San Jose, California located, global financial technology firm, PayPal, on the 30th of March, 2021 made an announcement, that its U.S based customers could now checkout with crypto. The launch of the Checkout with Crypto feature exposes millions of businesses to digital assets, a move that could grow the asset class’s utility.
“As the use of digital payments and digital currencies accelerates, the introduction of Checkout with Crypto continues our focus on driving mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies, while continuing to offer PayPal customers choice and flexibility in the ways they can pay using the PayPal wallet,” stated Dan Schulman, CEO of PayPal, regarding the launch of the Checkout with Crypto feature. “Enabling cryptocurrencies to make purchases at businesses around the world is the next chapter in driving the ubiquity and mass acceptance of digital currencies,” he stated further.
The addition of the payment feature increases utility for cryptocurrency users who purchase their assets through PayPal. Previously, investors could only Buy, Sell, and Hold digital assets through the platform. The Checkout with crypto option – which appears automatically, at checkout, provided the users has sufficient holdings – enables users to confidently pay with crypto assets, as opposed to fiat value.
The feature – claimed PayPal – is designed to be easy-to-use, as well as safe. Customers are afforded the added benefit of making purchases with cryptocurrency, while businesses connected to PayPal’s digital payments infrastructure can accept cryptocurrency-based payments with certainty of value (digital currency value is instantly converted to fiat,) and with no added charges – to put in simpler terms..
All crypto asset-based payments are settled in U.S Dollars, and converted to the respective business’s applicable currency, at regular PayPal rates. It’s more of an automated way to sell crypto value for the equivalent fiat value, and then pay for the item that one wishes to purchase.
“Checkout with Crypto continues PayPal’s commitment to enabling choice in the way customers pay, and how businesses get paid and is a natural extension of the broad portfolio of services offered to merchants to drive engagement with their customers.” – stacustomersl
The firm, being one of the leaders in the digital payments sector, has been at it for over 20 years, and has amassed a global user base of about 375 million customers in more than 200 territories. This puts the company in a position to drive the retail adoption of digital adoption of crypto assets, as a viable alternative to fiat-based transacting.
The fintech giant’s established 24/7 anti-fraud financial crimes monitoring, and protection, as well as payments infrastructure allows customers a chance to familiarize themselves with digital assets on an interface they already know. Users can experiment with the use of various assets, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash and become more comfortable with blockchain-based value – customers can even select which digital currency to pay with – which will likely drive demand for cryptocurrencies, once PayPal rolls crypto functionality out globally.