Ok, you guys have sucked me in. I just got done reading Patel's thread and found some of the things happening in the future really interesting. I've been wanting to setup an account to buy/sell bitcoin for a little while now. The problem, aside from me being a bit of a cryptocurrency newb, is I've been reading sketchy things about about the vendors I was considering using. I've made an account with Mt. Gox and I was going to verify there as I heard they're more or the less the biggest company to trade with so I figured at least to get my feet wet I'd try there. I read though on here just recently someone had been going on 20 days now w/o a response from them about his verification and he had sent everything properly. So that kinda made me wonder there, I know there's been a ton of activity lately so I was thinking they're probably just pretty backed up. Then I saw a place called Coinbase. That started out great as the first couple reviews looked promising, unfortunately the deeper I dug the more and more I started to see a recurring theme of dodgy customer service, cancellations with very vague reasons if any, and some flat out shady practices in general. I'm not one that's going to just go off of the 1 angry flamer either, there's dozens of posts I just read dating up to as recently as last week. So if you were to recommend a place that's efficient and trustworthy what would it be. I'm not trying to be an idiot and scam my way in or anything, I don't mind linking my real bank account to a legit service, but that's just what I'm looking for I guess. Or if you have any experiences to share that might help I'd really appreciate it, and it might help someone else later too. Thanks again as I've already learned a decent lil bit just poking around here, especially thanks to W13SN and Patel as their threads have actually intrigued me quite a bit.