Payment processor stripe announced on Tuesday that it will end support for bitcoin as a payment method in April.
Product manager Tom Karlo writes in a blog post:
“Our hope was that Bitcoin could become a universal, decentralized substrate for online transactions and help our customers enable buyers in places that had less credit card penetration or use cases where credit card fees were prohibitive.
Over the past year or two, as block size limits have been reached, Bitcoin has evolved to become better-suited to being an asset than being a means of exchange. Given the overall success that the Bitcoin community has achieved, it’s hard to quibble with the decisions that have been made along the way. (And we’re certainly happy to see any novel, ambitious project do so well.)
This has led to Bitcoin becoming less useful for payments, however. Transaction confirmation times have risen substantially; this, in turn, has led to an increase in the failure rate of transactions denominated in fiat currencies. (By the time the transaction is confirmed, fluctuations in Bitcoin price mean that it’s for the “wrong” amount.) “
Karlo also laments about rising fees making Bitcoin transactions in some instances as expensive as wire transfers. Declining customer interest for Bitcoin is further cited as a reason for the decision.
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The announcement comes as another blow for bitcoin use and on the heels of Visa suspending prepaid cards to a number of Bitcoin businesses.
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