More People Prefer to Pay With Crypto Than Cash or Payment Cards, AEVI's Survey Suggests

  • AEVI, developer of an open payments ecosystem, asked its Twitter followers which payment method - cash, devices, cards, crypto - they prefer.
  • So far, 65% have said they would use cryptocurrencies.

AEVI, a German financial services company that aims to provide a global open ecosystem of payments, asked its followers via Twitter who they think will win the “payments race” this year.

Although there are still two days left to respond to the survey, the majority of respondents, 65% so far, have said they would prefer to use cryptocurrencies over all other payment options.

"Real-World Challenges Of Everyday Transactions"

The “payments race” has been launched by Money20/20, a global event for fintechs and financial services/payments providers, and Fintech Finance, a small company that works with “prominent” executives to produce online content.

According to Money20/20, the purpose of the payments race is to increase awareness about “the real-world challenges of everyday transactions.” In order to test which “financial systems” work best, the participants in the race may only use “a single form of payment for the duration of the race to pay for their travel and expenses.”

Interestingly, AEVI’s survey results also show that credit or debit cards are still preferred by more users when paying for everyday purchases compared to paying by scanning QR codes through devices like smartphones. So far, 17% of AEVI’s survey respondents have said they would recommend using payment cards while only 10% preferred using devices for daily purchases.

XRP Preferred

Notably, AEVI’s survey also revealed that very few people prefer to pay with cash as only 7% have so far said they would still use cash for all their purchases. As CryptoGlobe reported on October 14, Wirex, a commission-free platform for buying, selling, and storing crypto assets and fiat currency with over 1.8 million users, had asked its followers which of the following cryptocurrencies they would use for the payments race: bitcoin (BTC), ethereum (ETH), ripple (XRP), litecoin (LTC).

Significantly, 81% of respondents said they would recommend using XRP, 10% preferred BTC, 6% said they’d use LTC, and only 3% wanted to use ETH for daily purchases. Weiss Ratings, LLC, a research and analysis firm for consumers and businesses, had also polled its followers by asking them if they would use BTC, XRP, Cardano (ADA), or EOS for payments.

Out of over 5,000 people who responded to Weiss’ survey, nearly three out of four, or 74%, said they would prefer paying with XRP, 13% wanted to pay with ADA, 10% with BTC, and only 3% said EOS.

Ideally, users would prefer a payment method which is cost-effective, fast, and easy-to-use. As CryptoGlobe covered on October 19, Michael Arrington, a prominent investor and the founder of TechCrunch, claimed to have transferred $50 million using XRP in a transaction that only took two seconds to process.

Microsoft's Bing Reportedly Blocked Over 5 Million Cryptocurrency Ads Last Year

Francisco Memoria

Microsoft’s search engine Bing has reportedly blocked over 5 million cryptocurrency-related ads last year, as a result of a ban the search engine enacted in an attempt to protect its users from fraudsters.

According to Bing’s ad quality review , the company’s bad account takedowns doubled in 2018, with cryptocurrency, weapons, and third-party tech support scams being the main problems it faced. Overall, Bing suspended “nearly 200,000 accounts” last year, and removed 900 million ads from its platform.

As covered, Bing banned cryptocurrency-related ads back in May, in a move it claimed was made to protect users from scammers, as the crypto market being unregulated meant cryptocurrencies “present a possible elevated risk to our users with the potential for bad actors to participate in predatory behaviors, or otherwise scam consumers.”

At the time Melissa Alsoszatai-Petheo, who published the company’s blog post on the move, wrote:

To help protect our users from this risk, we have made the decision to disallow advertising for cryptocurrency, cryptocurrency related products, and un-regulated binary options. Bing Ads will implement this change to our financial product and services policy globally in June, with enforcement rolling out in late June to early July.

The move saw cryptocurrencies join other questionable products and services Microsoft banned from its platform. These include Ponzi and pyramid schemes, and the mentioned third-party tech support scams.

Bing notably banned cryptocurrency-related ads following bans enacted by search giant Google and social media giant Facebook . These two firms have since started allowing crypto-related ads from a few companies.

At the time, various cryptocurrency associations threatened lawsuits against the tech giants over what they claimed to be “cartel collusion” against cryptos, made in an attempt to manipulate the market.

Although Microsoft’s search engine has banned crypto ads, the tech giant itself has been accepting bitcoin payments since 2014. Its website even has a how-to page walking users through the process of topping up their accounts using BTC.