Poloniex Launches Pre-Fork Trading Support for Bitcoin Cash’s November 15th Hard Fork

For those customers that can't wait until November 15th for the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) hard fork ("Planned Network Upgrade"), Circle's crypto exchange Poloniex has announced a solution: it is allowing customers to trade Bitcoin Cash ABC (BCHABC) and Bitcoin Cash SV (BCHSV) tokens right now.

The two main competing implementations in the upcoming hard fork of Bitcoin Cash are "Bitcoin ABC" and "Bitcoin SV". Poloniex does not want to take sides, and furthermore it wants to allow members of the crypto community to show which variant of BCH they support before the hard fork takes place:

"We believe the responsible thing for an exchange to do is remain neutral, and we want to empower the community to demonstrate their support through trading activity. "

So, on 7 November 2018, it enabled "pre-fork trading" for the first time ever. Customers can trade BCHABC and BCHSV against both Bitcoin (BTC) and Circle's stablecoin USDC Coin (USDC):

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To make this possible, it now provides a conversion tool (you can find this in the upper right corner of the "Exchange" screen on the Poloniex website). This allows BCH to be converted into "equivalent amounts" of BCHABC and BCHSV; it also allows BCHABC and BCHSV to be converted back to BCH in case csutomers wish to withdraw funds:

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Poloniex plans to pause BCH deposits and withdrawals at 14:00 UTC on 15 November 2018. At 15:00 UTC, it will "freeze the BCH, BCHABC, and BCHSV markets, cancel all outstanding orders, and take a snapshot." Any user that still holds BCH at this time will "immediately receive an equivalent amount of BCHABC and BCHSV." All BCH balances will then be set to zero. Once both chains have stabilized, withdrawals will be enabled.

Poloniex offers this important warning:

"You do not have to engage in pre-fork trading. If you choose to engage in pre-fork trading, please note that, as with all trading on the platform, trading in these assets can be extremely risky, and you trade at your own risk.  It is possible that one of these chains will not be economically or technically viable after the fork, and its value will drop to zero."

At press time, according to data from CryptoCompare, BCH is trading at $589.34, down 4.55% in the past 24-hour period.

Featured Image Courtesy of Poloniex LLC

Switzerland's Largest Online Retailer is Now Accepting Cryptocurrency Payments

Digitec-Galaxus, Switzerland’s largest online retail company, has reportedly decided to start accepting bitcoin (BTC) payments.

Digitec and Galaxus customers can now pay for goods and services with bitcoin and a few other major cryptocurrencies. In addition to BTC, users can make payments in XRP, ETH, Litecoin (LTC), Tron (TRX), OmiseGo (OMG), and NEO.

Digitec and Galaxus’ online retail outlets will also be taking payments in Bitcoin “Satoshi Vision” SV (BSV), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Binance Coin (BNB). Commenting on the Swiss retailer’s decision to start accepting cryptos, Oliver Herren, the co-founder and CEO of Digitec, remarked: 

Cryptocurrencies are fascinating and could become a relevant means of payment in e-commerce. We would like to support this development. We wanted to do that for a long time.

Coinify Will Help Convert Crypto Transfers To Swiss Francs

Herren added that Digitec decided to take cryptocurrencies as payment because people may have invested in them and they may want to use them. “Or because you cannot turn them into real money [since] your bank does not accept it. Or maybe just because you ...  like to try new things,” Herren said.

According to Switzerland’s e-commerce giant, it wants to encourage millennials, who may be heavily invested in the blockchain space, to start using cryptocurrencies for practical purposes such as paying for everyday goods and services. Price volatility of cryptocurrencies may not be an issue as Digitec and Galaxus will immediately convert crypto payments to Swiss francs using Coinify’s services, a third-party payment processor.

At present, crypto payments are only available for Switzerland-based users, however the company has said that it might allow customers in other areas to pay with crypto if their initial effort is successful.

Danish Food Takeaway Outlet Accepts Bitcoin Payments For Its 1500 Restaurants

In December 2018, Hungry.dk, one of the largest online food portals in Denmark, started accepting Bitcoin again. The food takeaway company handles orders from more than 1,500 restaurants in Denmark and had been accepting BTC payments since 2014. However, it had decided to stop taking crypto payments in late 2017 due to very long transaction processing times.

A representative from Hungry.dk noted (last year): 

We have accepted Bitcoins as a payment method for quite some time. We decided to remove the feature temporarily last year though because the average transaction time took too long, and the experience wasn’t the best.