TUTORIAL - Bitcoin: A tutorial on how to stay safe purchasing and spending Bitcoins

20 September 2017 Greg Smith
  • TUTORIAL - Bitcoin: A tutorial on how to stay safe purchasing and spending Bitcoins

    This is the easiest and cheapest way to purchase bitcoins. This is what we recommend anyone who is new to BTC to use. 

    How to Purchase and Spend Bitcoins Anonymously.

    Bitcoin (BTC) can be completely overwhelming when starting out. Most of that is due to the unnecessary, technical information, which most people don’t need to know, so for this tutorial we’re just going to show you how to purchase and spend BTC anonymously.

    What you need:

    • A computer

    • An Email Address (Create an address to use only for BTC)

    • Tor Browser or VPN (Not Necessary – Just extra precaution)

    CASH MONEY – (Entirely Necessary)

    1) Sign Up For LocalBitcoins.com

    Click on the Sign Up Button and on the following screen you’ll enter your Information and your newly created email address, as shown below. Fill out the Captcha Form and click REGISTER.

    2) Check your email for the Authentication Link and Activate your account. Close out of Localbitcoins.com and re-open. Make sure your Username and Password work, and Login. The hard part is now done!

    3a) You should be at the HomeScreen now. “I want to buy bitcoins,” should be selected and on the Payment Method box, select Cash Deposit. Then click SEARCH.

    3b) Now we’re going to find out how much we need to buy in BTC to cover our DVD Costs. General rule of thumb is buy what you need plus $20 in case BTC value fluctuates while we’re shopping. Typically doesn’t happen and we’re not really concerned with the value of BTC since we’re not investing in it. We’re using it as a means of currency exchange. Google, “BTC Price” and click search. 

    As you can see below I need $300 to cover my DVD’s and shipping, which comes out to be 0.76 Bitcoins. This is the number we’re concerned with. Remember that number and move on to the next step…

    4) Here is where we will choose our Seller. Just find someone that accepts deposits from a Bank near you – Bank of America, Arvest, Chase, etc. The seller should also have a 100% Feedback Rating and offer to do transactions for the amount of USD you’re going to send. Once you find one that seems good, click BUY.

    5) Here is where you’ll initiate your trade for USD to BTC. Input the Number of BTC you want to buy and it will give you the USD amount you need to send. Click “Send Trade Request” and proceed.

    6) Once the trade request has been initiated you will see the directions on the right side on how to proceed. Just follow the directions. This seller has stated requested you use your genuine IP (No TOR or VPN) which is OK since we have no identifiable information about ourselves and it’s NOT illegal to purchase Bitcoins. *Not all sellers require you to use your genuine IP, but if you feel uneasy about it, just look around. There are tons who don’t.

    After you’ve done what the seller requested: 1) Deposit Money in their Account, Upload Pic of Deposit Receipt, and received confirmation from Seller on transaction, we’re ready to spend our newfound Bitcoins!

    7) As in the pic above, click on your Profile Icon and click Wallet (it will have BTC in there hopefully).

    Here you will enter the Receiving Wallet Address (you will receive this from your DVD seller), the amount in USD you want to send, a description your seller requests (if they want to know who it’s from), and your password. Once that’s done, click “Send from Wallet”. 

    Congratulations! You have now paid for your DVD’s and you should get a confirmation and tracking number to let you know when to expect your Sex in the City – The Full Collection DVD Set.

How to create a bitcoin wallet

12 December 2016 Greg Smith
  • How to create a bitcoin wallet

    How do I get an account?

    The easiest way to create an account, or wallet. Here is the company  we recommend as they are very easy to set up.


    To create an act go to the address listed, then at the top left there is  a green button that says ‘Create a free blockchain wallet’. Click that  and go through the progressions to create the wallet. It should only  take a few minutes. Once you are done, it should open to a page that  will have your wallet address listed on it.

    It should say: ‘This is your Bitcoin address’ with a long series of  letters being it, looking something like this:


    You must remember all of this info, as if you lose it there is no way to  get back in here. So save the PW and userID somewhere safe!

    Next you will want to buy some bitcoins to put in your wallet. Now,  there are many ways to buy or obtain bitcoins. There are many exchanges where people are offering to sell BTC. When they are selling  the BTC ( bitcoins) they will sometimes charge a fee depending on how  you pay for them. Most exchanges have some type of escrow system they  use so you or the seller is not ripped off. On many exchanges you will  find a seller of bitcoins and see what payment methods they accept. Most  will take Paypal, some will take a bank deposit ( you will deposit $ in  their bank acct), others will meet in person to exchange cash, and may  other ways. 

