J.P. Morgan’s Risky Behavior

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“At this time, we are not processing cryptocurrency purchases using credit cards, due to the volatility and risk involved. We will review the issue as the market evolves.”

That’s about as disingenuous as Jamie Dimon’s “bitcoin is a fraud.”  Since when does the bank watch out for consumer risk and volatility?

“I’m sorry.  You were attempting to place a bet on a 15 to 1 shot in the 7th race.  J.P. Morgan will not facilitate that bet due to the long odds.  How about that favorite, Sugar Biscuit, going out at 3:1 in the eighth race?”

Overheard at an Atlantic City casino:

“Damn credit card won’t work. J.P. Morgan says they don’t fund buying an inside straight.”

Message from the online escort website:

“Due to the risky nature of unprotected sex, use of this credit card without a condom is prohibited.”

Message on a pack of cigarettes:

“Cigarettes are risky business.  J.P. Morgan credit cards should not be used in the purchase of cigarettes and other tobacco products.”

Bartender in an Irish pub to a customer:

“Your bank credit card won’t work here.  Sometin’ about binge drinking and risky behavior. Don’t know.”

 

 

 

171002 Here’s the Problem

Let’s say you own a website that sells bicycles.  Someone seeing your page decides that’s the perfect bicycle for me and decides to order one.  At your website, a variety of methods for customers to pay for their orders is provided.  All of the usual methods such as credit/debit card, PayPal or check are there.  If the customer chooses to pay by check, instructions include the proviso that the order does not ship until the check has cleared. The reason for that is obvious.  How will you know the check is any good unless you try to cash it.

The card companies have vetted the customers well enough that they are willing to risk the few bad apples that will thwart careful scrutiny.  If a card is stolen, it has not yet been reported.  Or, if the customer doesn’t have enough credit and they are unable to stop the transaction, the banks have enough information to successfully pursue payment. In that case, they do not have to assign a waiting period.  But, with all of these procedures and devices for ensuring payment, there is still a huge fraud rate in the credit/debit card industry.  The recent proliferation of cards with chips has improved the situation somewhat.  There is also the enormous expense to the merchant by the banks for this money handling.  Rates vary from 2.35% to 6%.  There are also fees to the customers, though those might be hidden.  After all, the merchant fees paid to banks must come from somewhere.

Bitcoin does away with all of that. If your site accepted Bitcoin, the customer would read you address into his Bitcoin Wallet and send you Bitcoin.  The Bitcoin would arrive instantly.  The transaction would be complete. It’s that simple.  Done.  Over. Finished.  No fees. No waiting period. No risk of non-payment. No lack of credit. No bounced checks. That’s the beauty of Bitcoin.