PayPal To Let You Buy And Sell Cryptocurrencies In The US
PayPal plans to support Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin at first. You’ll be able to connect to your PayPal account to buy and sell cryptocurrencies.
There are 26 million merchants that offer PayPal around the world. For those merchants, customers paying in crypto won’t have any impact. Everything will be converted to fiat currency when a transaction is settled.
The company will charge high fees on fiat-to-cryptocurrency and cryptocurrency-to-fiat exchange transactions. You can expect to pay 2.3% for transactions below $100, 2% for transactions between $100 and $200, 1.8% for transactions between $200 and $1,000 and 1.5% for transactions above $1,000. There’s a minimum fee of $0.50 for transactions below $25. The page also says there will be some spread between buy and sell prices. Fees will be waived until 2021.
As a comparison, Coinbase charges 1.49% in conversion fees for any transaction over $200, and a fixed fee below that amount. Buying crypto assets with a debit card is much more expensive, as Coinbase charges 3.99%. Square’s Cash App charges variable fees and Robinhood hides its fees behind some markup on market prices.
Revolut, which also partners with Paxos in the U.S. to offer cryptocurrency trading, charges 2.5 to 3% in exchange fees for free customers. If you’re a premium user, you pay 1.5% in fees.
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