    Here is a website with many different exchanges you can buy BTC on


    I like to use Local bitcoins, but theres many on there that work well.


    There is another service called ‘wall of coins’ that allows you to create an acct and deposit some cash into someones bank act, and then have bitcoin transferred into your bitcoin wallet. The process is explained in this article here: 


Bitcoin 'Wall of coins'

12 December 2016 Greg Smith
  • Bitcoin 'Wall of coins'


    This service is great as it simplifies the transaction and still keeps you anonymous and it does not charge an absurd fee. Go to the link, and  select Buy coins.

    First it will find your location ( it needs this as it is going to give  you list of banks near you to deposit $ to buy the BTC )

    Next it will ask for your BTC address, remember this is the long address  with weird #s ( looks like this “1Gm4pN9FBtgtaftVJdVVyelBswaMztTZui”)

    Enter that # in and click next-

    Then its going to ask how much money in bitcoins you want to buy? You can enter in the usd amount and it will convert for you. I would recommend buying  like $5 to $10 more in btc then the total the order amount, just as a  buffer. So lets say the order is for $475, then you will want to buy  $480 worth of BTC. so enter in $480 and click next.

    Next it will show a list of banks near you to deposit the $ in. You will  select one of the banks. Please note that each bank will have a different rate they offer to exchange the $ for you. if you look at the 3-4 banks listed there, you can choose them based on convince for you, or the conversion rate. They are all pretty close, but if you loot at the exact rater they will convert at, you can see that there will be one that will give you the best deal essentially.  Click  the green order button next to the one you want to use and it will go tot he next page-

    Once you click on “ORDER” corresponding the bank you opt for, it will take you to a verification page that has a spot for a PURCHASE CODE.  Wall of coins will text the code to your phone, that is why you must give a legitimate phone number!  Once you receive the code, you need to enter it immediately!  If you wait too long, it will not accept it, and you will have to go through the steps again. ( please note, it is simply doing this to verify your a real person and not some bot)

    Once you enter the purchase code, it will bring up a page that lists all the info you will need to make the cash deposit to the account.  It will show the following info”






    The deposit due is the time frame you MUST make the deposit in!  This is approximately a 120 minute window.  Until you make it, you will receive text messages sent to your phone showing the minutes left to complete the deposit. After you make the deposit, make sure you reply back to Wall of Coins system’s text message with the proper code to flag your deposit as finished. This will expedite the process. Once you do that, Wall of Coins will wait for the seller to confirm that they received your cash deposit. Sellers are graded on their response time, and they prioritize showing you the sellers who respond the quickest. There are many factors involved, but to say it simply, the typical time you will receive your Bitcoin is within 5-15 minutes after the seller verifies the deposit.

    Once the seller has confirmed they have received your deposit, Wall of Coins will then send you a text and/or email saying, “Your order of XX USD for XXXXXX.XX bits is complete!  You will be able to spend this from your wallet shortly”.  You should be able to go to Blockchain.com, log on, and see your most recent activity, and the balance in your Biticoin wallet.

    Once you see the coins have been loaded in there, you can simply make the payment to us using the code below and selecting the amount to send us. we will receive the payment within 5 to 15 min.


15 June 2016 Greg Smith
  • Bitcoin

    What is Bitcoin?

    Bitcoin is a new payment option that gives people more power and control over their finances. Bitcoin is a digital asset and a payment system. It is extremely inexpensive to send or accept transactions, and the currency’s anonymous nature eliminates the risk of identity theft, fraud, or ‘paper trails.’ 

    Simply put, Bitcoin has all the advantages of paying with an online interface like PayPal, but has the advantage of being able to anonymously send “money” anywhere, within minutes. The system is peer-to-peer and transactions take place between users directly. These transactions are verified by thousands to millions of network nodes, which receive a very small payment (usually a fraction of a cent) in exchange for facilitating the transaction.

    Since the system works without a central repository or single administrator, the U.S. Treasury categorizes Bitcoin as a decentralized virtual currency. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, and is the first decentralized digital currency. While there are many other cryptocurrencies out there, Bitcoin is the largest of its kind in terms of total market value.

    How do I get an account?

