Localethereum is a place where you can find people to trade with — these could be individuals like you on the other end of the market, or established businesses and brokers.
Buyers and sellers connect on localethereum to dodge the hassles of centralised exchanges. Over-the-counter trading is simple, quick, safe and private.
Check our step-by-step guide on how to buy ether.
Transfers of ether between buyers and sellers are escrowed using a decentralised Ethereum smart contract. Instead of trusting a central authority to hold and release funds, localethereum's escrow system is trust-less. We never take control of your ether.
In the event of a payment dispute, parties can authorise our team to resolve the trade. Learn more.
Messages between buyers and sellers are end-to-end encrypted using a mechanism inspired by the Signal protocol. Every conversation is protected by a unique secret key which self-destructs after completion.
We can only decipher message history if the secret key is volunteered to our team, for example during a payment dispute. Learn how it works.
In case you haven't heard, centralised exchanges have been the subject of hacks, thefts and grave errors since the first MtGox scandal in 2011. Over $1 billion worth of crypto has been reported stolen at the hands of exchanges. Check our exhaustive timeline of crypto-exchange catastrophes if you can't believe the scale of this snowballing trend.
We never take custody of your wallet, so users are immune to these catastrophes. The keys to your ether are kept encrypted in your browser at all times.
Stay up to date with the latest crypto-news and connect with other localethereum traders and staff in our official Telegram group.
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