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This guide is not, and should not be regarded as 'investment advice' or as a 'recommendation' regarding a course of action.
Note: Images can be clicked to see a larger version. If you're confused by any terms used, a glossary can be found here.
For this guide we'll be using the easiest & most convenient wallet option for storing your Oyster Pearl coins- provided by MyEtherWallet (which can store any coin on the Ethereum blockchain, including Oyster Pearl).
Go to myetherwallet.com and enter a password that would be hard to guess (but which you won't forget!).
Note: if you forget this password you might lose access to your coins.
Press 'Create New Wallet'.
Click 'Download Keystore File'. Be sure to read and understand the warnings.
It's very important that you back this file up somewhere safe (think multiple external hard drives and/or USB drives that you put somewhere safe).
Once you've done that, click 'I understand. Continue.'
Now you will be given a powerful unencrypted private key to your wallet.
Note: Never give your private key to anyone. If you do, they can open your wallet and take your coins.
Consider printing out your private key and storing it somewhere safe- then deleting all references to it from your computer. Why? Because sometime in the future you might get a virus, or malware, or visit a website with an advert that has malicious code.
These things will target a private key, as it's an easy way to open your wallet and steal your coins.
So why print out your private key at all, if it's so insecure? Because it's your last resort. If you lose your keystore file (e.g. your computer gets wiped or damaged), or if you forget your password, with your unencrypted private key you can still access your account as a last resort.
There is also an option to print a paper wallet (which displays everything you'd need to access your wallet).
If you choose to print this, treat it just like the Keystore file you just downloaded- keep it hidden and keep it safe.
Next, click 'Save your address'.
Now we're going to open your new wallet.
Select the 'Keystore File' option, then upload the keystore file you saved in step 2, then enter your password.
Once you're done, scroll down the page to see your opened wallet.
You will see a long string of letters and numbers labelled 'Your Address'.
This is your personal wallet address, and it's where we're going to be sending your Oyster Pearl coins.
Copy this address and keep it somewhere safe as we're going to need it soon.
Now we'll purchase the popular cryptocurrency Ethereum, so that we can exchange it for Oyster Pearl (if you already own Ethereum you can skip ahead).
Choose which Ethereum exchange you'd like to use (by clicking on the logo), and the guide will continue:
If you use this link to sign up to Coinbase we'll both receive ten dollars of free coins when you spend over $100 (or the equivalent in your currency).
Press the 'sign up' button and fill out your name (make sure this is exactly how it's written on your photo ID), email, password and location.
Just like a US bank, Coinbase is regulated by the US government, and has to follow strict financial rules. So they take verifying your identity very seriously. It's a pain, but it does give Coinbase a reputation for being the most trusted way to convert fiat currency to cryptocurrency.
To verify your account you must supply a phone number, upload an image of your photo ID and verify a credit/debit card or bank account before you can buy.
Using a credit/debit card on Coinbase means higher fees but offers instant purchasing. Using a bank transfer is cheaper but slower (taking up to a week to get your coins).
Once your payment details are verified, click 'buy/sell' on the top menu.
Select 'Ethereum', and at the bottom of the page choose how much to spend in your local currency / how many coins you want to buy.
Once you're happy with the amount, click the big 'Buy' button.
You'll be asked to confirm your purchase.
Press the 'Confirm Buy' button.
Congratulations! You now own some Ethereum. But don't close Coinbase yet, we're going to need it again in a few minutes.
Click here to go to Coinmama.
In the sign up form, enter your email address and first and last name (make sure these are exactly the same as on your photo ID).
Enter a strong password (that you won't forget!).
Select your country, tick the box to show you understand their terms and conditions and press 'Register'.
You will be sent an email to confirm your email address.
Go find that email and click the link in it.
You will be informed that your email is now confirmed. Press 'Continue'.
You will be prompted to log in. Enter your email and password and press 'Login'.
You won't be able to buy any Ethereum until you verify your account.
In the left-hand menu, click 'Verify your account'.
You will be asked to fill in your personal details. Once you have, press 'Next'.
Here you need to upload some pictures of your ID.
You're also asked to take a selfie of yourself holding your ID, as well as writing 'Coinmama' on a piece of paper with today's date.
Make sure none of these pictures are blurry, or they will be rejected.
Once you've uploaded the files you'll be informed your documents are under review- unfortunately you'll have to wait until you're verified to continue your purchase.
Click here to go to Cex.io
Click the 'Register' button along the top menu.
Enter your email address and a secure password. Click the checkbox to agree to the terms.
You will now be asked to set up 2-factor authentication for your new account. It is strongly advised not to skip this step, as 2-factor authentication makes your account far more secure.
