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May 24, 2012, 05:00:35 AM
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I'd like to take this chance to gift them with Bitcoin.
Of course, they haven't "converted" to Bitcoin yet, so there's a decent chance they'll be pissed if they just get Bitcoin instead of "real money".

So, I am looking for something like this:

1. A website where I deposit BTC for them in an account they can claim.
2. And have a nice "For Dummies" greeting waiting for them on this page (customizable and nice looking), together with a short explanation of wtf is Bitcoin, and why is it good for.
3. They will have two options:

A) Very simple instructions on how to withdraw the BTC to some wallet (let's say an online wallet to keep it dead simple), along with links to security instructions and "How not to lose your wallet/password"
B) A very simple way to "withdraw Bitcoins into Paypal" ... an exit path. If they are turned off by the entire idea, I don't want them to feel cheated, and I want them to be able to easily get the BTC converted to their Paypal account.

It all has to be secure, of course. Ideally, I'd like to buy a physical greeting card with a Bitcoin icon, personalized URL & QR code. The physical greeting card should not have a hard coded amount of Bitcoin, but it should just be a pointer into the personal webpage I described above. I most likely will decide on the last minute how much money to upload into each greeting card / personalized website.


I am willing to pay a fee for the above service. Does it exist? Will someone build it for me?

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May 24, 2012, 05:04:28 AM
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better idea - give them bitcoins, and say "trade these in for a gift card at any of these 80 businesses"

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the bride takes Victoria's Secret, the groom takes Home Depot.  score!

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May 24, 2012, 05:10:53 AM
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better idea - give them bitcoins, and say "trade these in for a gift card at any of these 80 businesses"

http://gitcoin.net

the bride takes Victoria's Secret, the groom takes Home Depot.  score!

1. They don't live in the USA.
2. I hate gift card to specific stores. Cash is better (for the sake of discussion, let's call PayPal cash).

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May 24, 2012, 05:13:00 AM
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better idea - give them bitcoins, and say "trade these in for a gift card at any of these 80 businesses"

http://gitcoin.net

the bride takes Victoria's Secret, the groom takes Home Depot.  score!

1. They don't live in the USA.
2. I hate gift card to specific stores. Cash is better (for the sake of discussion, let's call PayPal cash).

P.S.
I don't know what the custom is in the US, bu in Israel it's usually considered bad manners to bring something other than cash to weddings. The cost of the wedding itself is huge, so people are expected to help the young couple by directly offsetting this cost.
Sure, sometimes people will bring other gifts, but it's usually frowned upon. We have huge weddings btw, 300-350+ people is typical.

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May 24, 2012, 06:50:28 AM
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How about a 5 BTC Physical Bitcoin (or two) for them to keep, or trade.
 - https://www.casascius.com/

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May 24, 2012, 07:04:50 AM
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How about a 5 BTC Physical Bitcoin (or two) for them to keep, or trade.
 - https://www.casascius.com/

How does this answer the requirements?

Remember, we're talking about people that don't know the first thing about Bitcoin.
This will look like a scam to them (wtf are those coins?), and I don't encourage the physical coins as a good store of value (a bit hard to back them up), more as a novelty item.

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May 24, 2012, 11:49:22 AM
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Only relating to the PayPal part of the equation, we buy Bitcoins for PayPal cash: https://bitcoinnordic.com/sell/

The service is more oriented towards businesses, thus the weekly payout, but it could also be used for your purpose.

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May 24, 2012, 12:36:56 PM
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Only relating to the PayPal part of the equation, we buy Bitcoins for PayPal cash: https://bitcoinnordic.com/sell/

The service is more oriented towards businesses, thus the weekly payout, but it could also be used for your purpose.

10% is way too much for my purposes. Anyway, since there are no jumpers and I don't have the time to develop this myself, it looks like I'm going to scrap the idea for now.

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May 24, 2012, 11:54:24 PM
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Maybe this just isn't the right moment to think about "converting" them to bitcoins. Just get them a nice regular present and don't give them any unnecessary headaches. Afterwards just send a couple their way directly to one of their emails and explain how they can be used.
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May 25, 2012, 12:12:28 AM
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https://coinapult.com/ ?

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