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How to Buy Ethereum Classic (ETC)

Ethereum Classic (ETC) was created in 2016 when a group of Ethereum (ETH) users elected not to upgrade to new code recommended by project developers.


Since that code made changes that would make it incompatible with earlier Ethereum versions, anyone who continued to use older software was effectively left using a new cryptocurrency.

This means Ethereum and Ethereum Classic’s technology initially had the same features. However, buyers should note Ethereum Classic has since differentiated its technology.

We unpack more details about the difference between Ethereum and Ethereum Classic in our full “What is Ethereum Classic?” guide. If you’re unsure whether Ethereum Classic makes sense for your portfolio, it’s recommended reading. 


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If you’re not sure if you’ve got the basics, this guide will show you how to buy ETC and store it safely. If you’d like to jump right in and buy now, click the button below.

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Why buy Ethereum Classic?


Ethereum Classic allows developers to create new cryptocurrencies and decentralized applications that can run autonomously on a blockchain.

These programs, more commonly known as decentralized applications, can include anything from exchanges to prediction markets to games.

Some investors would also argue Ethereum Classic’s fixed supply makes it a good store of value, as its cryptocurrency should become more scarce over time.

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Reasons to buy ETC

  • Use its ecosystem of decentralized applications 
  • Hold your money in a cryptocurrency with a finite supply 
  • Trade cryptocurrencies to pursue profits 
  • Voice your belief in the technology’s long-term potential

Where to buy Ethereum Classic


The simplest (and fastest) way would be to buy Ethereum Classic directly from other traders on a cryptocurrency exchange like Kraken. 

Thanks to our world-class security team, Kraken is one of the most secure and trusted exchanges in the industry. Whether you’re buying Ethereum Classic, or any other cryptocurrency, you can be certain that your transactions are safe and secure.


How much Ethereum Classic can I buy?

The smallest unit of ETC is called an atto-ETC, which is 1 quintillionth of 1 ETC, meaning that you can likely buy the cryptocurrency on any budget.

Of course, you can buy as much ETC as you like. An investor placing a big bet that ETC price will rise in the future might buy 10,000 ETC or more.

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How to buy Ethereum Classic on Kraken


We make buying Ethereum Classic safe and easy. Just follow these simple steps to get started:

  1. Sign up for a Kraken account
    You can sign up with just an email address, username and a strong password.

  2. Verify your account
    To start trading, however, we’ll need your name, date of birth, country and phone number. If you own Bitcoin or Ether, you can deposit it right away and buy Ethereum Classic.

    If you want to purchase Ethereum Classic with fiat currency from your bank (e.g. USD or EUR), you’ll need to provide ID and proof-of-residence documents. Learn more about the different verification levels here.

  3. Deposit fiat or cryptocurrency
    Depositing crypto to Kraken is as simple as sending it to a friend. Just generate a new deposit address in your Kraken account to receive funds from your crypto wallet. We also have a selection of bank funding methods for fiat currency to choose from.

  4. Start buying ETC
    Once your account is funded, you can buy ETC and other cryptocurrencies.

    Simply open the New Order page,  fill out the order form and click BUY. Check our charts to pick the right time to buy or monitor what the price will be in the future.


24/7/365 Customer Support

Trading should not be hard! If you run into any trouble buying Ethereum Classic, let us know. Our support staff is online all day, every day, ready to help. 

You can reach us anytime on LiveChat or by email.

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Where to keep your Ethereum Classic


Now that you’ve bought ETC, you’ll need somewhere to put it. Kraken is secure, but it’s always safest to store your crypto in a wallet. A wallet is a software or hardware device that holds the public and private keys required to make cryptocurrency transactions.

There are many types of wallets available. Mobile and web-based wallets make frequent transactions easy. Hardware and paper wallets are best suited for secure, long-term storage. When you’re choosing a crypto wallet, think of what you plan to do with your tokens. A wallet that best suits your needs is always the right choice.


Kraken is not a wallet service

Kraken allows users to hold funds on the exchange, but is not a wallet service. We recommend moving any funds you don’t intend to trade with into your personal wallet.

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