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Jimmy Song and Greg Maxwell: Credit Cards Are Better for Purchases Than Bitcoin

Bitcoin Core contributors Jimmy Song and Greg Maxwell encouraged using credit cards over Bitcoin for purchases, highlighting areas for growth for payments-focused cryptocurrencies.

In a recent tweet, Song, a Bitcoin Core contributor, encouraged users to employ credit cards for purchases and selling Bitcoin to pay off the bill, rather than use it for the payment directly:

If you want to use Bitcoin as a method of payment, this strategy is more rational and convenient than doing lots of on-chain tx's: 1. Spend with your credit card with no debt on it.2. When your credit card bill comes, sell just enough bitcoin to pay the bill. — Jimmy Song (송재준) (@jimmysong) October 8, 2018

Song’s comments came under sharp criticism from members of the mainly Bitcoin Cash-focused community /r/BTC, many of whom considered the suggestion to use fiat currency instead of Bitcoin to be a betrayal of its core principles.

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Song’s comments, however, also received support and agreement. In a comment on Reddit in response to the posting of Song’s tweet, former Blockstream CTO Greg Maxwell concurred and outlined various advantages of using credit cards over cryptocurrency payments:

“Bonus: The credit card can give you a 2% (e.g. citi double cash) to 3% (e.g. alliant visa) cash back, super consumer friendly anti-fraud (virtually no questions asked fraud reversals, plus things like prices rollback)… and you don’t get forced to do business with crappy “bitcoin payment processors” that pump altcoins, work like junk, instantly convert most payments to fiat anyways, and charge a hefty fee/spread for the privilege.”

While likely attempting to defend Bitcoin’s usage as a store of value rather than a direct payments system, Maxwell and Song nonetheless pointed out legitimate advantages that using the current financial system and payments industry provides, including s...

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