We recommend using the 'Smartphone App' option.
Once your security has been set up, you'll be taken to your account dashboard.
Before we do anything else, head on over to your personal email account- there will be an email from Cex.io asking you to click a link to verify your account. Click it.
You will be taken to a page telling you your email has been confirmed. Click 'Go back to the site'.
Look for your user ID in the top menu, hover your mouse over it and in the drop down menu click 'Verification'.
Every exchange that lets your buy cryptocurrencies for cash require you to verify your identification before doing so.
Complete the Cex.io verification process by supplying your personal information and uploading your ID.
Once you're verified, click the 'Deposit' button along the top menu.
You now get to choose how you'd like to deposit money:
Via credit/debit card
If you choose credit/debit card you can buy instantly, but you pay commission on the money you deposit.
Via bank transfer
This option takes a few days for the transfer to arrive but has no commission fees.
Choose the method you prefer and follow the instructions to deposit your money.
Once your money is in your account, click 'BUY/SELL' on the top menu.
Choose 'ETH' and the currency you'd like to buy it in (Dollars, Euros, Pounds or Rubles).
You will be offered some precalculated amounts of Ethereum, or you can scroll to the bottom of the page and input the amount of Ethereum you'd like to buy in the 'Custom amount' box.
Once you've decided, click 'Buy'.
You'll be asked to confirm your buy.
Check everything looks correct and click 'Confirm the order'.
Congratulations- you now own some Ethereum!
While you're waiting to be verified, we'll sign up for Kucoin, so you'll be ready to exchange your Ethereum for Oyster Pearl.
We'll use the site Kucoin to exchange your Ethereum for Oyster Pearl.
We'll use the site Kucoin to exchange your Ethereum for Oyster Pearl.
We'll use the site Kucoin to exchange your Ethereum for Oyster Pearl.
Click here to go to Kucoin, and click 'Sign Up' on the top right menu.
Enter your email address, and a strong password (that you won't forget!).
You will be informed that a confirmation email has been sent to your inbox. Go find that email and click the link in it. If you don't see the email check your junk folder.
The link in the email will log you into your Kucoin account.
Before you can deposit your Ethereum into the exchange you must set up two-factor authentication on your account.
Press 'Google 2-Step' in the left side menu and follow the instructions in setting up Google Authenticator on your mobile phone/computer (though we recommend using the Authy App instead).
Once your 2-step is set up, press 'Assets' on the top menu.
In the list of coins, find Ethereum (ETH) and press 'Deposit'.
Note: Double check you've actually selected Ethereum (ETH)- if you send your coins to the wrong wallet you will lose them.
Note: Kucoin has a minimum withdrawal amount for Oyster Pearl, so if you're only making a small purchase you may not have enough coins to withdraw them to your personal wallet, and will have to store them on the exchange. You can quickly check this minimum by finding Oyster Pearl in the list, pressing 'Withdraw' and checking the 'Min withdrawal amount'.
On this screen you will be given a wallet address (a long string of numbers and letters) to deposit your Ethereum to.
Copy this address down as you'll need it soon.
Now, return to Coinbase.
Click 'Accounts' from the top menu, then find your Ethereum wallet listed on the left.
In the 'Recipient' box, paste the Ethereum wallet address we just copied from Kucoin.
In amount, type how much Ethereum you wish to send (there is a 'use max' option if you wish to send it all).
Coinbase may ask you to confirm with your password/phone. Follow the instructions until it confirms the Ethereum are sent.
Go back to Cex.io
Press 'Withdraw' on the top menu.
Under 'Select currency and amount' click 'USD' and select 'ETH' in the drop down menu.
Input the amount of Ethereum you're sending.
In the box labelled 'Enter the recipient's address below' paste the Ethereum wallet address we just copied from Kucoin.
Once you've looked everything over, click the check box to confirm you've double checked everything is correct.
You will be asked for a 2-factor authentication number.
Use your selected method of authentication to generate the number and write it in the box. Press 'Confirm'.
You will be sent an email to confirm the withdrawal.
Go to your personal email and click the link Cex.io has sent you. This will send the coins on their way.
Go back to LocalBitcoins.
You should still be in your wallet page.
In the box labelled 'Receiving Bitcoin address' paste the Ethereum wallet address we just copied from Kucoin.
Enter the amount of Bitcoin you're sending.
You will be asked to enter your password to confirm the send.
Once entered, press 'Send from wallet'.
You will be taken back to your wallet and a message will appear to confirm the Bitcoin has been sent.
Hopefully you're now verified on Coinmama, so log into your account and press 'Buy Ethereum'.
