Ebay might start accepting Bitcoin payments

Senior vice president of eBay Americas claimed that Ebay might integrate payments in Bitcoin due to mainstream cryptocurrency adoption
13 December 2017   535

Scott Cutler, a senior vice president who oversees eBay’s Americas business unit, told Yahoo Finance in an interview that eBay, a multinational e-commerce corporation headquartered in California, is seriously considering adding the function of payments in cryptocurrency, particularly in Bitcoin.

This is a trend that everybody is talking about, but sadly, at eBay, we don’t currently accept Bitcoin as a form of payment. We’re seriously considering it as cryptocurrencies become more of a mainstream payment instrument, but we’re not quite there yet.

Scott Cutler

SVP, Ebay Americas

There are some retailers who accept cryptocurrency, for example, American internet retailer Overstock lets users pay in Bitcoin since January of 2014. But mostly, major retailers and wholesalers refuse to launch function of payments in Bitcoin becasuse of its high fees, volatility and existence of more suitable for payments cryptocurrencies like Monero or Tether. For instance, Steam digital distribution gaming platform has recently refused to accept Bitcoin as a payment method because of high transaction fees.

Currently eBay accepts payments through PayPal, credit cards, and debit cards, but does not accept any cryptocurrency as means of payment yet.

At the moment of press, these are main market parameters of Bitcoin:

  • Average price: $17 096.80
  • Marketcap: $286 174 786 800
  • 24h volume: $14 326 600 000

Wyoming Passed Bill Exempting Utility Tokens from Securities Laws

The Wyoming House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill exempting utility tokens from securities laws  
20 February 2018   71

On Monday, House Bill (HB) 70 passed the House 60 to 0 and will now head to the Senate. The bill exempts utility tokens from securities laws. This will attracts ICO’s launches to the state and will make the state a favorable environment for blockchain startups.

According to the bill, the utility token must meet three conditions:

  1. The token’s issuer must not market it as an investment;

  2. The token must be exchangeable for goods and services, for example, startups must have a working product or service at the time the tokens are issued;

  3. The token’s issuer must not actively make efforts to create a secondary market for the token by entering into a repurchase agreement or agreeing to locate buyers for the token.

It is important to note that there are four more cryptocurrency and blockchain-related bills currently moving through the Wyoming legislature.

HB 19 passed the House of Representatives on Monday and is now awaiting introduction in the Senate. The bill exempts cryptocurrency from the state’s money transmitter act.

HB 101 has passed its second reading in the House and, if it passes its final hearing, will then go to the Senate. This bill will allow companies to create and use blockchains for the purpose of storing records and conducting inter-office communication.

HB 126 has just passed its second reading in the House. It will allow the creation of series LLCs.

Senate File (SF) 111 passed a vote to introduce on Friday and is now headed to a committee hearing. This bill will exempt cryptocurrency assets from state property taxes.