Bitcoin for backpage and cracker

Sexworkers guide to… Paying for advertising with bitcoin

Disclaimer PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL WITH YOUR MONEY AND TRANSACTIONS. THIS ADVICE IS GENERAL IN NATURE AND IS NOT LEGAL OR FINANCIAL ADVICE.

I highly advise reading https://bitcoin.org/en/you-need-to-know at a minimum. Also understand there are risks associated with using Bitcoin. Further information at https://www.weusecoins.com/en/questions/ in particular the Security https://www.weusecoins.com/en/questions/#security and disadvantages https://www.weusecoins.com/en/questions/#what-are-the-disadvantages-of-bitcoin sections

What is bitcoin

Bitcoin is a type of currency that is virtual, you might hear it called cryptocurrency. Think of it as internet money. You can’t hold it in your hand or stuff it under your actual mattress but it works in some physical stores and online sites that are set up to take bitcoin like any other money. Luckily for us backpage.com and cracker.com both accept bitcoin.

“Bitcoin is a digital currency, meaning it’s money controlled and stored entirely by computers spread across the internet” http://www.wired.com/2013/11/bitcoin-survival-guide/

“Bitcoin isn’t just a currency, like dollars or euros or yen. It’s a way of making payments, like PayPal or the Visa credit card network. It lets you hold money, but it also lets you spend it and trade it and move it from place to place, almost as cheaply and easily as you’d send an email.” http://www.wired.com/2013/11/bitcoin-survival-guide/

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Getting bitcoin

Opening a bitcoin account

If you own bitcoins you will have a private key which is like an weird looking internet address that’s a register of your bitcoins. You’ll need a program called a wallet to manage your private keys and bitcoins.

“As with paper money, you can save Bitcoins in a wallet, which stores the public and private keys needed to identify the Bitcoins and execute a transaction. These can be digital wallets that exist in secure cloud environments or on a computer, or they can take physical form. If a wallet is hacked or you lose your private Bitcoin key, you no longer have access to that Bitcoin. Possession of the public address and private key amounts to possession of the Bitcoin.” http://venturebeat.com/2014/02/17/bitcoin-for-idiots-an-introductory-guide/

There are many excellent wallets for smartphones, desktops and web access. For a good list try https://bitcoin.org/en/choose-your-wallet I’m going to suggest for desktops/web applications (note that web based may potentially be less secure)

and for smartphones

but check out the options and find something you are comfortable with. And as always READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS! I haven’t gone over all of them yet and they may change.

*Update: check closely that your wallet doesn’t have anti-sexworkers policies. Coin Cafe and Coinbase should be avoided. Also be aware that many wallets have “must be legal in your location’ terms in their legal policies.

Buying bitcoin

Generally speaking some bitcoin wallets will let you transfer money from your bank account to your wallet. Note that to use your wallet with a bank account you will most likely need to meet identity verification requirement https://support.coinjar.com/hc/en-us/articles/202909955-Verifying-your-identity for example, essentially government issued photo ID and a statement showing your full name and current residential address and it could take a few days to process. If you don’t want to do this see below for buying bitcoin with cash.

Cash options

It is possible to buy bitcoins without a bank account or without linking your wallet to a bank account. WARNING! Be careful with who you trade with. Check reputations and avoid scams.

Bitcoin Australia https://www.coinloft.com.au/ take payments for bitcoin by creating an order online and then doing an over the counter bank deposit at any Commonwealth, ANZ, Westpac or NAB bank branch.

Local bitcoins https://localbitcoins.com/ is a marketplace for trading bitcoins locally for cash or online payments of your choice, you can search by location and see who will accept cash or over the counter bank deposit. Please read https://localbitcoins.com/guides/security for security information.

Bitcoin ATM’s exist as well but there are not many of them. Try http://abatech.com.au/ (requires government ID even for cash) and http://coinatmradar.com/ or http://www.bitrocket.co for an ATM search.

For more information on buying bitcoins try  https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Buying_Bitcoins_(the_newbie_version)

My process for buying and using bitcoin

I have set up a fully verified Coinjar account in my real name and linked to my personal bank accounts. I also have a Blockchain wallet set up with Corrines  email. My preference for buying bitcoin is through an ATM and I will load it onto either of the wallets. If I’m not near an ATM then I use Coinjar to buy bitcoin using their BPay. I then either use it straight from Coinjar for everyday things like buying coffee or if I want to use things as Corrine I transfer it to my Blockchain wallet. If you are concerened about transactions between wallets being monitored I would suggest using a mixing service such as https://bitmixer.io/ but to be honest I don’t bother.

This works for me in Australia as an Australian. Otherwise to buy I would use ATM’s or a reputable seller through local bitcoins (see above).

When taking payments from clients I have a few separate addresses in my blockchain wallet so I can keep track of where things have come from.

Using Bitcoin

On cracker and backpage (they are basically the same) log into your account or look at the bottom of the front page for a link  called ‘Buy Credits (new!)’. This will bring up a page looking like this (cracker just has a different color scheme), you will need to expand the bitcoin section. Backpage

On the new screen enter a credit amount and then the select button under bitcoin. This will give you a page like this which has a QR code that can be scanned by a mobile wallet and a link to launch your web or desktop wallet or you can manually send the transaction. For more help on this see the help guide in the wallet application that you use.

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13 thoughts on “Bitcoin for backpage and cracker

  1. Superb Guide.!
    Please add Paxful as a place to buy bitcoins fast and without hassle.
    https://paxful.com

    We’ve helped hundreds of folks from backpage over the past week and we’ve been very impressed with their business acument, research and willingness to share and learn.
    http://blog.paxful.com/chargeisdeclined-what-5-days-of-helping-backpage-refugees-taught-us/

    Superb work. Sharing with the community is what Bitcoin is all about, You’re naturals.

    -Paxful

  2. Great guide Corrine.

    Thanks for referencing us already in your guide, that was nice to see.

    It has certainly been a challenge for new users coming to terms with bitcoin. Coin Loft have helped many Aussies in the last week or so to purchase bitcoin, it has made us realise just how confusing it can be.

    With some help from our backpage customers, we have created a couple of user guides targeted at new users, these can be found on our website as below.

    Coin Loft
    Bitcoin Guide
    Wallet Guide

    We welcome you to the bitcoin community, we are always after feedback to help our customers so let us know if we can be of assistance.

    Coin Loft

  3. This is wonderful information. Thank you so much for posting. I advertise on backpage and still can’t believe the news about MasterCard and Visa. I’ve never used Bitcoin but I have done a lot of research and I’m extremely reluctant to use it due to security issues. Other than backpage ads being paid with money orders or Bitcoin, does anyone think another alternative will be considered?

    1. Have a look around, I’ve heard that you can put money on another site that transfers to your backpage account. Don’t know the details though

    2. Yes, if you aren’t comfortable with bitcoin you are right not to use it. I’ve heard backpage is looking at other payment processors but in the meantime it is free to post ads.

  4. great guide.

    Spoke on the phone to someone at Paxful and they walked me through the whole thing step by step. I bought my first $20 worth of bitcoin and managed to boost a few ads right away.

    It was frustrating at first when I couldn’t use my debit but they explained everything and were so patient. It’s easy after the first time. The nice man in Paxful said they were working with BackPage to make it easier. Stick with it , it does work.

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