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December 11, 2013, 11:08:02 AM
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Can Bitcoin replace PayPal?

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/10/business/will-bitcoin-replace-paypal/index.html?iid=article_sidebar

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December 11, 2013, 12:57:39 PM
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i don't think bitcoin will ever really replace PayPal since they PayPal is an actual wallet that allows for currencies and payment methods for purchases.  I don't think fiat currency will be going anymore.  What is more likely to happen in the next few years is paypal allowing Bitcoins and more likely creating their own BTC Wallet so that people can pay for their goods and serivces...while taking a hefty fee of course!

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December 11, 2013, 01:00:19 PM
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Nice to see this issue getting so much of coverage in CNN. And the program was more or less unbiased as well.

My prediction is that by 2016, some BTC payment processor will overtake Bitcoin in market share.

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December 11, 2013, 03:30:44 PM
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I don't understand why everyone thinks it's so hard to use bitcoins? And this thing: "At the moment, the Bitcoin experiment doesn't offer simplicity. It complicates matters by people having to understand another way of doing things.". When the telephone came people had to learn it to! And the same applies to the computer and the internet. It might take a while before people uses bitcoin on daily basis, but it will happen.
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December 11, 2013, 03:32:35 PM
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Given the choice between the two, I can see no reason at all to use PayPal.

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December 11, 2013, 04:15:41 PM
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Given the choice between the two, I can see no reason at all to use PayPal.

Hmmm.... at this point, it is pretty immature to claim that there is no advantage in using Paypal. It is easy to fund your account, and PP is accepted by 99% of the online merchants.

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December 12, 2013, 05:38:07 PM
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Coinbase is the new Paypal. $25,000,000 in new funding today by none other than silicon valley VC giant Andreessen Horowitz.

Recent comments show that Paypal's CEO is not at all adverse to the concept of bitcoin, although still not sold on its utility as a currency.

Prediction: Paypal will adopt XBT as a new 'currency' soon (mostly out of necessity to maintain their market share).
This will make them a bitcoin wallet, exchange and payment provider all at once. Their shareholders will eventually demand it.

Vendors and customers will run from Paypal as soon as a viable, widely accepted alternative exists. Vendors generally hate Paypal and view them as a necessary evil - chargeback and reversal rates are much higher than for regular credit card transactions due to the ease with which fraudsters manipulate their "customer protection" policies.

Once customers realize that they're the ones ultimately paying for chargeback fraud, a 2-4% discount for using bitcoin will be welcomed.

                         
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Prediction: Paypal will adopt XBT as a new 'currency' soon (mostly out of necessity to maintain their market share).

This is ridiculous. Paypal will never adopt Bitcoin. Doing that means cutting down their profit margin by 90%. JP Morgan has recently finalized its plans for the "Bitcoin killer". I think PP will soon join them.

Already they have shutdown the production of physical BTCs.

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December 13, 2013, 05:00:47 AM
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that would be hilarious if paypal were to adopt a cryptocurrency/bitcoin.. "in addition to the transaction fee, we also need to charge you 3% on all merchandise sold.. so that we can make a lot of money." bitcoin is not even reversible, so i don't think paypal would like it.
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December 13, 2013, 04:26:46 PM
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Prediction: Paypal will adopt XBT as a new 'currency' soon (mostly out of necessity to maintain their market share).

This is ridiculous. Paypal will never adopt Bitcoin. Doing that means cutting down their profit margin by 90%. JP Morgan has recently finalized its plans for the "Bitcoin killer". I think PP will soon join them.
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That's not the way they'd do it. They'd just process bitcoin transactions like any other Paypal currency, with their normal fee structure, buyer protection, reversability etc.

                         
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December 13, 2013, 05:21:46 PM
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Given the choice between the two, I can see no reason at all to use PayPal.

Hmmm.... at this point, it is pretty immature to claim that there is no advantage in using Paypal. It is easy to fund your account, and PP is accepted by 99% of the online merchants.
I see your point. Most places don't take bitcoin and so I use bank cards, etc. more than bitcoin. However "given the choice" I would and do use BTC. In the future I expect many more outlets to accept it.

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Prediction: Paypal will adopt XBT as a new 'currency' soon (mostly out of necessity to maintain their market share).

This is ridiculous. Paypal will never adopt Bitcoin. Doing that means cutting down their profit margin by 90%. JP Morgan has recently finalized its plans for the "Bitcoin killer". I think PP will soon join them.

Already they have shutdown the production of physical BTCs.

Those plans are 15 years old , and they aren't that willing to put them into practice.

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I think bitcoins has the potentials of being used as an alternative to PayPal and the benefit of less-fees and smoother system but for  established e-commercials. PayPal has been working for them for years and it might take sometime for them to use bitcoins as a new payent method.
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December 14, 2013, 08:49:43 AM
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Paypal will integrate bitcoin if they can reduce their operating costs, or if they can make money off of it.

They are looking into it & trying to figure out how this new technology fits into their business.

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Paypal will integrate bitcoin if they can reduce their operating costs, or if they can make money off of it.

It can reduce the operating costs. But they will lose money out of it as well, due to the reduction of profits.

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Paypal will integrate bitcoin if they can reduce their operating costs, or if they can make money off of it.

It can reduce the operating costs. But they will lose money out of it as well, due to the reduction of profits.

Why would their profits be reduced?
There's very small chance that they'll have a separate fee structure for bitcoin. They already use dozens of different currencies and they all have the same fee model. Why would they treat bitcoin any differently?

I think you're assuming on-blockchain transactions with bitcoin fees - which they definitely wouldn't be doing (except for transfers in/out of the Paypal system)


                         
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December 14, 2013, 08:25:17 PM
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Paypal will integrate bitcoin if they can reduce their operating costs, or if they can make money off of it.

It can reduce the operating costs. But they will lose money out of it as well, due to the reduction of profits.

That's the main disadvantage for PayPal.  They make tons of profit off of Credit transactions and currency exchange.  If they offer BTC, there profits will be quite low assuming there are alternatives out there.

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I think you're assuming on-blockchain transactions with bitcoin fees - which they definitely wouldn't be doing (except for transfers in/out of the Paypal system)

Then who will use them? If they are going to charge people 4% for BTC transactions, hardly anyone would chose Paypal.

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December 15, 2013, 03:04:28 PM
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yes it can!

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December 15, 2013, 07:17:51 PM
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I think you're assuming on-blockchain transactions with bitcoin fees - which they definitely wouldn't be doing (except for transfers in/out of the Paypal system)

Then who will use them? If they are going to charge people 4% for BTC transactions, hardly anyone would chose Paypal.

buyers will use paypal if they add services to bitcoin, like money back guaranteed and "approved" marchants, don't you think?

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