BitMEX Responds to Gold Bug’s Harsh Bitcoin Criticism!

BitMEX Responds to Gold Bug's Harsh Bitcoin Criticism!
BitMEX Responds to Gold Bug's Harsh Bitcoin Criticism!

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Gold bug Peter Schiff drew attention to the exorbitant fees charged for Bitcoin transactions after the halving. The famous economist called this development a failure for BTC. BitMEX Research strongly disagreed with Peter Schiff, who questioned the effectiveness of Bitcoin.

Peter Schiff criticized Bitcoin transaction fees

Following the completion of the fourth Halving event, renowned economist Peter Schiff set the stage for a heated debate on the efficacy of Bitcoin (BTC) as a digital currency. Schiff criticized Bitcoin’s rising transaction fees and slow transaction times. The gold bug cast doubt on BTC’s ability to function as a viable medium of exchange. Moreover, Schiff’s first post highlighted the staggering cost of completing a BTC transaction. In this regard, Schiff stated the following:

The cost to complete a Bitcoin transaction is now $128, and the transaction takes half an hour to complete. This is yet another reason why Bitcoin cannot function as a digital currency. The cost of actually using Bitcoin as a currency is prohibitively high for almost all transactions. This is a failure.

BitMEX Research responds to the Gold Bug

However, users said that these statistics are incorrect. Accordingly, they stated that the average Bitcoin transaction time ranges between 10 and 20 minutes. Also, amidst Schiff’s scathing assessment, BitMEX Research came out with a dissenting viewpoint. Quoting Schiff’s tweet, BitMEX Research challenged the economist’s narrative regarding Bitcoin’s “failure”.

“The high $128 cost of sending Bitcoin is an indicator of success, not failure,” BitMEX Research analysts said. They likened the situation to a crowded restaurant. BitMEX Research also acknowledged that while rising fees are an indicator of popularity, high fees can discourage usage and hinder future adoption.

Peter Schiff: Gold works better than Bitcoin!

In the midst of these debates, a Bitcoin supporter questioned the cost of securely shipping 1 lb of gold around the world. Economist Peter Schiff felt the need to answer this question. Schiff emphasized the utility of gold as a currency. In this context, he argued that such costs are meaningless. Schiff expressed his thoughts on this issue as follows:

This is irrelevant. People are not currently using gold as a currency. But if they wanted to, gold could be tokenized on a Blockchain. The transaction time would be almost instantaneous and the cost would be minimized. Gold works much better on the Blockchain than Bitcoin.

As you follow from, he shared a sarcastic comment after the Bitcoin Halving event ended. Schiff suggested that Bitcoin investors will soon see their net worth ‘halved’. Therefore, he implied that investors will be disappointed. Schiff’s behavior drew backlash from the cryptocurrency community.

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BitMEX Responds to Gold Bug’s Harsh Bitcoin Criticism!