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Accept Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and many others being added regularly. After the success of Bitcoin the broader asset class of Altcoins now refers to Bitcoin-like alternatives. They position themselves as having advantages over Bitcoin, and in many cases they do, if you don't count valuation – yet.
Money in your hand! Get paid on the spot blockchain-style. Your mobile devices can act as your payment gateway whether you're running a popup shop, at a show, or using on the floor sales staff.
Getting a position in cryptocurrencies, far less expensive processing fees, nearly instant processing times for money in hand, providing alternate payment options for your clients – these are just the beginning of a great many business opportunities that could provide a significant boost in growth directions for your business.
Just to clarify, there are no "coins" being carried around with cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and the rest. Cryptocurrencies are entirely digital and live in their own respective Blockchains. The Block-what-now? A Blockchain is a kind of global-internet "ledger" (nerds hate it when we call it that because it's so much more) that keeps a secure record of every transaction exchanged between parties.
The "block" in Blockchain are linked together in such a way that the sequence of the blocks cannot be guessed or fabricated; they are created as they go in real time and are replicated around the world. The whole blockchain must be in agreement with itself in order to confirm the validity of a transaction and it checks itself constantly. If someone tries to tamper with one part of a transaction in one block, all the other blocks around the world will see that it's in disagreement and declare it to be invalid, thus preventing tampering.
As a result the entire blockchain "agrees" that your transactions exists; that you really do have 10 Bitcoin in your wallet; that you really did sell 1 Bitcoin to another user and so on.
Since blockchains for any cryptocurrency is distributed and decentralized across all participating computers and wallets, there is no central controlling bank, government, or entity. This provides the advantage of the blockchain being quicker, more reliable, cheaper, and untethered to government policy.
Traditionally, credit cards make up a disproportionate part of ECommerce payments globally. In addition, some ECommerce operations allow for PayPal, ACH or Direct Debit, and in some rare occasions, cheque is still accommodated.
While security, terms and processing have improved and become more competitive, there are some fundamental truths to these methods :
In short; it's fine. At best it's "fine" and ECommerce operations take their merchant relationships as a necessary evil.
It's early days for Cryptocurrencies – early phase for development and market adoption. Digital currencies like bitcoin will remain as hyper volatile assets for many years. For the high volatility rate of cryptocurrencies to decrease, the market will need time to mature and evolve. Large gains and losses of 10% and more on any given day are quite likely to occur frequently.
For ECommerce businesses what does this mean? Volatility will mean that decisions will need to be made as to how you hold currency you receive from clients and customers. Cryptocurrencies are experiencing the scrutiny and reaction of the markets to their true perceived value and credibility – some reduced to near-zero value. Are you willing to hold bitcoin positions regularly and remain in the market? Do you prefer to limit market exposure and sell regularly? This strategy may change over time with experience.
In short, legitimacy. Not because it is legitimate already, but because it could be headed in legitimate territory. Large enterprise is beginning to invest heavily in these currencies. Large incumbent ECommerce players such as Amazon, Target, Newegg, Dell, and many more beginning to accept it as payment. Processing gateways have already started to mature and the risks of accepting cryptocurrency has shrunk to almost nothing. While the potential benefits of improved cash flow, customer satisfaction, and the bonus of an ever increasing value makes for a boost in business.
Here are some benefits your ECommerce store can expect by accepting cryptocurrency: