I purchased ethers from an eBay seller and the seller sent me a public and private key for etherchain.org. I have a Jaxx wallet and was looking to transfer my purchased ethers to it, but I have absolutely no clue how to do that.

The seller said that they don't send to wallets and that everything is available on the public ledger. I can see it on the public ledger but I'd rather have it in my private wallet. I just don't like that we both have the private key.

Any guidance would be much appreciated


  • Dare we ask how much the Ether cost you...? Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 13:17
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    Possible duplicate of Import private key into ethereum wallet Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 13:27
  • I would not classify this as a duplicate of the above link as this new user should be provided the information to easily transfer their ethers from a private key to their own Ethereum account. Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 13:57
  • For others who read this, buying a private key from eBay or anywhere is inadvisable because the seller will always have the private key. If you're able to transfer the Ether, make sure to not use the private key that the seller gave, ever again.
    – eth
    Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 3:55

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The easiest way would be to use https://www.myetherwallet.com/ to import your eBay purchased private key. Then send the ethers to your Jaxx ethereum account.

You don't have to install any additional software or download the entire blockchain to use this method. And you don't have to worry too much about sending your private key over the internet as you will be transferring your ethers from your eBay purchased account to your Jaxx account.

You may want to try sending a small amount from your eBay purchased account to your Jaxx account first to confirm that you have the method correct, then send the rest. You can try using the Transfer total available balance option to sweep your coins into your new Jaxx account.

See How do I import my presale wallet? for more info and other alternatives.

  • I tried doing this exactly as you stated and it says invalid password unable to encrypt data. The seller that I bought them from says that I have to do the transfer over DOS as he doesn't know how any of the new stuff interacts.
    – hybridjump
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 18:50
  • From the link ethereum.stackexchange.com/questions/96/…, what kind of key do you have? encrypted or unencrypted? (don't post it :-)) Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 18:52
  • So now I'm trying to figure out the code that will send ether from this address 0xea38835e840942674c80ba3a99e7a77a4dfe1291 to this address 0xF8b298dfADeB0253a1E2f765C93c96B5C61d9AE8 .
    – hybridjump
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 18:53
  • I have an encrypted key
    – hybridjump
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 18:54
  • and you have a password to unencrypted that key? Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 18:55

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