Let me see if I get this straight..... A "currency" was created out of thin air and now people are spending hundreds of dollars each for one reason: the belief that some other fool will pay more for it later.
Sounds like a perfect way to gamble a couple hundred dollars and see if this Ponzi Scheme takes off turning my couple hundred into a couple thousand (or more).
Could I lose it? Of course. But I am having a lot more fun than gambling a couple hundred on a casino boat. Still likely to lose my money but a whole lot better chance of walking away with more money. Play the game. Have fun. Plan on losing your money. But if I catch it just right, and get out JUST IN TIME, then I will benefit while the last ones in lose their money.
It's a Ponzi Scheme and just remember that - and have fun..............
So what makes it better than any other real world currencies? Nothing really. So everyone runs around crazy waving their hands that USD is dying (it will eventually collapse at some point, or other huge implications will happen), but bitcoin is the same, it can be destroyed by the same problems a real world currency can be, its highly volatile and isn't backed by anything (alas usd is not either).
Besides, you can always hear how the first ppl that started with it very early had some real gains. Sounds pretty much like a pyramid scheme/scam.
And remember people - think for yourself - did the original creators really wanted to "make the world a better place" or "offer an alternative to fiat currencies to help people" or just to make money.
For me - well it might not be 100% scam, but it will probably fail anyway as a bad business project.
Consider this an entirely invented medium of exchange that has not basis in fundamental value or agreed and recognised unit of exchange. It is an unregulated finite supply of nothing, artificially inflated to exploit unsuspecting persons. The only persons who win are he early inflators who get out leaving a void of nothing while the unsuspecting persons are left with literally nothing.
A real national currency, if not backed by gold silver, is backed by the economy and military might and legal system of the issuer. This is backed by nothing, but "faith".
And also looking at the various exchanges there is a large gap, for example on one exchange now the bid/asked ( in $) is 115.5by 115.8, and on another it is 113.3.. By 113.3..--a potential instant profit on arbitrage--what is that all about??
There is no supporting, stable (= governmental) infrastructure. Security depends upon software deployed on readily hacked Microsoft Windows platforms. Security depends upon continual re-verification of transaction logs that can be forged and destroyed. "Money" has value because an entity with control over the economic behavior of millions or billions of people--and with governance over trillions or quadrillions of dollars--is willing to back it. Bitcoins are beyond foolishness. Why not peanutbuttercoins?
The difficulty with Bitcoin is the production of Bitcoins, which are unregulated and not transparent to the world. There is nothing to prevent a sudden surge in Bitcoins being dumped by a creator, a major cash-in, and anyone who pays in legal fiat will be left with nothing. Oh, Bitcoins.
I do not know a whole lot about Bitcoin, but there is always a chance something new is a scam. If people are looking to use it then they should do as much research before hand to get all their facts straight. Right now, there are many scams out in the world and it is important to be on our toes.
All this bitcoin is a big scam, you support the network with hardware, time and electricity to process the transactions but eventually you give way more than you get! The only people who benefit from this currency are the initiators and the people causing the inflation, its a smart scam, a digital one.
Yes, I think that Bitcoin is a scam and makes people believe that they are receiving free money. Bitcoin is just as open to being scammed as normal, tangible money and I think that just because it is a different way of offering currency people think that they are getting a deal when they are not.
BitCoins take advantage of this emerging digital market by selling this "opportunity" to be part of the next BIG THING by preying on the down economy and regular people who will willingly trust, for an amount they normally could afford to lose, that exchange will fulfill its role. Maybe it does for a little bit but meanwhile A LOT of newly entrants are losing money in unviable fluctuations while people in the know, or the technogeek-geniuses, are making a killing by "pretending" to get their digital blocks compromised = only 46% of the pending transactions get refunded, if you're lucky enough to get a refund. Try searching up about these communities' no email back response on your cancelled transaction with your money floating in the air.
Now, add drug lord money and corrupt gov't officials gambling their bribe money online for complete anonymity---do you see the bigger picture now? I'm sure there are bots tracking all our posts here in the digital cloud right now with the BIG 500 Companies doing analytics on the viability of this digital extension.
Would you contribute to this QUESTIONABLE underground "over the cloud" trade? I call this the new online gambling. I just hope your mode of payment wasn't digital or you'd have Big Brother all over you not long from now cryptocollecting your info for which 10 years for now could be used to: (fill in blanks here): ie. Take money from your online account incrementally over 40 years without you knowing or just plainly stealing your identity. Remember these underground economy grows exponentially.
