arm and a leg and want at least some KYC docs.

Happy to hear your thoughts on any of this.
5  Economy / Economics / Inflation creeping into the USPS on: January 27, 2021, 11:21:46 PM
I know eventually someone is going to have to pay for all this stimulus money in addition to all the money being injected into the system via the "printing press" at the Fed.  I've been anticipating inflation shooting up (and/or taxes), and I just noticed that the USPS raised the rates on some of their more expensive services (like Priority mail) and even $0.01 on postage for a post card.  Seems like they've been raising rates quite a bit in the past couple of years, though you might not see it in the standard $0.55 first class mail stamp. 

We're not getting all of this money for free, so expect prices to be rising not just for stamps but probably for a lot of things the various branches of government charge you for.  Think of all the professionals who have to renew their licenses, all the driver's licenses, auto registration, etc.  I don't know if there's any site to track that kind of econometric data, but it would be interesting to see if I'm right.

$8.45 it cost me to mail a small Flat Rate Priority Mail box.  It was $8.30 just a few days ago.  Crazy.
6  Other / Meta / Public request to Theymos for a name change on: January 25, 2021, 02:31:06 AM
Hi Theymos,

I sent you a PM a couple of months ago requesting to change my username, and I did not hear back from you.  Since I don't know if your silence means "no" or not, I'm again humbly requesting my username be changed to The Sceptical Chymist.  I have good, personal reasons for asking for this change, and I'd kindly ask that you consider granting my wish.

Thanks.  No hard feelings if the answer is no.
7  Other / Off-topic / Tax on graphics cards? on: January 19, 2021, 01:54:22 PM
I was curious about a post made by generalt in this thread:

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Keep in mind that video cards might be going up 25% due to the new taxes

I did drop generalt a PM about his comment, but I don't know if he'll respond or not.  Does anyone know what he's talking about?  Is this a new graphics cards tax he's talking about, and if so, is it just a US thing?  I've been educating myself about GPUs lately since my interest in the Folding@Home project has grown, and I just ordered a new GPU from Newegg.

Any input would be helpful; thanks everyone.
8  Economy / Scam Accusations / Calling iluvbitcoins....are you scamming me or what? [Problem solved] on: January 15, 2021, 04:18:14 AM
I fucking hate to start threads like this one, but you know when you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach that you're in the process of getting scammed?  Yeah, well that's what it feels like right now.

I PM'ed iluvbitcoins looking to sell him some bitcoins, as he had a selling thread and I was looking to sell.  He PM'ed me back:

Hi there,

Are you still looking to buy bitcoin?  I have some for sale if you're interested.  Just let me know.

With PayPal?
How much do you want?

This was the next PM from him:
I'm looking for around $150 right now, but if you need any amount of bitcoin less than that let me know.  Thanks for responding!

I can take a 100$ right now.

<btc address snipped>

preev.com rate
Send your PP e-mail.

I replied:
<PP address snipped>

$100 would be 0.0025208BTC at current preev of $39670.  If that's OK with you, send the funds and I'll send the bitcoin.  Thanks!
And then--very stupidly, and I know this so don't remind me--I sent him the bitcoin.  Keep in mind that the above exchange of PMs was around 12 hours ago and I've not heard a word from him since then or received any PayPal funds.

I was even feeling generous:
I sent the bitcoin, a little more than what I quoted you.

I subsequently sent him more PMs as time passed:
Hi,

You still there?
The $100 in bitcoin I sent you has confirmed.  Please send PayPal, thanks.
Whoops--I guess what I sent you didn't confirm yet.  I haven't heard from you yet, but I'll gladly bump the fee to speed things along if you'll just get in touch with me.  Thanks.
Please contact me ASAP regarding the trade we agreed to.  I don't know why I sent the bitcoin first but I did, even though it hasn't confirmed yet.  Thanks.
And as of right now, the bitcoin I sent him has been confirmed on the blockchain.

I'm leaving him a negative trust until this gets straightened out.  There's no reason why he should set up a deal and then just disappear.  It's nerve-racking and inconsiderate at the very least, and who knows if he'll even send me what he owes me?

If this isn't resolved when I wake up in about 9 hours I'll fill out a proper scam accusation form.  
9  Economy / Exchanges / Anyone ever have trouble registering on Bittrex? on: January 11, 2021, 10:35:42 PM
I hate to have to start another thread in the Exchanges section, but for reasons I won't bore the community with I recently tried to create an account on Bittrex, which provides service to US customers.

They require KYC, so I uploaded images of the front and back of my driver's license and took a fantastic-looking selfie (lol) that Bittrex apparently thought was acceptable, because immediately afterward I got this message:



So after waiting a few minutes, I got another message (which I neglected to take a screenshot of, unfortunately) saying that my account has been disabled.  Does anyone know what's up with that?  

Being a lazy ass I didn't read their ToS, but I'm going to do that right after finishing this post.  I'm wondering if the state I live in is excluded....?  They didn't say that, though.

