Bitcoin.de is a fairly major European bitcoin marketplace, based in Germany, in association with FIDOR Bank. They are not an exchange (like Bitfinex or Bitstamp) nor are they a centralized broker (like Coinbase). Instead, they are operate under an eBay-like model, similar to LocalBitcoins. Buyers and sellers offer prices, much like on a traditional exchange, but fulfillment is slower.
Overall, Bitcoin.de will provide a user experience similar to that of Coinbase, but with lower liquidity, albeit in a different environment. I’d suggest that most people would be better off using Bitstamp.
- BTC to and from Euros only
- ~2-3% higher priced than BTC-e (mostly due to lack of Euros on BTC-e)
- Several day clearing process
- Fairly easy to use
- Enough liquidity for a normal person, nowhere near enough for a major investor or trader
- Fairly solid security for both buyers and sellers
- Fees of about 1%, split between buyer and seller
- Completely unusable for traders–this is for small, occasional purchases
- Fraud prevention process can be slow
- Basically not an exchange
- Fairly high slippage and low liquidity / volume–it’s hard to buy more than 3 bitcoin without experiencing at least 1% slippage.
Arbitrary Bitcoin.de Review Ratings:
Ease of Use: 7/10
Trading Utility: 2/10
Customer Service: 7/10
Would I recommend it to my mother? If she were German.