How to sell cryptocurrency for cash: A beginner's guide


Want to sell your crypto for some fiat? You'll first want to have a sense of exactly what it's worth, as understanding the market value is the crucial first step.

The value of bitcoin, and any other cryptocurrency, can fluctuate significantly due to various factors such as demand and supply, market sentiment, regulatory news and technological advancements. Therefore, it's important to stay informed about the current market conditions and the price of bitcoin, or any other token, at the time of selling.

You can use reliable sources like prominent cryptocurrency exchanges or financial news outlets to keep track of bitcoin's price. Remember, bitcoin can trade at different prices across exchanges and in various regions globally due to discrepancies known as "premiums."

For instance, bitcoin often trades at comparatively higher prices in South Korea, a phenomenon called the "Kimchi premium." So, it's wise to compare prices across various platforms before making a sale.


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Choosing the right cryptocurrency exchange

The choice of the right cryptocurrency exchange to sell your crypto is another crucial step in the selling process. Crypto exchanges act as intermediaries, holding sellers' and buyers' funds, facilitating the trading process. However, each exchange has its own set of rules and requirements, and fees.

To start trading, you need to set up an account with the platform of your choice. Most reputable exchanges require identity verification and connection to a bank account for cash withdrawal. It's important to note that some exchanges have regional restrictions, meaning they may not allow participation from certain countries.

After setting up an account and transferring your crypto to the exchange, you can place a sell order, specifying the type of currency, the amount and your asking price per unit. The exchange will then complete the transaction once someone matches your offer. Remember, trading cryptocurrencies can be complex and involve multiple order types.

Withdraw the cash

After the funds are credited to your account, you'll have to withdraw them to your connected bank account if you want cash, a process that can sometimes take a while, especially if the exchange is experiencing issues with its banking providers or liquidity problems.

Be mindful of any withdrawal fees on your platform and any limits on the amount you can withdraw within a certain period. It's also worth noting that some banks may refuse to process transactions related to cryptocurrency trading. Therefore, it's important to choose a bank and an exchange that are compatible.

Keep in mind that despite offering wallet services, exchanges are not generally a secure place to store your funds due to possible hacker attacks and mismanagement risks.

If you choose to skip the exchange, and your bank, you can try and use a peer-to-peer service, or even reach out to friends and family. But if you decide to sell your BTC in person, exercise extreme caution and ensure that you are well-versed in the transaction process and potential security risks to avoid potential scams, losses, crime and other threats to your safety.

Disclaimer: This article was produced with the assistance of OpenAI’s ChatGPT 3.5/4 and reviewed and edited by our editorial team.

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About Author

Nathan Crooks is the U.S managing editor at The Block, based in Miami. He was previously at Bloomberg News for 12 years, where he helmed coverage of South Florida after roles as a breaking news editor and bureau chief in Caracas, Venezuela. He's interviewed presidents, government ministers and CEOs, and, besides crypto, has covered major news events on the ground from earthquakes to hurricanes to the Chilean mine rescue in 2018. Nathan, a native of Clarion, Pennsylvania, holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, where he completed a specialist in political science, and an MBA from American University in Washington, D.C.