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No, Bitcoin (BTC) Is Not More Expensive Than Ethereum: Myth Debunked

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Thu, 11/07/2024 - 12:17
No, Bitcoin (BTC) Is Not More Expensive Than Ethereum: Myth Debunked
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Many people believe that Bitcoin is far more expensive than Ethereum and not suitable for regular transfers. However, that is no longer true, and ETH has been far more expensive than Bitcoin for transactions since 2021.

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When compared to Ethereum, Bitcoin has typically had cheaper transaction fees. For example, as of July 8, 2024, the median transaction fee for Ethereum is $0.68, whereas it is $0.40 for Bitcoin. This pattern has been stable, indicating that regular transfers and peer-to-peer payments may actually be less expensive with Bitcoin. 

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According to Ki Young Ju's analysis of the on-chain data, Ethereum's median transaction fees have increased multiple times since 2021, often outpacing those of Bitcoin. This change has mostly been brought about by Ethereum's growing popularity, particularly in light of the emergence of decentralized finance (DeFi) and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), which frequently clog the network and increase fees. 

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As of right now, the Bitcoin chart shows that the coin is trading at approximately $58,274 and that it has crossed above the 200 EMA, suggesting that a recovery phase may be underway. This optimistic outlook is further reinforced by the volume patterns and the RSI at 40 points. In contract, because of its greater use cases — which include smart contracts and other decentralized applications — the Ethereum network has seen higher transaction costs. Although useful, these extra features have resulted in increased fees, particularly during times of high network traffic.

Looking at recent data, the idea that using Bitcoin is intrinsically more expensive than using Ethereum is not supported. The myth about Bitcoin's high costs is dispelled by its lower transaction fees, which make it a practical choice for regular transactions and peer-to-peer payments.

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