Well, there are a bunch of ways you can obtain BitCoin. You can buy them from an exchange. You can buy them from an individual. You can request to be paid for a service or product in them (as opposed to Credit card / check / cash) You can sell stuff for them (actual barter) You can get them given to you as a tip or gratuity for something insightful you may have posted on the internet You can get them from some places that give away Bitcoin as a promotion You can beg for them. There are even hackers that may encrypt your entire hard drive and blackmail you for them. (ok, there is mining but the cost to get into mining them is a few grand and you may never get a return on investment .. so I'm going to say not to try getting them this way unless you have free electricity, and don't care if you'll ever make a profit before your equipment becomes obsolete in 3 months) Oh don't attempt to buy bitcoin from an ebay seller. ebay hates bitcoin, and so does paypal. Many accounts have been frozen due to Bitcoin activity.