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.

XRP Trading Now Available to Customers of Huobi Marketplace in USA and China

On Thursday (April 18), Huobi Marketplace (formerly known as "HBUS"), the cryptoasset exchange operated by San Francisco-based company HBUS Holdco, Inc. ("HBUS"), the exclusive U.S. partner of Singapore-based Huobi Global Limited (“Huobi Global”), announced that XRP trading had become available on Huobi.com.

The Huobi Marketplace originally went live under the "HBUS" brand on 10 July 2018. Initially, trading was only available in Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Tether (USDT), Civic (CVC), Dash (DASH), and TrueUSD (TUSD). By 29 November 2018, 12 cryptoassets and 35 trading pairs were supported. 

Then, on January 11, HBUS published a blog post in which the company's CEO, Frank Fu, said that HBUS had "obtained exclusive rights to use the Huobi brand in the U.S." and changed the name of its marketplace (i.e. crypto trading platform) from HBUS to Huobi. HBUS also said that it had migrated "from its previous website (www.hbus.com) to the new domain at www.huobi.com."

In a press release issued on the same day, which was also posted to its blog, HBUS explained that it would continue to be "the company operating the U.S. trading platform," while Huobi Global, Huobi Group’s flagship digital asset exchange, would continue "to operate under its own name at hbg.com."

Here is how HBUS explained the advantages of this strategic partnership with Huobi Global:

"The exclusive licensing agreement and partnership gives HBUS a reputable brand to provide U.S. traders with localized trading experience. A closer relationship also means more technological support from Huobi Global for HBUS, which will provide advanced stability and security features."

Thursday's announcement by Huobi Marketplace informed customers that in order to provide them with "carefully vetted and high-quality trading options," it was adding support for XRP:

"Starting now, you can deposit XRP on the Huobi Marketplace, and the estimated opening time for XRP trading and withdrawals will be April 19th, 2019 at 12:00AM PST. Supported XRP trading pairs include XRP/USD, XRP/BTC and XRP/USDT."

 

Featured Image Courtesy of HBUS