Christ, it's tough when you're fond of an obscure altcoin that only trades on a single legitimate exchange--and one that I apparently can't even get access to!  Any help or constructive comments would be appreciated.

Edit:  Ahhhh FUDGE!!!  I did take a look at possible causes for an account being disabled....and it's because of the state I live in.  I'm still interested in hearing from everyone, as when I searched for threads on Bittrex most of them were years old.  How the hell do I find out what my state laws are regarding crypto?
10  Economy / Reputation / Warning: I don't use telegram! The Pharmacist impersonator is active there on: December 28, 2020, 05:14:12 PM
I just got a PM from a Jr. Member asking whether I was the one who contacted him on PayPal looking to do a deal, so I'm assuming this has something to do with the recent scam accusation thread against me.

So please, if any of you get contacted outside of bitcointalk by anyone with my bitcointalk username, it isn't me.  I don't use telegram or other social media, and the only way I've ever done trades is on the forum.  If you get a PM from me, that's another matter because I have PM'ed members I've dealt with before when I'm looking to trade.

Don't know if this is the right section for a thread like this, so if it's not perhaps a mod will move it to the right place (or let me know so I can do it).  Thanks, and be careful with impersonators.  I'm certainly not the first member who's name has been appropriated in order to pull off a scam, and I'm sure I won't be the last.
11  Economy / Currency exchange / [H] 0.007 btc [N] PayPal at preev 1:1 on: December 22, 2020, 05:34:49 PM
As stated in the title, I have 0.007BTC and need PayPal funds at preev 1:1.  I can sell less than the full amount if you don't need that much.

I will not send first unless you have significant green trust or if I've done business with you before.

This will be a neutral feedback transaction.

Send me a PM if you're willing to help me out, as I might miss seeing this thread if you post here.

Local rule:  Please do not post here unless you're interested in doing this deal and are at least a Sr. Member or a member I've done business with before.  PayPal is very risky because of the chance of chargebacks, but I have never done this and won't ever.
12  Bitcoin / Hardware wallets / Just curious as to whether anyone here has actually used a Ballet wallet on: December 20, 2020, 11:26:14 PM
I read this thread and a couple of others in which the Ballet wallet was discussed, and I get that it isn't a safe wallet to keep funds in for the long term.  However, I just purchased a few of them on Amazon, one of which I'm going to use to give bitcoin as a gift to a family member.  He knows basically what bitcoin is, but aside from what he's probably heard on the news I don't think he knows all that much about it.

So I'm curious as to whether any members here have actually funded a Ballet wallet (for whatever purpose), and what their experience was with it.  Most of what I've read is how unsafe they are due to the manufacturing process which does not guarantee that they don't retain access to your private keys.  I fully understand that glaring negative against the wallet, but it's an attractive enough "device" that I figured it'd be a good gift.

I've never heard of anyone who's gotten scammed with Ballet wallets, but I haven't heard many members describing their experiences with it (and I suspect that's because it isn't popular).  I'm curious to hear about anything along those lines.
13  Economy / Currency exchange / [H] 0.014 btc [N] PayPal at preev 1:1 on: December 06, 2020, 07:55:26 PM
As stated in the title, I have 0.014BTC and need PayPal funds at preev 1:1.  I can sell less than the full amount if you don't need that much.

I will not send first unless you have significant green trust or if I've done business with you before.

This will be a neutral feedback transaction.

Send me a PM if you're willing to help me out, as I might miss seeing this thread if you post here.

Local rule:  Please do not post here unless you're interested in doing this deal and are at least a Sr. Member or a member I've done business with before.  PayPal is very risky because of the chance of chargebacks, but I have never done this and won't ever.
14  Economy / Exchanges / Anyone have experience with or opinions about BTCPOP? on: December 06, 2020, 12:37:19 AM
I searched the Exchanges section for BTCPOP and didn't find much at all.  Not surprising, since they're a small, obscure exchange based out of Asia (I think).

They're one of the only exchanges that lists Curecoin, which has caught my eye because of the Curecoin team that participates in the Folding@Home project.  All of the other exchanges that list it are either very sketchy or don't deal with US customers.  So I wanted to ask the community if they know anything about BTCPOP's reputation, or if anybody has had any problems with them in the past.

Right now I've got a few dollars' worth of Curecoin in a pending withdrawal that's been pending for about an hour....so that's kind of what prompted me to start this thread.  It makes my skin crawl having to use one of these offshore exchanges that could pull an exit scam at any minute, but with some of these oddball coins you do what you have to.

Thanks in advance for any input.
15  Economy / Goods / As I said, I'm stupid and impulsive and bought a Ballet wallet... on: November 22, 2020, 09:45:50 PM
I just wrote a post a couple of hours ago saying that I impulsively bought a Ballet wallet and was expecting its arrival today.  Well I got it, and as I couldn't find many threads that mention it (maybe because it's not a true HW wallet) I thought I'd show it brand new:





I happen to be a sucker for neat packaging and was pleasantly surprised at what I received.  I figured I'd just get a Ballet card in some shrinkwrap, but nope. 

