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Stripe宣布停止接受比特币支付

近日,著名移动支付平台Stripe宣布,将从4月23日起停止接受比特币支付。

2014年,Stripe开始接受比特币,而且Square允许Square Cash移动应用用户购买比特币。当时加密货币首次达到1000美元,从那以后,比特币的价值猛涨,2017年达到近2万美元。

Stripe的Tom Karlo认为,目前比特币的资产属性已经超越了原有的货币属性,加密货币的主要功能也不是提供短时间内的快速交易,而且过去一段时间以来,Stripe平台上比特币交易支付的数量也出现了大批下滑。

值得注意的时,比特币付款处理器一直都面临着不小的挑战,因为比特币转账可能需要几个小时才能进入区块链,到那时比特币的价值经常发生巨大的变化。另外,随着比特币价值的上涨,费用也随之上涨,反而阻碍了商业和贸易的正常运转。

不止是Stripe,其实比特币此前也同样获得了一些在线零售商的支持,比如eBay、Overstock.com等等。

过去一段时间以来,Overstock一直在接受比特币,这对股价来说是一个福音。但本月早些时候一家安全公司发现,Overstock.com错误地接受比特币现金而不是比特币作为产品付款 ,要知道这可是一个代价高昂的错误。

Four years after Stripe began accepting bitcoin, the payments platform has decided to end support for the popular cryptocurrency. The company said bitcoin’s volatility and lengthy transaction times led to its decision, TechCrunch reported.

The policy will not take effect immediately, as the company plans to end support for bitcoin on April 23. Stripe had started accepting bitcoin in 2014, when the cryptocurrency first reached $1,000 and truly gained traction. Since then, the value of bitcoin has skyrocketed, reaching nearly $20,000 in 2017.

In reality, bitcoin has become more of an asset than a currency, according to Stripe’s Tom Karlo. The cryptocurrency is simply not made to resolve transactions in seconds or minutes. Karlo also noted that the platform has seen a sizeable decrease in the number of bitcoin transactions.

Payment processors face challenges with bitcoin as it can take hours for bitcoin transfers to enter the blockchain. By then, the value of bitcoin oftentimes has changed dramatically. In addition, fees have risen as the value of bitcoin has increased, hindering commerce and trading.

The announcement comes a few months after Square said it would get into the bitcoin business by reportedly letting some of its customers purchase the cryptocurrency.

According to news from Bloomberg, Square is allowing Square Cash mobile app users to make bitcoin purchases. In a statement, Square said it was exploring how the company can make the mobile app faster and easier to use by rolling out the ability to purchase bitcoin to a small number of its Square Cash customers.

Bitcoin has also gained some traction with online retailer eBay, which, following in the footsteps of Overstock.com, had considered adding bitcoin as payment method on its site. Overstock has been accepting bitcoin for some time now, which has been a boon to its stock price.

But it hasn’t been smooth sailing for Overstock: Earlier this month, a security firm discovered that Overstock.com had erroneously accepted Bitcoin Cash instead of bitcoin as payment for a product — a costly mistake.


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