The Impact of PayPal on Bitcoin

Paypal's impact on Bitcoin is great for buzz, but unfortunately it doesn’t add value.

Paypal’s impact on Bitcoin is great for buzz, but unfortunately it doesn’t add value. In September 2014, PayPal enabled bitcoin transactions for merchants selling digital goods. When traditional payment processors like PayPal start to accept bitcoin, it helps to legitimize bitcoin as a means of payment and brings attention to the digital currency.

As PayPal is one of the world’s largest online payment systems, its integration with Bitcoin helps to accelerate the increase in awareness and rate of adoption for e-commerce significantly, especially when it opens the integration to more mainstream merchants.

PPHowever, there are some notable differences for merchants between integrating with Paypal vs. taking bitcoin payments directly. With PayPal’s current models, PayPal requires its merchants to have bank accounts, and all payments are routed through PayPal who keep a chunk as fees.

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Using bitcoin, merchants can receive payment directly from anyone, anywhere without intermediary fees. PayPal plays an intermediary role in online transactions and is simply one of the ways to enable merchants to accept payments in bitcoin. Bitcoin’s “edge” is dulled through Paypal, as you inherit all the problems of the legacy payment rails that Bitcoin will disrupt.

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