Originally posted – August 28th 2014 – Read our updated review from May 2015 here.
So the other day I was looking to buy some bitcoins, and had a very difficult time trying to purchase a small amount of bitcoin with normal consumer payment methods.
So giving up on that, I had heard that the guys in GSM Solutions on Upper Abbey Street (between Jervis St and Four Courts Luas stops) sold Bitcoin. They have a Bitcoin ATM there, but for speed (and because I have a PC wallet and didn’t want to have to install a mobile wallet) I opted to go for generate bitcoins from their till, just like phone credit.
I asked if there was a minimum, and they responded that any amount over €5 was grand. So I decided how much I wanted to buy, and had €30 on me so got that. In about a half a minute, they had printed off my bitcoins voucher. When I got home, I just had to visit the URL on the reciept and enter in my code and where I wanted the bitcoins sent. Immediately, my Bitcoin Armory wallet flashed up that a payment for the amount was received, and began confirming it.
Looking at the value I got, the amount I paid was €30 which included 13.5% VAT. For this I received 0.07712 btc, which means that inclusive of VAT, the rate I got was €389/bitcoin, and exclusive of VAT the mount I bought was €26.43, giving a rate of €342.71/bitcoin, which was pretty bang on the days normal euro rate over on btc-e.com .
So in review I found the process of buying bitcoins with cash very straightforward, much quicker, and less hassle than I expected. I’ll go back soon to try buying bitcoin using their ATM option
You can read all our articles about Irish Bitcoin ATMs to find one near you that's available to use. You can receive a 20% transaction fee discount on your first purchase of €100 or more using promo code BITIRL on any Bitcove ATM.
We get asked all the time the handiest ways to buy crypto. For the lowest fees, we recommend CoinMate, a long standing EU exchange with low fees and quick deposits via Revolut. Too complicated? You'll pay more in fees/difference in exchange rate to an exchange, but it can be easier for the uninitiated to use a local bitcoin ATM in Ireland to buy crypto with cash, use an Irish broker like Bitcove, CEX (not the game shop), which lets you buy with credit/debit cards, or Coinbase if you want a mobile app linked to a bank card.
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