This is what I answered (I hope it is true that we see soon easier and safe-enough ways to buy bitcoins:
"So can you tell us more? Like every 5 pages. post the links or a summary of this Thread including, how we get started trading Bitcoins etc. THanks in advance:"
Thanks for the in-depth comment. You are right, this really has big potential.
Here is a snapshot on trading bitcoins:
1) There are 4 online exchanges:
(1) MtGox http://mtgox.com
: This is the biggest exchange wth highest turnover. Average daily USD turnover volume in the last 20 days was 15,000. This exchange works really very well. Transcation fees at 0.65% on every transaction.
Best way to get funds in was Paypal USD before scammers caused some limited fraud and MtGox moved to liqpay, than libertyreserve. No fraud since then and it is all up and running. I know MtGox is looking for better ways to allow fund inflows. If this can be done, prices will skyrock as there are loads of people who want to buy bitcoins.
(2) Bitcoinmarket https://www.bitcoinmarket.com/
: This allows liberty reserve USD, Paypal USD and Pecunix GAU. Because of the scammers, the owner stopped taking new registrations. However, for the ones who are in it functions perfectly. And the owner also takes new traders / investors who are known as honest folks from a longterm history on the bitcoin forum http://bitcointalk.org/index.php
(3) Btcex https://btcex.com/?language=en
:This works for Russian Rubles RUB. And it has started to accept also WMZ, WMR, WME. (I am not sure what this exactly is).
The positive is that this exchange accepts bank wire (but in RUB).
(4) Bitcoinexchange https://www.bitcoinexchange.com/
: This is an exchange that allows EUR funds. Also here, bank wire is working greatly and it also allows sms or phone call payment.
There are also some bitcoin / cash exchangers https://www.bitcoin4cash.com/
Bitcoin charts are really great here: http://bitcoincharts.com/charts/
Bitcoin Analysis is available here, on the technical analysis forum and on http://mtgox.com/blog/
There are some folks working on opening more exchanges (it's a race who is first..), particularly making it simple and safe for even your grandma to purchase bitcoins. If this happens, I am sure 1) BTC/USD prices will skyrock and 2) a bitcoin-accepting-business economy will flourish.
Hope this helps a bit. Let me know if you have more questions.