How To Cash Out Bitcoin – An Article

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Although it’s safe to say that Bitcoin is a lot more popular today than it was even one year ago, it hasn’t reached a significant level of adoption compared to fiat money. Even though several products and blockchain projects have been built around it, Bitcoin has continuously shown that it cannot be used as a stable form of money.

This has led to regulatory problems, issues with banks, and ultimately, lack of acceptance by businesses. It’s quite common to convert Bitcoin assets into fiat currency to be used for purchasing items.

Bitcoin has also proven that it can be a great trade and investment vehicle, but it also can be a terrible one. So if a user holds Bitcoin and there’s an impending decline in the market, it’s reasonable to liquidate BTC by converting it to cash.

What Are The Main Methods Of Cashing Out Bitcoin?

There are four main methods of cashing out Bitcoin for fiat currency. They include peer-to-peer exchange, third-party broker exchange, Bitcoin ATM, or bitcoin debit card.

  1. PEER-TO-PEER EXCHANGE

Peer-to-peer exchanges connect Bitcoin users and match them according to their buy and sell orders so that they can carry out the exchange by themselves. For example, if Person A is looking to sell Bitcoin at $7,000 per unit and person B is looking to buy some at a similar price, the exchange matches them and they carry out the transaction without the interference of the exchange.

There are three ways to accept cash on a P2P exchange: through a cash deposit, bank transfer or in-person. Cash deposits and bank transfers are generally safe but it is advisable to request a proof of identity to avoid fraud.

HOW TO CASH OUT BITCOIN ON A PEER-TO-PEER EXCHANGE

  • Register on a P2P exchange and set a price to sell Bitcoin
  • Wait for the exchange to match a buyer
  • Contact the buyer and make arrangements for payment through a cash deposit, bank transfer or physical cash
  • Put the Bitcoins in escrow until the payment is received
  • Release the Bitcoins to the buyer

Pros

  • It is fast compared to a third-party broker exchange
  • It has fewer charges
  • It gives users total control over who they transact with

Cons

  • It is less secure than a centralized broker exchange.

Some existing peer-to-peer exchanges include Paxful and Localcoinswap, which have no charges, and Localbitcoins, which has a trading fee of 1%.

  • THIRD-PARTY BROKER EXCHANGE

Third-party broker exchanges, or centralized cryptocurrency exchanges as they are commonly called, handle the entire exchange of Bitcoin for cash. For example, on a platform like Binance or Coinbase, a user can enter a buy request and be automatically matched to another sell order.

HOW TO CASH OUT BITCOIN USING A THIRD-PARTY BROKER EXCHANGE

  • Research the best exchanges and choose the best one based on a personal set of requirements
  • Register for an exchange account
  • Deposit Bitcoin into the exchange account wallet
  • Place a sell order

Pros

  • It is more secure and less stressful than peer-to-peer exchanges

Cons

  • Exchanges have more control over user funds
  • Slow withdrawal times. For example, a cash withdrawal on Coinbase takes anywhere between 1 and 5 days to complete.

Some good third-party exchanges are Kraken, Binance, Coinbase, Bitfinnex, and Poloniex.

  • BITCOIN ATM

A Bitcoin ATM allows anyone to buy or sell bitcoin using a credit card or cash. It looks just like a regular ATM, except that it isn’t tied to a bank account. Currently, there are more than 2000 Bitcoin ATMs spread around the world.

It is straightforward and secure, and allows a person to withdraw cash or Bitcoin without dealing with another party.  Bitcoin ATMs vary by operation and some available types include Genesis1 Bitcoin ATM, Satoshi1 Bitcoin ATM, Lamassu Bitcoin ATM, and BitAccess Bitcoin ATM.

HOW TO CASH OUT USING A BITCOIN ATM

  • First, locate the nearest Bitcoin ATM by visiting Coinatmradar, a site that shows a live map of functional BTC ATMs
  • On the ATM, choose the cash withdrawal option
  • When asked for a currency choice, pick Bitcoin
  • Choose the withdrawal amount
  • Send BTC from a mobile wallet to the QR code provided by the ATM.
  • Collect cash

Pros

  • It is secure
  • The process of using a Bitcoin ATM is more straightforward than using an exchange
  • No registration needed

Cons

  • Bitcoin ATMs are static and cannot be used without being physically at the machine
  • They are not common, especially in developing countries

Bitcoin ATMs are usually found inside restaurants, shops, retail stores, airports, or malls.

  • BITCOIN DEBIT CARD

A Bitcoin debit card allows a user to withdraw cash instantly even when it’s loaded with Bitcoin. One great example is the CEX.io debit card, which is linked to the CEX.io exchange. This a good way to cash out Bitcoins when there are more traditional ATMs than Bitcoin ATMs around.

HOW TO USE A BITCOIN DEBIT CARD

  • Search for crypto debit card providers like Uquid
  • Register for a debit card
  • Add the card to the preferred exchange wallet
  • Either sell Bitcoin on the exchange and withdraw the cash to the debit card or send Bitcoin directly to it
  • Withdraw cash using the card at a normal ATM

Pros

  • It is a better option than Bitcoin ATMs for developing countries
  • Most card providers offer instant withdrawal

Cons

  • Fees can be as high as $3 per withdrawal
  • An Exchange account is needed most times

Some of the best Bitcoin debit card providers include Wirex, Cryptopay, Bitpay, and Uquid.

Final Thoughts

When dealing with Bitcoin, users will need to cash out at some point. Whether due to a fall in price, the need to convert crypto investments into traditional ones, or just the need to spend cash instead of BTC, the need always arises.

Centralized cryptocurrency exchanges are currently the most common way to convert any cryptocurrency to cash.Bitcoin ATMs and debit cards are not as common but are also easy, safe ways to cash out Bitcoin.

It’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each before choosing any of these options. Ultimately, they have the same outcome but depending on a user’s location, and other preferences, they are all drastically different.

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