How to Buy Bitcoin Without Fees

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Last updated Mar 05, 2024 | 09:30 AM UTC

Important notice: Since March 22th 2019, this method no longer works. As far as we know, there's no way to buy Bitcoin without fees in 2024. Still, the method described below is one of the cheapest ways to buy Bitcoin we know (0.5% maximum, depending on your trade volume).

It’s time to expose a well-guarded industry secret: how to buy Bitcoin without fees! However, if you're looking into how to buy crypto with a credit card, know that fees are a normal occurrence

One of the most attractive selling points behind the cryptocurrency revolution is cutting out the middleman.

If we cut out the middleman, then why are people still choosing to use methods that require high fees? Saving even the smallest amount on fees can have a major impact on your profits - especially if you plan on becoming a successful day trader.

Well, we have a strategy that will have you buying Bitcoin with NO FEES.

Yes, read that again - ZERO fees. 95% of people out there don’t know about this technique and end up paying fees that vary between 0.1% to 7% on all of their transactions!.

Still, if you make four trades with a 4% fee, that means 15% worth of your profits (hopefully) that are taken out of your gains.

This mistake is actually one of the most common mistakes cryptocurrency investors make, and it is featured in our Cryptocurrency Investment Strategy guide about the 50 common mistakes cryptocurrency investors make.

Enough babbling, let’s dive in and explore how to buy Bitcoin without fees.

The Secret to Buying Bitcoin with No Fees

making 4 trades with 4% fee per trade

Many best cryptocurrency exchanges allow you to buy Bitcoin with a low fee, but only a select few allow you to buy Bitcoin without any fees at all. This is a well-guarded secret, but we are about to open the floodgates.

Have you Heard of Coinbase?

The chances are you have, but Coinbase charges an average fee of 2.5% on each transaction (3.99% for credit/debit card use and 1.49% via bank account).

You may not know this, but Coinbase also runs a less popular, but very convenient trading platform called Coinbase Pro, which allows its users to buy Bitcoin with low, and even zero fees!

On the other hand, if you don't already have a Coinbase account, then you should create one now - they’re the best for newcomers. And hey, here is a special link that will allow you to get a $10 bonus if you deposit $100 or more.

Coinbase Pro: Secret Revealed

With Coinbase Pro, users can execute two types of trades:

  1. Taker trades: meaning that you are taking someone’s offer to buy or sell Bitcoin at a certain price
  2. Maker trades: meaning you are the original creator of the order in the first place. Being a maker will allow you to buy Bitcoin without fees!

Being a maker will allow you to buy Bitcoin without fees!

Check out this link to understand how Coinbase Pro’s fees work.

Getting Started with Coinbase Pro

First thing’s first - let’s get set up on Coinbase Pro. If you already have setup your Coinbase account, then you can skip this paragraph and jump straight to “Deposit from Coinbase.”

Sync your Bank Account

If you are new to the Coinbase platform, then you will need to sync your bank account with Coinbase Pro to deposit cash to get started.

To add your bank account, follow the below steps as mentioned from their website:

  1. First, open your trading view by going to
  2. On the left side under Assets, select the Deposit option
  3. Find the Currency Type drop-down menu and select USD
  4. Next, select the Bank Account tab and click on ADD BANK
  5. You will be redirected to Coinbase to complete the bank account verification process

Deposit from your Bank Account

To deposit funds once your account is synced, simply:

  1. Click on the left column under Assets and select the Deposit option
  2. Find the Currency Type drop-down menu and select USD
  3. Next, select the Bank Account tab. If your bank account is already verified, then it should be listed there under Source.
  4. From the drop-down menu, select the verified bank account you wish to deposit from
  5. Last, enter the USD amount you would like to transfer and then select the Deposit from Bank option to confirm

In case you decided to deposit money using the regular Coinbase platform, or if you already deposited money before reading this tutorial, then we should explore how to deposit funds from Coinbase to your Coinbase Pro account.

Deposit from Coinbase

Depositing from your Coinbase wallet to Coinbase Pro is the process as above for depositing from your bank accounts, except when the deposit window shows, select Coinbase Wallet, instead of SEPA Transfer. Check out the below video to see what we mean.

