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October 16, 2013, 05:35:28 PM
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I recently (Oct 12th) bought a BTC mining plan at Byteminr, a "hosted hashing" company.

It works like this:
- You pay them with a credit card.
- They fire up a BTC miner for you.
- They connect that miner to the "KnCMiner" pool.
- You start receiving BTC.

Support: Courteous. Works. Responses received within about 12 to 24 hours so far.
Website: Interface provides pretty minimal feedback: you can't really see anything about the mining activity.

Payouts received so far for what is supposed to be a 50 GH/s mining contract that started on Oct 12th 2013 and ends on Oct 12th 2014 (the "XL Minr" immutable plan):

16 Oct 04:13 - 0.05842194 BTC
15 Oct 14:25 - 0.05399137 BTC
15 Oct 12:05 - 0.32 BTC (Compensation for Oct 12th and Oct 13th -- my account had problems for the first two days)
15 Oct 08:44 - 0.03700314 BTC
14 Oct 21:30 - 0.04785393 BTC
14 Oct 13:02 - 0.01916708 BTC

If you're interested, here's a link to the site that, if you buy stuff through this, I may eventually get free hashing power (i.e. referral link): https://www.byteminr.com/register/5258fd15469a8 . The referral option I have is 10 GH/s free for every 100 GH/s referrals buy. I think this is for the first 100 customers or something.

I like the simplicity of the service, the concept, but I'm not sure if it is profitable (perhaps not even break-even), though it seems like the most straight-forward way to buy a random stream of tiny BTC deposits with a credit card. The payment is through Google and it takes just seconds.

If anybody is interested I can paste more of my "mining outcome" here.

-- Obey

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October 16, 2013, 05:50:35 PM
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How  many GH per $ you got?

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October 16, 2013, 05:55:30 PM
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I bought their "XL Minr" plan, which is 12 months x 50 GH/s for $1,749 and you can't change anything about the plan. That gives a fixed cost of $34.98 per "Gigahash/second/year", whatever that means :-)

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October 16, 2013, 10:59:57 PM
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At this point I don't think I'll break even (i.e. compared to buying BTC). But I'm waiting for a month of data before I do another projection.

But even though the other miner services are cheaper (there's the "cexio" thing for 0.13 BTC x 12 mo x GH/s) I really like the simplicity of this service. There's also the Butterfly Labs $10.83 per GH/s, but that's for Jan/Feb 2014. I'd buy it too but I don't feel like waiting... just another thing to keep checking back, etc. too much stress then.

Perhaps I will get at least one referral bonus for Byteminr, that would cut my losses a bit...

Here's the next data point since the original post:

16 Oct 18:41 - 0.01924074 BTC

The deposits are random, i.e. they depend on blocks being found, but I have no idea why they vary so much from one day to the next.

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October 16, 2013, 11:03:10 PM
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So a TL'DR of this is buy a plan that won't ROI so I can hopefully recover from a bad investment.

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October 16, 2013, 11:23:42 PM
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Well, at least I'm out of newbie jail on bitcointalk without posting an useless "HI IM A NOOB".

Enjoy the free data on a service you didn't have to hire yourself to figure out its performance and whether it was a scam or not.

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October 16, 2013, 11:36:59 PM
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The deposits are random, i.e. they depend on blocks being found, but I have no idea why they vary so much from one day to the next.



What pool they are mining on?

Today the difficulty increased by about +30%, so you should get lower rewards from today

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October 17, 2013, 12:17:41 AM
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The pool is called "KnCMiner" which they say has a 1.5% fee. You're supposed to be able to choose the pool even with the inflexible plans but I haven't seen the option.

30% in a DAY? Holy shit. Okay, really didn't see that one coming.

I guess that unless you're betting that BTC will go to $1,000 or something then there's absolutely no reason to pay for miners.

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October 17, 2013, 12:32:41 AM
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The pool is called "KnCMiner" which they say has a 1.5% fee. You're supposed to be able to choose the pool even with the inflexible plans but I haven't seen the option.

30% in a DAY? Holy shit. Okay, really didn't see that one coming.

I guess that unless you're betting that BTC will go to $1,000 or something then there's absolutely no reason to pay for miners.

It isn't 30% a day.  The difficulty went up 41% today. It changes every 2016 blocks and the time between changes depends on what the total hash rate is over the 2016 blocks.

In a nutshell, 1 GH/s will mine about 0.13 BTC total, so 50 GH/s will mine about 6.5 BTC total. You paid about 12.5 BTC so unless there is a miracle and the difficulty stops rising, you have lost about 6 BTC in the deal.

In $ terms, you paid $1750 to mine $910 worth of bitcoins. It doesn't matter if BTC goes to $1000, because if you just bought the BTC instead of mining it, you still would have come out ahead.

Please note that my calculations assume that the difficulty will rise an average of 20% each period for several months. (it has been rising about 30% per period since February). They also assume that the operator does not charge any fees. For example,  Cloudhashing charges a 10% management fee.

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October 17, 2013, 12:59:39 AM
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Good point. Buying while betting it will rise is better than buying mining while betting it will rise, since the cost of BTC was cheaper than what I paid at the time I bought the contract. All the online profitability simulators I used pointed at the possibility of profit. I think the ones I used were just plain wrong.

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October 17, 2013, 02:07:41 AM
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Good point. Buying while betting it will rise is better than buying mining while betting it will rise, since the cost of BTC was cheaper than what I paid at the time I bought the contract. All the online profitability simulators I used pointed at the possibility of profit. I think the ones I used were just plain wrong.

