Outlines how to get Ether.

Note that you should only buy Ether (or any cryptocurrency except for stable ones like DAI or USDT) with risk capital, i.e. money that you can afford to lose, because of the volatile nature of Ether.

In order to obtain Ether, you need to either:

  • trade other currencies for ether using centralised or trustless services
  • not recommended as it\'s not very user friendly: use the user friendly Mist Ethereum GUI Wallet that as of Beta 6 introduced the ability to purchase ether using the API.
  • not recommended: become an Ethereum miner (see here. Note that this Homestead guide is outdated, which is the same as this mining wiki). However, this is not recommended as Ethereum is going to transition to proof-of-stake, making mining obsolescent. Becoming a miner would involve investing in a mining rig (several GPUs, plus maybe other hardware if needed, like a compatible computer), which is unlikely to get a return on investment before PoS is implemented.

After you get Ether it is recommended that you transfer it to a wallet which you have the private key for, such as MyEtherWallet or MyCrypto or Guarda Wallet. Then to use Ether to make transfers MetaMask(a browser extension which allows Ethereum dApps to be run through your browser) is recommended.

Trustless services

Note that the Ethereum platform is special in that the smart contracts enable trustless services that obviate the need for trusted third parties in a currency exchange transaction, i.e. disintermediate currency exchange businesses. Note that these services may still require some level of trust, e.g. in the service provider.

Projects that have launched includes:

  • Those listed in this Etherscan chart.
  • LocalEthereum allows exchanging Ether for fiat currencies, like Localbitcoin. \"The smart contract allows users to safely exchange ether with one another, and to name a trusted third-party to mediate a trade if a dispute arises. Currently, the trusted mediator is always, but the contract will be adapted in the future to switch over to a reputation-based distributed arbitrator pool.\" The source of this quote is here.
  • EtherDelta. I (James Ray) found that the charts on the site weren\'t very good on January 1, 2017, so I sent a tweet giving feedback. This is good for trading tokens. Unfortunately I tried to make a deposit with a small amount, so that I could then buy a token but nothing happened.
  • ForkDelta claim to have \"a ton of improvements including a much faster order processing system. It interacts with ForkDelta\'s revamped API and EtherDelta\'s original contract.\"
  • Trade Ogre apparently are fast and have low fees, but they don\'t have many tokens listed.
  • Next.Exchange call themselves a hybrid decentralized crypto exchange, although it is vague/unclear how their exchange model works.

Projects that have not been released yet (as of Dec 14 2017) includes:

List of centralised exchange marketplaces

Exchange Currencies

Poloniex BTC Kraken BTC, USD, EUR, CAD, GBP Gatecoin BTC, EUR Bitfinex BTC, USD Bittrex BTC Bluetrade BTC, LTC, DOGE HitBTC BTC Livecoin BTC Coinsquare BTC Bittylicious GBP BTER CNY Yunbi CNY Metaexchange BTC

You can also search for \"\<insert your country> Ether exchange\".

There\'s also this: For further info (which lists more exchanges), see here.

Centralised fixed rate exchanges

Exchange Currencies

Shapeshift BTC, LTC, DOGE, Other Karsha 75+ Crypto/ERC20, 3 Fiat (USD) Bity BTC, USD, EUR, CHF

Trading and price analytics

Online wallets, paper wallets, and cold storage {#online-wallets-and-storage-solutions}

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Keep examples here, maybe explain paranoid practices, list dangers :::