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A good payment method, store of value, quick and cheap for international transfers, or even an investment. For whatever convenient reason, it’s time to buy some Bitcoin! And don’t worry, the price doesn’t matter: you can buy fractions, from 1 USD to 300 USD or 2.000 USD or one million, get just as much as you please and need.

Alors, tout d'abord. Pour notre petite recette à acheter Bitcoin, we’ll need these ingredients:

  • A mobile or desktop dispositive with a decent OS (we don’t recommend Windows XP or Android 4, eh?) and antivirus, because you never know. If you don’t have this one, you can borrow something or go to a cyber café.
  • Decent connection to the Internet. If you’re reading this, you probably have that already.
  • Connaissances de base sur les applications et les programmes informatiques en général.
  • Basic knowledge about cryptocurrency. At the least, do you know what you’re about to acquire, right? If not, check notre article à ce sujet first. It’ll be quick.
  • Stylo et papier. Oui, cela a une autre explication plus tard.
  • Certains modes de paiement, de préférence numériques. Il peut s'agir de cartes de débit et de crédit, de virements bancaires, de PayPal (c'est une question délicate, cependant), de Yandex Money, d'autres crypto-monnaies, etc.

Are you ready? They’re just 6 little things easily findable at home, right? Let’s start it!


1. Ouvrez un compte ou un portefeuille

As you may know by now, Bitcoin isn’t something physical. So… where are you gonna store it? You’ll need a digital account or a software/hardware wallet. They’re easy to find and use, so don’t freak out.

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  • Pour un compte en ligne: un grand nombre de plateformes d'échanges cryptographiques et “hot wallets” (because they’re always online) offer you digital accounts to store and use your cryptocurrency. They work like any other webpage, so, the process is very similar: you sign up, you give (or not) some of your personal data and that’s all! They’ll provide you some crypto addresses to send and receive funds. This option is ideal for the cyber café thing, and you can essayez-le maintenant avec nous.
  • Pour les portefeuilles logiciels et matériels: for this alternative, you’ll need to have your own equipment (téléphone portable, laptop, tablet, etc.) or even buy a little gadget. You can choose a software cryptocurrency wallet and download it to your disk. They’re like any other computer program, very intuitive. As for the hardware wallets, they’re similar to flash drives with some tiny buttons to manage your funds… and, of course, they’re not free. But you can find them in popular markets, like eBay or Amazon.

Remember the pen and paper in the ingredients? You’ll probably need them in this step. Most digital wallets create what we call a “seed”: il s'agit de la clé privée de votre portefeuille et vous seul devez la connaître.

It presents itself in the form of 12 to 36 random words you must write on paper and later store in a very safe place. The reason for the paper is that the seed needs to be totally out of the Internet and the digital world to avoid hacking attacks. It’s the key to your money, after all.


2. Choisissez le meilleur fournisseur

You want to buy, so… you’ll need a Bitcoin vendor. Here you have several alternatives, with advantages and disadvantages.

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  • Avec des particuliers et / ou peer-to-peer (P2P): if you don’t know someone who sells Bitcoin, you can find a lot of individual vendors in public chats and social networks. They should have a good reputation among other users, so, don’t forget to check that before the trade. A more secure P2P option is an exchange of this kind, capable to offer some guarantees to its users.
  • With Bitcoin ATMs: believe it or not, there are +9.188 Bitcoin ATMs around 71 countries, where anyone can buy and even sell cryptos with cash. Maybe some of them are close to you and you’re clueless about it. You can find it out in Coin ATM Radar ici, mais il faut vous prévenir : les frais pour celui-ci sont généralement élevés.
  • Avec les crypto-échanges: this is probably the easiest way if you’re just starting. The crypto-exchanges are friendly webpages administrated by individuals or registered and regulated companies. Of course, the last ones are safer because in case of problems the company will be responsible for your funds. And if you don’t understand something or you’re having some issue, you can communicate with the round-the-clock support (well, at least on notre web).

In any of these cases, you must consider some important factors: fees, exchange rate, payment methods, reputation, security, regulatory compliance, and why not? Some extra benefits like discounts or affiliate programs to buy Bitcoin also come in handy.

3. Choisissez judicieusement votre mode de paiement

Let’s say you already wrote the quantity you want to buy in the platform of your preference, and also your personal adresse —if corresponds— to receive the coins in your wallet or account. How will you pay for the Bitcoin? Credit card? Bank transfers? PayPal? Cash?

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Tous les fournisseurs ne disposent pas de toutes les méthodes de paiement et de toutes les devises traditionnelles, et même s'ils en ont, les frais, les conditions et les délais sont différents pour chacun d'entre eux.. And here is where we talk about PayPal: as you might already guess, yes, it’s difficult to buy Bitcoin or cryptocurrencies with PayPal. The reason is simple: Bitcoin transactions are irreversible and cheap, PayPal transactions aren’t. So, most vendors prefer not to push their luck.

On the other hand, bank cards and bank transfers are widely accepted to buy Bitcoin, the same as digital wallets of fiat money, like Yandex. But first, don’t forget to check the respective fees and conditions.

 4. Stockez, retirez, utilisez!

Once you give the necessary payment data and click on “Buy” or “Send”, then you should receive your BTC amount in your wallet during the next 30 to 60 minutes. The vendor should provide you the transaction ID, and it’d be ideal if they send you a direct link to the transaction in a blockchain explorer.

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Internet Archive Address on the Bitcoin Explorer. Source: Blockchain.com

Then you’ll be able to follow the state of the operation, which could appear “pending” or “confirmed”. Dans Bitcoin, it’s usual to wait at the least three confirmations from the miners before we can say for sure a transaction is actually irreversible.

And there it’s in your wallet, the amount you just bought! You can store it there and wait for a price rise, you can withdraw it any time to your favorite currency or another BTC wallet, or vous pouvez payer pour les produits et services directement avec, via votre PC ou votre téléphone.

Now, it’s up to you. Remember: Bitcoin is money. So, imagination is the limit.  


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Professionnel de la littérature dans le monde de la cryptographie depuis 2016. Écrivain, chercheur et bitcoiner. Travailler pour un monde meilleur, avec plus de décentralisation et de café.

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