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1281  Economy / Marketplace / Re: - Bitcoin Twitter Ad Platform [ANN] on: November 24, 2011, 03:03:45 AM
Very interesting. I think I'll try it out.

BTW, I found a typo at

alue is controlled by the laws of supply and demand.

I believe you're missing a "V".
1282  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: What about a REAL Bitcoin community? on: November 24, 2011, 02:34:43 AM
Sorry, guys, I believe I meet all the criteria listed above but I like where I live. I think I'll just continue working on turning my existing community into a bitcoin community. (You all are welcome to move to San Antonio, if you wish.  Grin)
1283  Economy / Speculation / Re: [POLL] Have you paid for products or services with bitcoins? on: November 23, 2011, 10:26:58 PM
Most of the items I've bought with bitcoins have been related to my websites: logos, photos, advertising space, domain names, business cards, refrigerator magnets. Haven't had a bad experience yet.
1284  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 10 on: November 22, 2011, 04:37:37 AM
10 slots, 2 coins:)

Even though there are 10 slots, only 8 are up for auction.

8 slots, 2.5 BTC each
1285  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: More Bits on on: November 22, 2011, 03:20:24 AM

Which ones to avoid
  - e-Wallet services !  (we'll talk about Mybitcoin)

There is no reason to "avoid all ewallet services."  Instawallet has been amazing, reliable, and innovative. is also really good, and I know the guys who run it personally - they will not be scamming anyone. Flexcoin has also been around quite a while without problems.

With ewallets, people just need to be careful and understand that they're trusting a 3rd party. For small amounts, the ease of ewallets generally outweighs the security concerns. For large amounts, ewallets are probably not prudent.

Mybitcoin was amazing, reliable, and innovative. but they got hacked.

why is Instawallet  or BTCinch any different? was also run by anonymous parties who couldn't be found once bitcoins started disappearing. As a matter of fact, many had difficulty finding ways to communicate with them even before that incident.

At least in the case of BTCinch, I can also say that I know the identities and have been in contact with several individuals running that particular service.
1286  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: I will be interviewed about Bitcoin on more than 100 Radio stations! on: November 21, 2011, 02:27:47 AM
how long will the banner be up there?

The banner will be up there for as long as I keep paying.  I suspect this will be years and years.

To,, and others,  I'm sorry I did not have a chance to plug you.
I tried to plug as many things as I could,  but it is hard to remember everyone durring a fast paced interview.

I think a good next step for everyone is to visit, take a look at their sponsors on the right hand side of the page,  see if any of them have something you want to buy,  and contact them to see if they will accept Bitcoins as payment.
If they agree,  please be sure to actually purchase the item from them.  This is a great way to get more shops to accept Bitcoin.

I really want the 50 caliber air-gun their sponsor sells!

Haha. Sorry if it sounded like I was offended, I know you are well networked and I'm just glad you had the chance to plug bitcoin. My ego survived just fine. Smiley

Ditto. It was an informative and positive interview; I thoroughly enjoyed it.
1287  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: I was interviewed about Bitcoin on more than 100 Radio stations! ~100K Listeners on: November 20, 2011, 09:40:31 PM
I'm a little disappointed that no one mentioned that you can buy coffee with bitcoins but I put up the youtube video at BitBrew anyway.
1288  Other / Off-topic / Re: Creationists disbelieve in not just evolution, but now the periodic table. on: November 20, 2011, 07:16:09 AM
See? You haters left the Flying Spaghetti Monster believers outside of your little love fest. I don't believe they accept the periodic table as you know it (PTAYKI) either. They start with Sauceium and end at Durumanton, with a lot of weird Italian pasta words in the middle.

And theirs is served in a large concave dish, family style.

Pastafarians are used to being overlooked or dismissed as a "satire" religion. That's how we managed to stay underground for thousands of years, after all.

I thought satire was the highest pillar of the pastafarian faith, if not the only one?

Yes, and we take it very seriously.
1289  Other / Politics & Society / Re: The free market speaks! OSHA-AVOIDED Dustberries! on: November 19, 2011, 10:45:56 PM
Okay so upon verifying with a government agency on the subject (actually I just asked a friend on skype), you can't actually get cancer from those strawberries unless the computers were old computers that still had more dangerous parts than the ones that newer computers have. But that doesn't excuse the dust issue, and by the looks of his rigs there is absolute no filtering going on.

So cancer? Probably not.

Gonna eat them?   Undecided

EDIT: Title updated to reflect findings.

OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; you probably meant FDA.
1290  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: What's a fair way to handle things if the goods don't show up? on: November 16, 2011, 04:00:49 PM
Thanks - hadn't been aware of this option. I'm thinking the shipping costs could probably be reduced if you have relatively fewer sellers - they could bundle up their items to send to the distribution center and only be sending one shipment per day, the distribution center could get good rates on the parcel distribution. Maybe in a place like Dubai for international trade, or somewhere central for specific countries. It's a bit grand for my ambitions, but I could see it being workable for a big operation. It might even get cost savings.

That would work.  Amazon does that (fiat only  Sad ) for some 3rd party sales (called "fulfilled by Amazon").  You ship stuff to Amazon, then scan it put it into their warehouse and customer can order with confidence.  Amazon knows what they ship out and customer knows amazon knows so that cuts down on fraud.

If you want to think real big the shipping time could actually be reduced.  Seller ships to "escrow hub" ahead of sale.  He can use a slow/cheap method if he likes.  After sale/auction the escrow hub ships it out via faster method.  If hub has enough volume they can get rate reductions.  I know FedEx will discount 2nd day by up to 70% with enough volume (tens of thousands of units per day).  Even smaller volume (hundreds of units) can get solid discounts of 30%+.

This is actually something I put some thought into once I began selling and shipping items for bitcoins. Once the BTC economy reaches critical mass, I might tackle a bitcoin based shipping/distribution business. Adding an escrow service shouldn't be too much additional work.
1291  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Would you buy a 0.1 BTC Casascius Physical Bitcoin as a giveaway? on: November 16, 2011, 01:17:44 AM
I'd definitely buy some.
1292  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: What's a fair way to handle things if the goods don't show up? on: November 15, 2011, 08:50:47 PM
There's no way for the buyer to prove that the item wasn't received. In this case, the seller is making the claim, "I sent it" so the burden of proof lies upon the seller.
1293  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Payment Address on Plastic "Credit Card" on: November 15, 2011, 08:07:26 PM
This might be a good way to address the recurring payment issue. I might order some of these for loyal BitBrew customers, each with their personal BitBrew payment address for orders that happen on a regular basis. That way, when I see a deposit made to Customer A's designated address, I know to start processing their pre-arranged purchase - sort of like digitally saying, "I'll have my usual."
1294  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Vendors with discounts for bitcoin purchases on: November 14, 2011, 06:22:47 AM
Coffee from BitBrew is only available to those using bitcoins. Does that count?
1295  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 9 on: November 13, 2011, 04:56:36 AM
6 slots, 2 BTC each
1296  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Possible to buy foreclosed houses with bitcoin? on: November 10, 2011, 05:35:02 PM
My brother is a real estate broker her in Texas and he and I had a lengthy discussion yesterday about selling property for bitcoins. Please remember, any information I include here is just my understanding of how such a transaction may be conducted here in the state of Texas. I am not licensed to sell real estate nor am I familiar with the applicable laws or regulations.

First off, he agreed that, legally, "selling" is probably not the appropriate term. It would most likely be considered a trade or exchange.

Secondly, since no banks or lending institutions would be involved, if both the seller and buyer wished to conduct the transaction using bitcoins, the entire value of the property would need to be paid in full unless both parties wished to negotiate a payment plan or lease agreement as well.

All that being said, my brother is offering his services to any one in the bitcoin community who would like to invest in property in Texas. If you can provide specifics regarding the type of property you're looking for, he is more than happy to try and find a seller willing to accept bitcoins.

Anyone interested can PM me for his contact information.
1297  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin commercial on: November 10, 2011, 05:57:26 AM
How will you be distributing the commercial? Who is your target audience?
1298  Economy / Services / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 8 on: November 10, 2011, 12:44:10 AM
2 slots, 2.5 BTC each
1299  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Possible to buy foreclosed houses with bitcoin? on: November 09, 2011, 05:30:21 PM
A blockchain is not legal proof of financial payment. There is absolutely nothing the buyer can do to stop the seller cancelling the contract due to non-payment and being able to re-claim the property.

A contract can be written to specify an exchange of a property for a specific amount of bitcoins to be deposited in a specific wallet. If you can prove the bitcoins were deposited, you've proved that you've fulfilled the terms of the contract.
1300  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: I've been waiting about 2.5 hours for a Mt. Gox withdrawal to show up in wallet on: November 09, 2011, 03:06:17 AM
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