Most mining calculators do not account for future difficulty changes. The best one I have found is http://mining.thegenesisblock.com/

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October 17, 2013, 04:03:12 AM
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Quick question... Wouldn't this be a worthy investment if bitcoin goes up to 200 or more? I guess while investing it is best to look way far ahead. Maybe he might end up with 9000 dollars instead of 900!

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October 17, 2013, 04:52:47 AM
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Quick question... Wouldn't this be a worthy investment if bitcoin goes up to 200 or more? I guess while investing it is best to look way far ahead. Maybe he might end up with 9000 dollars instead of 900!

Sure, he might end up with more dollars, but he can do better with less risk. Let me show you.

There are two ways you can obtain bitcoins. You can buy them or you can mine them. Let's compare the two, assuming that you mine for a year and the value of BTC goes up to $1000.

Method| $ Value Now| BTC Value Now| BTC Value Next Year| $ Value Next Year
Buy| 1750| 12.5| 12.5| 12500
Mine| 1750| nothing yet| 6.5| 6500

As you can see, if he mines he can make a big profit if BTC rises to $1000. But, if he spends the money on bitcoins instead of on mining bitcoins, he comes out way ahead. Also, there is no risk of Byteminr shutting down.

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October 17, 2013, 05:04:05 AM
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Quick question... Wouldn't this be a worthy investment if bitcoin goes up to 200 or more? I guess while investing it is best to look way far ahead. Maybe he might end up with 9000 dollars instead of 900!

Sure, he might end up with more dollars, but he can do better with less risk. Let me show you.

There are two ways you can obtain bitcoins. You can buy them or you can mine them. Let's compare the two, assuming that you mine for a year and the value of BTC goes up to $1000.

Method| $ Value Now| BTC Value Now| BTC Value Next Year| $ Value Next Year
Buy| 1750| 12.5| 12.5| 12500
Mine| 1750| nothing yet| 6.5| 6500

As you can see, if he mines he can make a big profit if BTC rises to $1000. But, if he spends the money on bitcoins instead of on mining bitcoins, he comes out way ahead. Also, there is no risk of Byteminr shutting down.


Right... Thanks for explaining this... Good thing I have not bought any mining shares... But what if I can find a ghash for cheap? Do you think it would be worth it?

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October 17, 2013, 05:07:09 AM
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what i think is why not make your self a mining rig you confirm profit on that if you own it , no matter the diff go how hard you are still mining
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October 17, 2013, 05:17:00 AM
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Right... Thanks for explaining this... Good thing I have not bought any mining shares... But what if I can find a ghash for cheap? Do you think it would be worth it?

You have to determine what you think is the value of 1 GH/s. That value depends on the difficulty and on how fast you believe it will rise over the next several months. Then, you have to decide how much of a discount you want. There is no sense in paying 0.13 BTC for 1 GH/s if you think you will get 0.13 BTC back over a year, but maybe you think paying 0.10 is a good deal. Finally, you must also consider risk. What if your prediction is wrong? What if the host shuts down?

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October 17, 2013, 05:28:49 AM
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Right... Thanks for explaining this... Good thing I have not bought any mining shares... But what if I can find a ghash for cheap? Do you think it would be worth it?

You have to determine what you think is the value of 1 GH/s. That value depends on the difficulty and on how fast you believe it will rise over the next several months. Then, you have to decide how much of a discount you want. There is no sense in paying 0.13 BTC for 1 GH/s if you think you will get 0.13 BTC back over a year, but maybe you think paying 0.10 is a good deal. Finally, you must also consider risk. What if your prediction is wrong? What if the host shuts down?

you are right and especialy the last sentence
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October 17, 2013, 08:22:02 AM
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Quick question... Wouldn't this be a worthy investment if bitcoin goes up to 200 or more? I guess while investing it is best to look way far ahead. Maybe he might end up with 9000 dollars instead of 900!

Sure, he might end up with more dollars, but he can do better with less risk. Let me show you.

There are two ways you can obtain bitcoins. You can buy them or you can mine them. Let's compare the two, assuming that you mine for a year and the value of BTC goes up to $1000.

Method| $ Value Now| BTC Value Now| BTC Value Next Year| $ Value Next Year
Buy| 1750| 12.5| 12.5| 12500
Mine| 1750| nothing yet| 6.5| 6500

As you can see, if he mines he can make a big profit if BTC rises to $1000. But, if he spends the money on bitcoins instead of on mining bitcoins, he comes out way ahead. Also, there is no risk of Byteminr shutting down.


The table is very helpfull, but $ Value Next Year column is not necessary, it just confuse things...
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October 17, 2013, 12:37:50 PM
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what i think is why not make your self a mining rig you confirm profit on that if you own it , no matter the diff go how hard you are still mining

Great idea if you have the time and finds it fun to build your own mining cluster.

But you also have to NOT be in a shitty country that imposes 100% ~200% tax + shipping costs on technology imports (e.g. Brazil).

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October 17, 2013, 05:28:12 PM
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Method| $ Value Now| BTC Value Now| BTC Value Next Year| $ Value Next Year
Buy| 1750| 12.5| 12.5| 12500
Mine| 1750| nothing yet| 6.5| 6500
The table is very helpful, but $ Value Next Year column is not necessary, it just confuse things...

The purpose of the the $ Value Next Year column is to show the fallacy of "if the value of BTC goes up enough, it doesn't matter what I paid for mining."

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