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mattboston
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June 28, 2011, 12:25:22 PM
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If someone has a wallet with bitcoins in it, doesn't really matter if they got them through buying or mining.  What happens if they just decide to give up on or forget about bitcoin?  Technically the coins are still out there but if that wallet is never used then those coins can't be claimed by anyone.   I guess the same issue also happens if you lose your wallet
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June 28, 2011, 12:29:02 PM
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They are lost. Same as if you burn a dollar bill.

I know this because Tyler knows this.
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June 28, 2011, 12:34:01 PM
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Gone forever!!!
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June 28, 2011, 12:48:42 PM
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Deflation. Prices will go down. Bitcoin will value more.
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June 28, 2011, 01:19:52 PM
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Lost
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June 28, 2011, 01:21:28 PM
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So remember to backup your wallet!
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Securing_your_wallet

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