The Steem Economy - Tons of Ways to Spend Your Hard Earned STEEM/SBD!

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This post is a guide for the different things you can do with the hard earned STEEM/SBD that you received by participating on the Steem Blockchain!

Buy Stuff

There are several online stores/shops that accept STEEM/SBD. is an online store which accepts SBD, and sells tons of items including clothing and artwork. It is similar to eBay/Craigslist in that anyone can post items for sale, so there is a lot of interesting/unique stuff. @steemshop is a user that sells items directly on You can read more about it here. allows you to buy Amazon gift cards.

Trade SBD <-> STEEM

The Internal Market allows you to trade STEEM for SBD or SBD for STEEM at the current market price. Many sites/vendors only accept one form of payment or the other (STEEM or SBD) so this allows you easily convert to whichever one you need.

The price of STEEM and SBD both fluctuate, so if you want to try your luck as a trader you can try to get more coins by buying low and selling high!


SBD tokens are loosely pegged to the US Dollar via the Steem blockchain mechanisms, so it is unlikely these will go up/down in value by a lot. Generally these are better to hold if you don't want your account value going up or down a lot. Note - it is still possible for these to lose value though. (They are not a guarantee.)

STEEM tokens however can go way up or way down, depending on the value that investors put on the tokens. Today, one STEEM token is worth about 25-30 cents. In the past, they have been worth as little as pennies, and as much as $4.00 per coin. Some day, if the value of the platform increases, they could be worth lots more!

Bitcoins (BTC) are very similar to STEEM tokens, except they have been around a lot longer and are much more established. In a lot of ways, STEEM is actually superior to BTC. One bitcoin (BTC) is currently worth about $1,500 USD. If STEEM becomes as big as BTC one day (or even bigger), then the few dollars worth of STEEM coins you own today could one day pay for your retirement! Dream big ;)


Try your luck on the SteemDice game run by our very own @pharesim! There is also a fully automated STEEM lottery run by the @fasl account. Good luck, but never gamble with more than you can afford to lose ;)

Custom Avatars!

The user @shayne can create a custom avatar for your profile! See tons of cool examples and instructions on how to purchase your own here. This is a really awesome service. It is definitely worth checking out!

Cash it Out

If you want cash now (USD, Euros, etc.), there are various ways to cash out your tokens for 'real money'. There is currently no way to trade STEEM/SBD directly for cash, so you will first need to use an exchange to trade for an "intermediate currency" such as BTC. (BTC is the most common intermediate currency.) The intermediate currency can then be sold for cash.

There are many exchanges out there with various pros and cons (better fees, easier to use, more well known, etc.). You can research to see which one you like best, or just pick one and try it out. Some of the more popular ones accepting STEEM/SBD are BlockTrades, Poloniex, Bittrex, and Changelly.

You will need a BTC wallet to send the BTC to, which will most likely be the address provided by the website you select in the next step.

There are a few sites such as Coinbase and LocalBitcoins that will let you sell your BTC / intermediate currency for 'real money'. Depending on where you live and which currency you use, you may have to Google "how do I sell BTC for X" (fill in whatever currency you are trying to get - USD, Euro, etc.) to find a good site/guide to use.

It is recommended that you go through the whole process from start to end with a small amount of STEEM/SBD first, and then once you have successfully completed it and received your cash, you can repeat it with a larger amount.

Load a Debit Card

There are several debit cards that can be loaded up using BTC, and then used as 'real money'. Here is a guide showing how to load up a debit card using Cryptopay. Another similar guide was written for Bitwala. Another card service is Wirex. Note - the fees on these are generally high, but there is a convenience factor that is hard to beat!

Convert to Gold

You can convert your STEEM to gold, using a GoldMoney account.


@elementm is a user that offers various services for STEEM, such as writing a haiku for your spouse, or covering your favorite song :) You can read more about it here.

Visit a Coffee Shop

There is a coffee shop called "EINSTEIN KAFFEE Bistro Potsdam" in Potsdam, Germany that accepts STEEM as a form of payment. It is located at Kurfürstenstraße 12 Potsdam 14467. You can read about it here!

Power it Up

If you power up your STEEM to STEEM POWER, you will gain more influence on the site and earn higher curation rewards from your votes. STEEM POWER also earns interest for as long as you hold it! (15% of the new coins that are minted by the blockchain are given to STEEM POWER holders as interest.) SBD cannot be powered up directly, but it can be exchanged for STEEM on the internal market, which can then be powered up.


This post is a list of suggestions on ways to spend your STEEM/SBD, but there are no guarantees that things will work. I am not personally endorsing any of the sites/products/tools that are listed here. If you run into issues, you can comment here and I will see if there is anything I can do to assist, but most likely you will need to work it out with whichever party runs the site/product/tool that you are trying to use.

Thanks for Reading

I hope you found this guide useful and have some new found ways to spend your STEEM/SBD!

There are probably tons more that others have used / heard of. Feel free to add more suggestions in the comments!!

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I was going to share it around even before I noticed that I was mentioned in it! lol



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Totally! In days I've gone from discovering cryptocurrencies to discovering cool sites like Steemit and people that will help you trade (e.g. @quickfingersluc) Loving the disruption!

How come hardly anyone is talking about STEEM? It's the first crypto based site I've found that has real functionality.


Great question! A lot of the talk in the crypto world seems to be surrounding hype and breakthroughs/news. I’m not sure how ‘sexy’ it is to just be delivering on the promises that we set out to do, and slowly making improvements to make the platform better. It should be ;)


I've been an active member less than 24 hours and I've had dozens of interactions with complete strangers. It's a more enjoyable experience than Facebook. Feels good to know I'm part of something new and exciting!