    The easiest way to create an account, or a “wallet” is by using Local Bit Coin (LBC) – https://localbitcoins.com/ 

    Creating an account on LBC will allow you to use their site to Buy, Sell, and Send Bitcoins with ease. On the top right you will see your balance, by clicking the balance it will show you your “Receive” address, which will look something like this – “1Gm4pN9FBtgtaftVJdVVyelBswaMztTZui” and give you the ability to “Send Bitcoins.”

    How do I load money into my wallet?

    There are many ways to get Bitcoins into your wallet, but we recommend sticking with https://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins to purchase Bitcoins as they offer many ways to purchase Bitcoins, and have never let any of our customers down.

    Sellers have feedback ratings, and all provide different exchange rates. Some options on LBC are Cash Deposit, Money Gram, Gift Cards, Western Union, PayPal, and others, including cash in person.  Keep in mind, purchasing Bitcoins is not illegal at all (except in New York, where it is illegal to SELL BitCoins without a business license in NY to people that live in NY, although this is a hard law to enforce due to the anonymous nature of Bitcoin). Bitcoin has become so popular that many mainstream websites accept Bitcoin as a payment option. Many customers have found that meeting in person is the best way to stay anonymous during a Bitcoin Transaction, but there is nothing wrong with using any of the other methods offered on LBC, PayPal being one of the easiest.

    http://preev.com/ is a great site to find out what Bitcoins are currently going for. Preev acts as a public informational page displaying the current exchange rate from US currency to Bitcoin. Keep this site in mind when purchasing Bitcoins from various sellers as some sellers offer much better deals than other sellers do, just like money exchangers do in other countries. 

    Remember – you do not have to buy/send whole Bitcoins a coin at a time; you can buy almost any fraction of a Bitcoin that you want, and send almost any fraction as well.  For example, you can send 0.0004277 Bitcoin, which equates to about 25 cents, or 4.276 Bitcoin, which equals about $2500 US.

    Once you have your “Receive Address” generated, you can give that to someone that you wish to purchase Bitcoins from.  Many people use a new Receive Address for each transaction to add another layer of anonymity. It all goes into your main wallet on LBC, so we highly suggest this practice. 

    After purchasing the Bitcoins, LBC will act as escrow or a middle man and will wait until there are a few confirmations of the transaction, so the coins will not show instantly – we have seen some transactions take up to an hour to show in our wallet! If doing the transaction in person, do not let the person leave until you confirm that the Bitcoins are in your LBC wallet.

    Once you have completed the transaction, the Bitcoins will be in your LBC wallet, where you can then use them to make purchases by “Sending” Bitcoins. 

    Unlike PayPal, there isn’t a claims or refund process with Bitcoin, once the Bitcoins are sent, they are gone, so be sure to keep your log in credentials very secure. Scamming people out of their Bitcoins is big business as there is no recourse. Never give out your login info, and never send Bitcoins to anyone that you are not 100% sure is the correct recipient. 

    How do I use Bitcoins to pay Gear Depot?

    When you place an order with us, tell us that you want to pay via Bitcoin. We will provide you with a unique “Receive Address” and the amount of Bitcoins you should send, along with a timeframe that the Bitcoins must be sent in via the email you provided when placing your order.  It is very important to send the Bitcoins within the allotted time or your order may be automatically be cancelled. 

    The reason for needing to send the Bitcoins within a certain time frame is that the exchange rate can fluctuate quite a bit, even hour to hour – just like the stock market. For example, if someone placed an order for $580 worth of products, and the exchange rate is $580 per Bitcoin at the time of the order, we would request 1 Bitcoin, but if the person takes too long to send the payment, the rate could change drastically making that single Bitcoin worth far more, or far less than the $580 dollars they are trying to send us, shorting us or the buyer.

    If using a LBC account, click on your balance at the top right of the page. On the left of that page you will see “Send bitcoins” and below that it will give you your current wallet balance, “Your LocalBitcoins wallet balance: ___.______ BTC.” You will then see fields labeled “Receiving bitcoin address,” “Amount in bitcoins,” and “Your password.” 

    After hitting “Send from wallet” the transaction process will begin. You will see a message at the top of the screen reading “Success. Bitcoins sent successfully to address __________________________________.” Since it typically takes a few minutes for the Bitcoins to show in our wallet, you should email us as soon as you have sent the Bitcoins so we can expedite your order.

    If you have any other questions please go to https://depot-order.com/contact and send us a message. We strive to reply to all emails and orders within 24 hrs. If you don’t see a reply in that time, please check your spam box. Thank you!