Everyone talks about how "no problem if BTC goes to $100 -- you can work out transactions to however many decimal places you want."
But why does the Bitcoin client require a minimum of .01 BTC to transfer money?
That used to be pretty small -- about 6 cents. Now it's 17 cents! It's becoming greater and greater.
And the 10-million-dollar question: WHO gets that money?
Don't say "the people providing the hashing power" because most people are part of pools, and as far as I know, the pools don't divvy up those fees to their members -- they only deal with shares.
Have I stumbled upon the real cash cow of the various pools -- a bonus income if you will? Is this why some pools offer 0% commission? Because they're getting these .01 BTC payments, which is enough to buy a few beers?
Well, first - tx fees are actually allowed smaller, and the next client allows 0.005
So, it is just right now that smaller deals are not used.
Second.... they go to who solves the block. Mostly a pool which does NOT turn that over to the members but uses it to help finance - not that it is a lot at the moment.