Gift cards are great for your first time and small amounts from $1 to $20.
See which gift cards are currently accepted by our vendors. The list changes daily. Popular gift cards include ONEVANILLA, AMAZON and TARGET *note the minimum amount for each offer; this is the smallest amount you can have on the gift card.
Go purchase the gift card at any local drug store. OneVanilla Gift Card store locator -
Amazon Gift Card store locator Always buy with CASH ONLY and SAVE THE RECEIPT.
*note vendors will ask you to upload cash receipts to prove that they were not bought with stolen credit cards. Click the upload button above the trade chat to upload pictures.
Click BUY on an offer for your card, type in how much is on the card (for example 10.00) and click the big green button.
*note it will tell you how many bitcoins you will get for your money.
Follow the vendors instructions and click the blue CONFIRM PAID button when you have followed their instructions and paid them. Wait for bitcoins to be sent to your bitcoin wallet and ask the vendor questions in the trade chat if needed.
For big buys over $100 and the best price you can deposit cash to any local bank, Western Union or Moneygram office.
See which vendors have accounts at banks near you and start a trade with them. They will give you their bank account number and name.
Go to the nearest local branch of that bank and deposit cash to the teller.
*note You don't need to have an account there and don't need to mention bitcoin to the teller either. You are just paying the vendor to his account with cash, the bank has no idea what for and knows nothing about bitcoin.
Save the RECEIPT showing it was a CASH deposit and upload it to the vendor in the trade chat and click the CONFIRM PAID button. Wait for your bitcoins to be sent to your wallet.
If you have a verified PayPal account you can use it to buy bitcoins instantly online. ID will usually be required. Interac (Canada), Google Wallet and other online wallets may also be accepted.
Start a trade with a vendor who accepts PayPal. Click buy and type in how much you spend.
*note How much bitcoin you will receive.
Follow their instructions and ask them questions in the chat. Only AFTER you have READ ALL instructions and FOLLOWED ALL instructions and actually made payment to the vendor then click CONFIRM payment and wait for the vendor to verify your payment. If you have actually made proper payment then the bitcoins will be released to your wallet.
*note If there is a problem you can click dispute after 3 hours and a moderator will help.
Vendors charge more to make up for the risk of people paying them with stolen cards.
Find a vendor who is online, has a good reputation and price. Start a trade with them and follow instructions.
Once you have read and followed their instructions, uploaded all documents and made payment, click the confirm payment button and wait for them to release bitcoins. Ask them for help in the chat if needed.
How to Contact a Vendor on Paxful
Find the best deal.
Make sure you can pay the minimum amount. Every vendor has a minimum amount you must buy to deal with them.
Note the price Buying bitcoins isn't one to one. Vendors charge a fee over the market price to get you bitcoins fast. If the "you pay" column says $1.10 that means you would pay $1.10 for $1.00 of bitcoin. So if it was $1.50 and you had $20.00 to spend you would get back $15.00 worth of bitcoin.
Choose a vendor who is currently online Both buyer and seller need to be online for you to add money successfully. If you need bitcoins instantly choose a vendor who was last seen only a few minutes ago. They will get emails and text messages to their phone when you start a trade.
Contact a vendor.
Type in how much you have to spend.
For $10.00 just type in 10 and for $25.00 just type in 25
It tells you how much you get back
Notice how much you get back in bitcoin. Be sure you agree with the seller's price.
Click the big green button
You are protected by escrow. This means the bitcoins will be held in reserve by Paxful's secure escrow vault so you know
the money is there. Seller can never cancel the trade and can only release you bitcoins from escrow. This means after you have made payment just wait for seller to release you bitcoins.
Complete your purchase and add money to your bitcoin wallet.
Click the instructions link and read them. Follow the trade instructions exactly.
Click the chat link. After you have read the instructions you can now chat with the vendor. If the instructions require you to upload a file click on the upload button and upload a picture from your phone or computer.
First read the vendor instructions. You can type into the chat box and click send message to ask the vendor questions. Once you have read and followed all instructions click the "I have paid the seller as requested" and wait for the seller to give you the bitcoins from escrow. You will see the SUCCESS message in the chat.
Check your wallet to see your new balance.
Tips for buying bitcoin
Before buying from a vendor read their offer terms.
ALWAYS READ the trade instructions FIRST and then make payment. Ask the vendor questions in the chat if needed.