Select the Right Trading Pair

Once you have funds deposited, the fun begins. It’s time to get trading.

The first step is choosing the trading pair you want to trade - perhaps you want to trade between USD and Bitcoin (USD-BTC).

Additionally, there are USDC pairs, a stable coin offered in Coinbase Pro so users do not need to deposit USD, and can still speculate on the USD price fluctuations the same exact way.

Find that trading pair by clicking on the asset list towards the top left of your Coinbase Pro trading view. Once you click on that, you will see a dropdown of several trading pair options.

Choose one, and you are ready to buy and sell!

Now, it’s time to learn how to avoid these fees holding you back. Here’s the magic...

How to Buy Bitcoin without Fees using Coinbase Pro

First thing’s first: Understand the Order Book

How to Buy Bitcoin without Fees using Coinbase Pro

It’s pretty easy:

  • The order book represents the list of makers orders.
  • Green orders are buy orders (traders willing to buy Bitcoin) and red orders are sell orders (traders willing to sell their Bitcoin).
  • The trading is auction-based: the best offers will be filled first, whether we are referring to the highest buy bid or to the lowest sell bid.
  • At the top of the green orders, you’ll find the highest buy bids. At the bottom of sell orders, you’ll find the lowest sell bid.

Be Reassured Before You Place Your First Order

Whatever you do, don’t rush your trades. Take your time. What if you fill the wrong numbers in the fields? What is the worst case scenario?

Well, rest assured. Coinbase Pro has got your back. Let’s say that, by mistake, you get confused with the numbers and place an order to buy one bitcoin at $100,000 - oops!

Since Coinbase Pro is a platform that wants to protect its users, your trade will be filled at the best available market price.

If Bitcoin is currently priced at $3,456, then your order will be filled at this price, not at $100,000. Still, you should not rush your trades.

Place an Order as a Maker

Here we go, what we’ve been waiting for. To buy Bitcoin without fees requires being a maker, not a taker.

To place trades as a maker, follow the below steps:

  1. Double check you have selected the correct trading pair
  2. Choose the ‘limit’ option
  3. In the ‘limit price’ field, enter the price you would like to buy or sell at per unit of BTC. For example, $3,450 per BTC.
  4. In the ‘amount’ field, enter the amount of BTC you would like to buy or sell. For example, 1.40 BTC.
  5. Validate your order and you’re all done! If you followed the previous examples, you’ll buy/sell 1.40 BTC for the total price of $4,830 (1.4 * $3,450).

Here is a quick clip showing you how it’s done:

Once your order is validated, it should appear in the “open orders” section.

Until your order is filled, meaning a taker has completely bought or sold into your order request, it will stay as an open order.

If you want to buy purchase 10 Litecoin for example, and a taker has sold 7 Litecoin to you, then your order will remain open with 3 Litecoin left.  

To repeat, be sure to trade all orders as a limit to be a maker if you want to be fee free!

Place an Order as a Taker

This is even simpler. Simply enter the amount of Bitcoin you want to buy, and validate the order.

To place trades as a taker, follow the below steps:

  1. Double check you have selected the correct trading pair
  2. The ‘market’ option is chosen by default, so there is nothing to be done here
  3. In the ‘amount’ field, enter the amount worth of BTC you want to buy or sell. For example, enter $60 if you want to trade $60 worth of Bitcoin.  
  4. Validate your order and you’re all done!

Note: Placing an order as a taker on Coinbase Pro will incur low fees (~ 0.1%).

Well, there you have it, folks. Now that you know how to buy Bitcoin without fees, you will be able to save a TON of money.

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Michael R. is a dynamic entrepreneur and a distinguished crypto expert, recognized for his innovative ventures at the intersection of technology and finance. With a keen eye for emerging blockchain trends, he has successfully navigated the fast-paced world of cryptocurrencies, establishing a reputation as a visionary in the industry. Michael's entrepreneurial spirit drives him to push boundaries, creating groundbreaking solutions that redefine the future of finance.