You will be presented with some buying options- you can either choose to purchase a preset amount, or at the bottom of the page enter the amount of Ethereum you want, or currency you want to convert to Ethereum.
Once you're satisfied with the amount, press the 'Buy Ethereum' button.
You will be asked to supply your Ethereum wallet address. Input the wallet address that you copied from Kucoin.
Press 'Go to payment'.
You will be asked for your credit/debit card details. Input them and press 'Pay Now'.
You may be informed that Coinmama has received your order but 'are reviewing the order and making sure you're really you.' This just means they're double checking your credit/debit card information to your personal information to be sure this is a legitimate purchase.
Once they've confirmed everything, you will be sent an email to confirm the purchase. Go to your inbox, find the email and double check it shows your correct Ethereum wallet address you copied from Kucoin. When you're happy, click the confirmation link in it.
Coinmama will now send your coins to your wallet address.
Now we've got to wait a few minutes for the coins to move across the network.
Unless there's an unusually large network backlog, the coins will take between 20 and 60 minutes to appear in your Kucoin wallet.
Kucoin will update automatically so there's no need to refresh the page. You will also be sent an email when the Ethereum hits your wallet.
While you're waiting, consider sharing this guide with your friends and followers to spread the word about Oyster Pearl, encouraging its popularity and value to grow.
Here's some share buttons to make it easy:
Once the Ethereum shows in your 'Available ETH' balance we're ready to trade it for Oyster Pearl.
Click here to jump straight to the PRL/ETH exchange market on Kucoin.
This page will look overwhelming at first, but don't panic as we'll only be using a small part of it.
First, look to the box marked 'Buy/Sell' and enter a 2-factor authentication code from your phone/computer to enable it.
On the 'Buy PRL' side of the box, click the number beside 'Best price'. This will input the lowest price that PRL are currently selling for. Below that, it will also show you how much this price is in dollars (this is price per coin).
In the box marked 'Amount', click the blue symbol beside 'Max', and this will show you the maximum amount of PRL, at this price, that you can buy with your Ethereum.
If you don't want to spend all your Ethereum right now, you can manually type the amount of PRL you wish to buy in the box, or use the slider below it to change the percentage of Ethereum spent.
Once you're happy with the amount, press 'Buy'.
Your buy order has been placed.
You will soon see your new Oyster Pearl balance appear in 'Available PRL' on the sell side of the Buy/Sell box.
If your order didn't completely fill (because there wasn't enough Oyster Pearl for sale at the price you asked to pay) then the remainder of your order will appear in 'Active orders'.
You can choose to wait and see if the order fills (which will happen if more coins become available at that price), or you can cancel the order and place a new one with a higher price.
It might be useful to take a look at the order book in the top right of the page to see how many coins are available at what price- the ones marked in red are the 'for-sale' coins.
If you're comfortable with it, you could just leave your coins on Kucoin and they would probably be safe. However, exchanges have been hacked in the past, and people have lost coins, so we do recommend you keep them in a personal wallet. Here's how:
Note: You CANNOT store Ethereum tokens, such as Oyster Pearl, on Coinbase. If you send your Oyster Pearl to Coinbase you will lose them.
Click the Kucoin logo in the top left of the screen.
Click 'Assets' in the top menu.
Find Oyster Pearl and press 'Withdraw'
In the boxes that appear, fill in this information:
Address: Put the wallet address that you copied from MyEtherWallet (in step 5).
Amount: Type the number of coins you wish to withdraw (there is a minimum amount for a withdrawal so make sure you enter a number above that).
You will also be required to enter a 2-step authentication code. Enter it and press 'Confirm'.
A pop-up will inform you the withdrawal is confirmed and has been submitted for processing. You will also be sent an email to confirm the withdrawal.
Go back to MyEtherWallet.
You should now see the Oyster Pearl (abbreviated to PRL) in your wallet under 'Token Balances'.
One note of importance is that the example wallet in this guide has no Eth in it. Why is that important?
Oyster Pearl coins exist as a token on the Ethereum network. To move Oyster Pearl coins across that network costs 'gas', which are in the form of Ether coins. If in the future you want to move your Oyster Pearl coins to another address, you're going to need some of those Ether coins to power the transaction.
You already know how to buy Ether, but you can use this guide if you're still unsure how to move them to your personal wallet.
What about when you're ready to sell your Oyster Pearl?
You simply reverse the order of tasks you performed in this guide.For example, you send your Oyster Pearl to Kucoin, exchange it for Ethereum, send that Ethereum to Coinbase Cex.io Coinmama Local Bitcoins and sell it for your preferred currency.