DO NOT click confirm paid until you have ACTUALLY PAID them and followed all instructions. Vendors get very annoyed otherwise.
Give vendors some time to answer, they are humans not robots.
If the seller takes too long to respond to you then click the red CANCEL TRADE button.
Questions? Read the Frequently asked questions below.
Still need help after reading and trying to do it yourself? You can call us but please leave a message explaining the problem exactly and be as clear and descriptive as possible. Also email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention you left a voicemail. Polite callers who have questions only live support can help them with will go to the front of the line and have their calls returned.
How to send your bitcoin to Backpage
If you have already bitcoins in your Paxful wallet you can pay with your Paxful wallet directly on Backpage.
2nd option: you can send to backpage without using Pay with Paxful button by copying directly bitcoin address from their page and pasting it to your Paxful wallet
Click wallet at the very top and you'll be on your free Paxful wallet, the balance should now be positive.
Click the green SEND BITCOIN button. Notice it asks for an amount of bitcoin, example 0.0029 $1.00 and for a bitcoin address to send to, example: 1hlCDp4m5SD3... You can get this information from Backpage. Keep the browser window or tab with Paxful open and start a new tab or window for Backpage.
Go to Backpage.com to where it asks you to pay for an ad. You can also click the link from the email they send. Click bitcoin.
Click the blue Create Invoice button.
Take notice of the two important pieces of information on this next page, the bitcoin amount to send AND the bitcoin address to send it too. Write down the bitcoin amount to send. For example 0.00450
Pay attention! Don't send bitcoins to above address 1EyBh... as it is just example address. Every time you generate invoice on Backpage, they will generate unique bitcoin address for you where you have to send bitcoins.
Copy the bitcoin address. It looks like a very long password from hell and usually begins with 1. For example 1FG43EFG2r4ked... If you don't know how to copy and paste watch this video. Copying and pasting on mobile phones and tables can also be tricky, watch this video if you are on a phone.
Go back to your Paxful wallet in the browser tab or window you had open before. Type in the amount in the bitcoin amount text box and paste the address into the bitcoin address box. To paste on most Windows you hit CONTROL + V at the same time and on Macs it is COMMAND + V at the same time.
Click Continue. If it is your first time sending you may need to type in your Paxful password, that you chose when you created an account. It will then ask you to confirm. Click the green SEND BITCOIN NOW button. You should see a SUCCESSFUL message.
Go back to BackPage, the same window or tab you had open before. It should now change and say "Payment Received". Congratulations you just paid for an ad! Great job!
Frequently Asked Questions
No worries, every question you have has been asked before.
Q. Why did BackPage stop using debit/credit cards and switch to bitcoins?
BackPage lost their ability to accept Visa and Mastercard when a sheriff from Illinois complained directly to Visa and Mastercard.
BackPage chose Bitcoin because bitcoin cannot be taken away from them or stopped by banks or any one person. No one person controls bitcoin. Bitcoin is a technology like email and it is decentralized meaning it cannot be controlled. Any other site that does what BackPage does will have to switch to bitcoin so it is worth learning. This is the future and Paxful makes it as instant and as easy as possible.
Q. How does this work?
Paxful is an open market like Craigslist or Backpage. Vendors list their ads to sell you bitcoin for a certain price and to get payment a certain way.
Once you find deal you like you start a trade with the vendor. You'll be in a live chat with them and they will tell you how to pay them, then once you pay they release the bitcoins directly from escrow to your Paxful wallet. You can now spend them anywhere.
Q. Are transaction instant or is there a waiting period?
Using bitcoin to pay for something is instant. Buying bitcoint to fund your wallet can take a few minutes to several hours depending on the payment method and if the vendor is online. Paypal and gift cards are instant. Bank and CO-OP credit union cash deposits, Western Union, Moneygram take some time as you must leave your home to their branch and deposit cash. Usually they happen in under 1 hour.
You buy direct from vendors here so once you start a trade, you are in a live chat, the seller is alerted via email and SMS and may come online right away or it could take them some time if they are asleep or half way around the world etc. Once you're chatting it happens pretty fast.
Q. Can I buy a fraction of a bitcoin?
Yes! You can buy any fraction of bitcoin you want. If an ad on backPage costs $1 then $1 worth of bitcoin will pay for it. Vendors have minimum and maximum limits of bitcoin they are willing to sell you.