I also sell digital files of the printable versions of the some of the art seen on my blog. I've been at it for months, but haven't had much success. Sold one unit so far!


Cool. You may want to try putting it on peerplays, and then blogging a link to the item in the store 😀

gotta say, this sounds like a really great way to earn some money and have some fun! just gotta figure out how to get my account really going...

Many thanks for the mention here. The Steemshop is small right now, but in time it will grow. We will be announcing some changes to the system soon in order that people can quickly find what they want to buy.

Awesome post! @timcliff I am new to Steemit and your publication encouraged me to try to be part of this community that is growing. I'm here by chance because I wanted to write a comment in a post. Also today I took a look at the price of Steem and when I saw its price I also thought the same as you "Some day, if the value of the platform increases, they could be worth lots more!". Thank you for encouraging the members! I hope everyone has the opportunity to read your post !. All the best!

Resteemed! This has some good information about the many ways to spend/convert/use steem/SBD!


Cool, I'm glad you found it useful. Thanks for Resteeming! :)

First thing I read after I got approved. :D


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Thanks :)

I'm loving the helpful and informative posts like this. I'm a real noob here so I need all the help and Info I can get right now!

Thanks for the awesome guild. I cannot wait to become a part of this community and hopefully I can add some value with content. I guess its time to get steemin. :)

Now if only I could write a decent post.


You don't necessarily need to write posts to be successful. There is a lot of value to add by commenting.

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Resteemed! Very informative, thank you for writing this @timcliff.

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Cheers for this article mate. I'm a new user of Steemit and this has certainly managed to clear a few questions up for me. Looks like I've got a lot to learn!!!


Great, glad it helped :)

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Well done!

I am a newcomer and this is the very first post I've read!

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very educative and inspiring. i am also a newbie here but i already feel like i am, part of a large community.

Our 1st Rendevous with Steem and what a better way to start then to land up on your Blog! So much to look forward to and we are super excited as we have been writing blogs, posting & selling our collection of pictures, providing extensive travel related articles on other websites where our hard work was overlooked and not rewarded but Steem looks like its going to be a whole new ball game.

This is really going to be fun and we are enjoying it already as we have a lot to offer to the community and we will as the time goes by!

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Well written! It is posts like this one that really help newcomers understand our economy and terminology.


Thanks! I'll be adding it to the welcome page the next time I make updates 😀

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Cool. I was also thinking of writing a similar article but you're done it so I'd just resteem it. Steem on!

Awesome! Do you know if any photography stores accepts Steem, Bitcoin, or any other crypto online?

Thanks much


I don't. The folks in the #price channel of Steemit chat might though 😀

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Thank you, @timcliff
You can also convert Steem to gold, through a Goldmoney account.


Cool, thanks. I will add this.


Hmm any thoughts about GoldMoney vs something like Digix?


Not sure. I've never tried either. If you have a post with info on how to use Digix with STEEM or SBD, send me a link and I'll add it.


You’re welcome. @gaberock
Have a look.


You're welcome, @timcliff. Your post catalysed the Indian & Chinese personal gold standard.


Interesting. How did I catalyze that? :)


You wrote about how to use STEEM/SBD around the same time that I read Roy Sebag's Medium post on jewelry.
Serendipity, I suppose. 😊


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Thank you for making such a concise list :)

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Using this platform seems like a fun way to share your ideas. Being new to Steemit this post has encouraged me to continue and use this platform. I don't see many people talking about steemit but it seems to be very simple.

Thanks for your very informative post and I am sure I will use the information in the future to spend steem or SBD thanks my friend @timcliff


Welcome :)

Thanks for sharing! We are sure it could inspire many new wiki articles in our Economy and Commerce categories on

Good consolidated info. Love to gamble on @fasl lottery once a while when I'm on.

People should know for this. Upvoted, resteemed…


Should i cash out my rewards right away? was there some benefit to holding on? why does it ask me to cash out in my wallet


Are you referring to the 'redeem rewards' at the very top of your wallet?


so what happens if i dont click that?


They just sit there waiting to be claimed. Until you claim them, they won't be a part of your balance.

Resteemed! I have thousands worth of magic cards, pokemon cards and books I've been wanting to sell. Turning it into SBD then Steem is awesome!

Thanks for this Post. Really helpful for a noob like me.
Now I just need to figure out how to resteem this magnificent piece :).

Mentioning @shayne, you practically mentioned us too @timcliff. He is now are pride! Hoping you grace #steemgig or #steemgig too soon. It is evolving but really slow. Hopefully, we get to reach goal of 5,000 #steemgigs for the beauty of steemit especially on the outside and for potential steemit growth and use for SBD and steem like you mentioned. The ideas for a #steemgig are endless and can be really fun and creative too, like this one by the old dog @kus-knee:
We are also offering our #steemgig to every steemian for free by linking steemians in need to steemians indeed and you have been there to help when called upon.


Sure. How can I help? Notifications don't work for me, but I read all replies that I receive on Steemit, and I check once a night.

It is great to know that i have the opportunity to earn as i make valuable contribution to steemit.

Your article stated:

There are a few sites such as Coinbase, Circle, and LocalBitcoins that will let you sell your BTC / intermediate currency for 'real money'.

As of 12/2017, you can no longer buy and sell bitcoin on Circle. A sad loss, but I thought you might like to know the current status of Circle.



Ah, thank you. Sad indeed. I will update the post.

Thanks for the mention!

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followed and resteemed :)

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