If this free market model constantly attracts new people with ever increasing acceptance of low integrity transactions and the medium of exchange eventually runs out of memory to create new mediocre trading platforms (Bitcoins can only have about $21M digital currency and we now have about $11M floating), what happens next?
BUBBLE bursts. Creators win and the rest lose. SCAM much?
Bitcoin is a pure information system and 100% open source. Basically it is a simulation of gold, but without the all the baggage that gold comes with (not seizable, heavy or counterfeitable). Bitcoin sets the bar very high as a currency and due to no middle men the transaction costs are very low.
Ignore it at your peril.
Its a protocol people, and one of the best ones yet invented, the only people calling this a scam are the ones who don´t know anything about it. Is it risky to invest your money into? Yes. Does that make it a scam? No. This shouldn´t even be on the table for debate
I'm surprised that so many people at the end of 2013 still seem to not understand what Bitcoin is. Oh well, at least I see things changing.
If Bitcoin is a scam, then the US dollar is a far greater scam. As long as there is internet access, bitcoin can do what gold does 10 times better.
Bitcoin has the potential to displace or even completely replace Western Union. It has the potential to greatly displace gold and other precious metals as a store of value.
It is controlled by no single party and is both decentralized and distributed. Who is the scammer, if there is no one in charge of it?
Bitcoin is open sourced. All the details are in the paper and no one is out there to con you or anything. Even if the founder wants to generate more bitcoins now he can't without going through more than 50% consensus. You can choose not to buy in to it but that's different from a scam.
It's also designed to be used as a currency, not an investment. Right now it's at its infancy hence the value fluctuates a lot but it's not designed to help people make loads of money. If you are getting in hoping to get really rich (and didn't) then it's really your own fault.
Bitcoin also doesn't magically help money launderers and drug dealers either. Guess what's better than bitcoin for that? Cash. Cash transactions are untraceable and private unlike bitcoin, so unless we want to ban cash not sure why bitcoin is blamed for that. The hard part of money laundering is usually not in tracing the money anyway, but rather justifying your source of income. For example if you have no job and suddenly bought an expensive house (with cash or bitcoin) you better have a compelling story to tell IRS...
With bitcoin people are actually in control on their own money. It allows for less dependency on third parties and middlemen who always take a slice of the profit for themselves. If you're looking for the scam, you need only look at the fiat currencies used by countries. The reason people are buying bitcoin is because they realize it's utility as a currency.
Bitcoin is a bubble, and so is every other form of money. A bubble is when people buy an asset, not to use it, but to trade it for some other asset at a later date. Like Las Vegas real estate in 2007, or Amazon.Com stock in 1999, or tulip bulbs in 1637. And also like US dollars and like gold. If an asset is held only to trade it away later, and it fails to become money, the bubble pops and it becomes worthless. If it becomes money... Well, the bubble can continue, weathering every adverse condition imaginable for 6000+ years, as with gold.
Sceptics can read the source code, and evaluate it. Everything in bitcoin is completely open, that's the beauty of it.
If it is a scam, why can I buy actual things with it right now?
There's going to be a bumpy road ahead, much like any new technology before it goes mainstream.
Its a decentralized (meaning nobody can scam you) digital currency that floats like a real currency, except no one country backs it, the people who own bitcoins back it, and add value to it at the same time. They can exist completely without any one central authority. Completely decentralized, yup.
Decentralized, instant, and easy enough for the whole world to use. In comparison to money bitcoins are safer to use. You cannot get mugged for bitcoins rather than paper money. Also when transferring money across the world there is no better way to do than bitcoins because of what I said it is instant and you also will not have to pay conversion fees. What else do people need?
A decentralized currency with a limited volume is a fascinating concept. And the technical design of bitcoin is equally as fascinating. Anyone else getting into bitcoins? It certainly feels like the future to me.
One of the simple arguments against Bitcoin is that it's fake money, it's just digital. Whereas USD is backed by the Federal government, an organization that you can depend on using threat of violence to elicit tax from it's population. However beyond currency exchange to establish value (trading USD for bitcoin & vice versa), as commodity & service industries adopt Bitcoin it's value is established.
For example if one major bread manufacturer declared that they would begin trading in bitcoin, that alone would establish bitcoin value. Bitcoin is worth bread, and bread has real value. So similarly as more small businesses, and individuals trade bitcoin for commodities & services, that builds real value in bitcoin. And it is free of government or banks stealing percentages via taxes & fees. And because bitcoin has a production cap, it's more real than the imaginary value attributed to paper notes that can be printed infinitely.
Isn't this power to the people? A currency to provide efficient barter of goods & services, free of corrupt governments & banks?