For example. A seller may have a minimum of $30 and a maximum of $300. If a single bitcoin costs $300 then you must buy minimum 1/10th of a bitcoin from that seller, $30. Check the RANGE min-max under the offer.
Q. How do I know which is the price and the amount I am getting?
The price of a single bitcoin is set by 5 different exchanges across the world. This is the rate that most merchants will use when you try and spend bitcoin. Here on our marketplace each seller defines their own price which is usually slightly higher than the exchange price because of convenience and speed you are will receive your bitcoin.
Look at the PRICE/RATE of each sellers offer. The lower it is the more bitcoin you get for your dollars/euros/etc... If you want to know the current exchange price check http://bitcoinwisdom.com and compare it to the price of the seller.
Q. Does Paxful sell bitcoins? Can I just link my bank account to you?
No, Paxful does not sell bitcoins. We are a listing and escrow service for sellers to trade on. They list their ads to buy or sell and you or others can deal with them directly.
Q. How fast would I get my bitcoins?
Gift cards, within minutes, PayPal instant, Cash deposit is 1-3 hours. Depending on the payment method receiving bitcoins can be from nearly instant to couple of hours.
Q. What are the fees for buying or selling bitcoin?
There is only 1% fee for the seller from the amount of a sale. The seller charges more than the market price to earn profit. The more you buy the better the price.
Q. How is this a better way to buy bitcoin?
Our peer to peer marketplace will allow you to buy bitcoin online, instantly or for a great price. We make it simple enough for the new buyers and powerful enough for the biggest traders.
Q. What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a new way to pay for stuff on the internet that is safer than credit cards and can't be taken down by banks. The best resource to learn about bitcoin is this bitcoin FAQ.
Q. How exactly do I get the bitcoin into a "wallet"?
sending bitcoin from one wallet to another is as simple as getting the bitcoin address to send it to and the bitcoin amount. The bitcoin address always looks like a very long "password from hell" and the bitcoin amount is a decimal like 0.0356 Once you have this information just paste it into your Paxful Wallet when you send out. It will go to your receving wallet.
Q. Is everyone who takes bitcoin compatible with your wallet?
Yes! The bitcoin in your Paxful wallet can be used anywhere bitcoin is accepted.
Q. Can I spend a fraction of a bitcoin?
Yes! You can send or spend any fraction of a bitcoin down to less than a penny. You can use your Paxful wallet or send to a wallet on your phone.
Q. Once I buy bitcoin can I spend it anywhere?
Yes. You can send bitcoin to any address or wallet. You can also install your own wallet on your computer or phone. We recommend AirtBitz, Bread wallet and others.
Q. Where is the bitcoin balance maintained?
When you buy bitcoin it automatically goes to your Paxful wallet. We hold the bitcoins for you but you can send them to your own wallet on your phone or computer anytime. We recommend you install a separate wallet on your phone, send your bitcoins to it from Paxful and then use your phone wallet to spend all your bitcoin. This is more secure for you as you hold and control your own bitcoin.
Q. What is the minimum amount?
It depends on the seller. Look for the min amoutn and the max next to each offer. For example Min $50 - Max $500 means you must pay $50 or more and less than $500.
Q. Why is this so hard? What happened to Visa and Mastercard?
The reason vendors ask for ID and debit and credit cards can't be used like before is because of scammers and fraud. Many scammers try and buy bitcoin using stolen credit cards, hacked bank accounts and hacked PayPal accounts. This is why vendors must take special care to prove identities for high risk payment methods.
Q. What about sending out bitcoins from my wallet and the bitcoin network miner fees? Who pays and when?
Only the sender pays bitcoin network miner fees. If you send 1 bitcoin to an outside address then they get 1 bitcoin and we deduct the bitcoin network miner fee from your remaining balance. If you only had 1 bitcoin as your balance then it show it as a zero balance but in our system it will actually be in the negative from the bitcoin network miner fee. When you deposit coins again it will go towards the negative balance. This way if you send out 1 bitcoin the receiving party always gets 1 bitcoin. When you send coins within the Paxful network, to another user, there is no mining fee.
Still Confused? Have Questions?
If you have watched the video, read all the frequently asked questions and tried to do it once already we will be happy to walk you through STEP BY STEP but first do please read the above as we get hundreds of calls a day and meeting us half way and trying to do it yourself first will keep our lines clear so we can answer your call.