Bitcoin hit a record high above $11,000 on Wednesday, November 29.比特币在11月29日星期三创下11,000美元的历史新高。Two years ago, the idea of buying the virtual currency even at that price was laughable. After a rapid rise in value in 2013, the cryptocurrency's value more than halved by mid-2015.两年前,以这个价格购买虚拟货币的想法是可笑的。在2013年迅速升值后,比特币的价值在2015年中期之前已经减半。At its lowest point, one bitcoin was equal to about $230.在它的最低点,一个比特币大约等于230美元。Given the currency's covert nature, the average person still may not understand how buying and selling actually works.鉴于货币的隐蔽性,普通人仍然可能不了解买卖的实际运作方式。Using the app Coinbase, which lets anyone trade bitcoins for a small fee, we decided to find out.我们决定使用app Coinbase,让任何人以小额费用交易比特币。A brief warning: If you're going to do this, tell your bank you're about to buy bitcoin. More on that later.一个简短的警告:如果你打算这样做,告诉你的银行你要买比特币。稍后再谈。1.pngThis is what the Coinbase app looks like on an iPhone.这就是Coinbase应用在iPhone上的样子。 2.pngWhen you first open the app, you're presented with the latest price of bitcoin and its change within a certain period. You can see in the chart below how wild the latest moves have been. (We bought the bitcoin in January 2017.)当你第一次打开应用程序时,你会看到比特币的最新价格及其在一定时期内的变化。你可以在下面的图表中看到最新的变动是多么的疯狂。(我们在2017年1月购买了比特币。) 3.pngI happen to be one of the many who have never traded bitcoin before. There's a certain level of wariness in buying into the cryptocurrency world.我碰巧是许多从未交易过比特币的人之一。在购买加密货币的世界里,有一定程度的谨慎。 4.pngHowever, Coinbase's interface makes it simple to enter the basic personal information it needs to create your account.但是,Coinbase的界面使得输入创建帐户所需的基本个人信息变得简单。 5.pngUser-friendliness quickly hit a snag. When I put in my address, the app didn't recognize I had already selected it from the autofill menu. I couldn't proceed unless I switched to the desktop app.用户友好很快遇到了障碍。当我输入我的地址时,应用程序没有意识到我已经从自动填写菜单中选择了它。我不能继续,除非我切换到桌面应用程序。 6.pngSo switch I did. From the desktop portal I could easily enter more identifying info.所以我做切换。从桌面门户,我可以很容易地输入更多的识别信息。 7.pngThe final step before entering my financial information was two-step verification for security, which Coinbase quickly sent to my phone.进入我的财务信息前的最后一步是对安全的两步验证,Coinbase很快就发送给了我的手机。 8.pngI decided to give the app another try and opted to use my debit card to buy the bitcoin.我决定再试一试,选择用我的借记卡来购买比特币。 9.pngEntering all my information was just as straightforward as everything else. The problem was that I couldn't exit this screen. Neither the "buy" nor "not now" option registered. I had to press the X and start all over.输入我所有的信息就像其他事情一样简单。问题是我不能离开这个屏幕。“购买”和“现在”选项都没有注册。我必须按X,然后从头开始。 10.pngUltimately, and frustratingly, it was back to the desktop. So far, the actual process of buying bitcoin was simple — the app itself was my only nemesis. My $50 ended up buying 0.0524 of one bitcoin.最终,令人沮丧的是,它又回到了桌面。到目前为止,购买比特币的实际过程很简单——应用程序本身就是我唯一的宿敌。我的50美元最终购买了一个比特币的0.0524。 11.pngNo looking back! (Until I sell, of course.)不回头!(当然,直到我卖出。) 12.pngOh. It appeared the price was falling pretty fast the morning I decided to buy. I went back to try again, doing my best to outrun the falling price.哦。我决定买的那天早上,价格似乎很快就下跌了。我又回去重试,尽力超越跌价。 13.pngI own bitcoin! Well, a small fraction of a bitcoin. But now this means I could sit on my hypothetical tiny pile of cryptocurrency and hope it amasses value.我自己的比特币!嗯,比特币的一小部分。但现在,这意味着我可以坐在我假想的比特币堆上,希望它能增值。 14.pngInstead, I decide to sell off immediately. (But not before shedding a single tear for the 12 cents I've already had to part with.)相反,我决定立即出售。(但在为我已经不得不放弃的12美分而流下一滴眼泪之前,不要再这样做了。) 15.pngTo sell the bitcoin, Coinbase only allows users to pair their bank account with the app; a credit or debit card won't suffice.为了出售比特币,Coinbase只允许用户将其银行账户与应用程序配对;信用卡或借记卡是不够的。 16.pngSo I scrolled through the options to pick my bank.所以我通过选择我的银行。 17.pngAnd we're back to the desktop. When I tried to sell the bitcoin, the app told me either the amount was invalid or I couldn't pay with the given method. I didn't understand what that meant and didn't want to enter a wrong number.我们又回到了桌面。当我试图出售比特币时,应用程序告诉我,要么是金额无效,要么是我无法用给定的方法支付。我不明白那是什么意思,不想输入错误的数字。 18.pngLuckily, the online experience is much smoother. My bank account showed up right where it should have, and I sold the bitcoin just like I bought it.幸运的是,在线体验更流畅。我的银行账户显示了它应该有的地方,我把比特币卖了,就像我买的一样。 19.pngSince Coinbase wasn't linked to my bank account, the transaction needs a few days to process before the money is transferred.由于Coinbase与我的银行账户没有关联,所以在转账之前,交易需要几天的时间来处理。 20.pngA small hiccup: When I went to sell the bitcoin, I had to estimate the amount. The numbers were inconsistent in certain places depending on the bitcoin value or the dollar value. I ended up with one penny left over.一个小插曲: 当我去卖比特币的时候,我不得不估计一下比特币的数量。这些数字在某些地方是不一致的,这取决于比特币的价值或美元的价值。最后剩下一分钱。 21.pngWhen I tried to close the account, that penny proved to be an issue. As much as I tried to send the lone cent with addresses I found around the internet, Coinbase didn't let me. Here's to hoping bitcoin skyrockets and my investment quadruples in value.当我试图关闭这个账户时,这一便士被证明是一个问题。尽管我试图用我在互联网上找到的地址来发送那唯一的一分钱,但Coinbase并没有让我这么做。希望比特币skyrockets和我的投资价值翻两番。 22.pngOh, and a final thing: When I tried to buy lunch after all this, my card got declined. My bank had blocked the card after the initial purchase.哦,还有最后一件事:当我尝试购买午饭后,我的卡被拒绝了。初次购买后,我的银行已经封锁了这张卡。Apparently, I wasn't the only one who was wary about going into all this.显然,我并不是唯一一个对这个问题保持警惕的人。