Now, as far as using this thing goes, I'm aware that there are some serious security issues associated with the Ballet and I haven't read any reviews on bitcointalk that would convince me one way or the other that it's safe enough to use.  Thus I'm not sure I'm going to try it out or keep it as a crypto collectible--like my Keepkey. 

Anyway, I just wanted to show you guys how the Ballet comes if you didn't know (and if you even care). 
16  Economy / Exchanges / The future of crypto exchanges on: November 22, 2020, 07:29:32 PM
I've been interested in crypto since 2014 or so, and between then and now I've seen major changes across the cryptocurrency exchange landscape.  There used to be a website wesellcrypto.com that sold bitcoin, doge, and a few other altcoins for PayPal.  Circle used to be one of the easiest ways to buy and sell bitcoin (at least in the US).  KYC wasn't required by most exchanges. 

Well, Circle and wesellcrypto.com are both out of business, KYC is becoming standard, and there have probably been more changes in the past six years than I can recall.

But what I'm really wondering is how many exchanges are going to be in business in 2030, ten years from now.  I've said in other threads that I expect there to be a good deal of consolidation, with big exchanges buying out smaller ones, and lousy exchanges like Yobit and many others simply ceasing to exist.  Are any of you expecting something similar?  I don't know how many crypto exchanges exist globally (and I'd appreciate it--perhaps with some merits--if someone could provide a number), but I think there are way too many right now.

One thing I'm hoping is that exchanges don't stop providing 24/7 service.  It drives me nuts in the stock market that you can only trade between 9:30am-4pm M-F.  That's an archaic system IMO, and I hope it changes in the future.

I'd like to hear your opinions about where exchanges are headed, so feel free to disagree with me and whatever else you'd like to do.
17  Economy / Exchanges / Is Kucoin still working correctly for most of you? on: October 13, 2020, 01:59:16 PM
I just logged into Kucoin and tried to deposit some bitcoin and was surprised to see that it gave me an error message saying it was unable to generate a deposit address.  Just to check that it was a problem with bitcoin only, I went through the steps to deposit Dash....but they gave me a message that Dash is in maintenance mode.

I haven't used Kucoin since they got hacked and haven't read a lot about what's been going on with them since it happened.  Does anyone have any inside poop as to whether they're still a functioning exchange or are they on their way out?  I also noticed their FAQ page was down, which I took to be an ominous sign.

Any input would be appreciated, thanks my peeps.
18  Economy / Reputation / I'd love to respond to Bitcoin SV's nonsense, but.... on: September 14, 2020, 06:46:49 PM
aaaaaand yet another self-mod troll thread

Don't post here. The OP will jerk off to your posts and deleted them when he's done. Instead support the petition to remove OP's self-mod privileges or suggest other options to deal with this hypertroll: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5274729

This is why I won't post in any of the threads he's started, and there have been a few of them.  His threads are self-moderated for a reason only Bitcoin SV himself knows, but he's already shown that he's willing to nuke all the posts in his threads, so IMO it's a waste of anyone's time to reply to his silly accusations there.

I created this thread for members to defend themselves against this guy without fear of post deletion.

Bitcoin SV is allowed to post here, and I in fact encourage him to do so.
19  Economy / Currency exchange / Updated: [H] 0.01 btc [N] PayPal at preev 1:1 on: September 13, 2020, 10:54:55 AM
As stated in the title, I have 0.014BTC and need PayPal funds at preev 1:1.  I can sell less than the full amount if you don't need that much.

I will not send first unless you have significant green trust or if I've done business with you before.

This will be a neutral feedback transaction.

Send me a PM if you're willing to help me out, as I might miss seeing this thread if you post here.

Local rule:  Please do not post here unless you're interested in doing this deal and are at least a Sr. Member or a member I've done business with before.  PayPal is very risky because of the chance of chargebacks, but I have never done this and won't ever.

Edit: Deal done, closing thread now.  TXID: 7c82c68a6e645baf686fdba7b4d4d73cbc7db97b8a83d7c36cf245fe9ea820a4
20  Economy / Currency exchange / [H] 0.012 btc [N] PayPal at preev 1:1 on: September 08, 2020, 01:36:37 AM
As stated in the title, I have 0.012BTC and need PayPal funds at preev 1:1.  I can sell less than the full amount if you don't need that much.

I will not send first unless you have significant green trust or if I've done business with you before.

This will be a neutral feedback transaction.

Send me a PM if you're willing to help me out, as I might miss seeing this thread if you post here.

Local rule:  Please do not post here unless you're interested in doing this deal and are at least a Sr. Member or a member I've done business with before.  PayPal is very risky because of the chance of chargebacks, but I have never done this and won't ever.

Deal done with Legion13.  Locking thread now.
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