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.

PayPal is Cautiously Optimistic About Partnership with Libra Association

  • PayPal cautious about future with Facebook's digital currency libra. 
  • Payment platform was one of the first companies to join and support the Libra Association.

Payment platform PayPal is cautiously optimistic about its relationship with Facebook’s digital currency libra, despite being the highest-profile company to join the Libra Association. 

PayPal Backs Libra Association

In June, shortly after the official unveiling of Facebook’s libra, PayPal announced an intention to join and support the Libra Association, a collection of tech and finance companies promoting the product. 

At the time, PayPal billed the digital currency as a revolutionary product for people around the world, 

We believe in democratizing participation in the digital economy for people from all walks of life, and businesses of all sizes.

However, PayPal appears cautious about its future with Facebook’s digital currency. PayPal investor relations vice president Gabrielle Rabinovitch reiterated Sept. 12 that the company is a non-binding agreement with libra, 

It's a non-binding commitment. And obviously, I think there's a lot of work to happen before we get to that point where it becomes something more than just a very exciting idea.

She added, 

The goals and ambitions of Libra are very consistent with PayPal's overall ambitions in terms of serving the underserved; democratizing access to capital. So we very much believe in the potential of Libra.

While PayPal appears optimistic about the future of libra, the digital currency has endured months of regulatory and political scrutiny concerning its release. 

Earlier in the week, senior U.S. Treasury official Sigal Mandelker told an audience in Geneva that libra would be held to the highest standard of regulatory compliance in order to combat money laundering and terrorist funding.

 

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