Today we’ll be reviewing Xcoins, which is a new peer-to-peer lending platform that was launched recently.
Buying bitcoins is risky business for everyone, especially due to the possibility of a chargeback. However, Xcoin claims to have found a way around this, since they loan you bitcoins instead of selling them to you. Here’s how it works:
Visit the site and select to “loan” some bitcoins. You’ll be asked to verify your ID and requested to deposit the USD equivalent of how much you’d like to borrow + credit card/ PayPal processing fees + a fixed amount that will be acting as the interest rate on the loan.
Fortunately, there is no ongoing interest on the loan since it is just a one-time payment. Usually, these fees go up to more than 20%.
Selling (or lending) Bitcoins on Xcoins
Xcoins even gives the option to lend bitcoins. You can decide how much you wish to loan in USD and deposit that amount in your Xcoins account. The system automatically matches you with suitable buyers and they will deposit money directly to your PayPal account.
In this scenario, you are lending .5 BTC. You would make 15% profit and Xcoins would make 10% profit.
Xcoins put the risk of the transaction on the lender that wants to make money from the premium. There is currently a 15% premium on the bitcoin lending as seen above. So as long as you get a fraudulent customer for less than 15% of the time, you’d end up with a profit.
Xcoins claims that they thoroughly screen all the people that want to buy bitcoins, to reduce the amount of fraud. Also, new users can only withdraw a limited amount of bitcoin and the limit only increases after the user develops a good reputation over time.
What are the benefits?
The main benefit for any seller is obviously to earn around 15% interest when selling bitcoin on the platform.
For the buyer, the advantage is that you don’t need to wire money to an exchange. You can get bitcoin instantly through PayPal or credit card by just paying a slightly higher premium.
What are the risks?
Once you turn over your bitcoins to the buyer, they can choose to challenge the PayPal transaction and unfortunate to the seller, PayPal almost always sides with the buyer. So, the buyer would end up with both the money and bitcoins and you’d be left with nothing else than remorse. This is why you get paid a premium.
Conclusion – Will I be using Xcoins?
Being a buyer: Xcoins still seems a little unstable to be used for large purchases since it is very new. Although, if the only way you can acquire bitcoins is through PayPal and you’re willing to pay the price, this might be a substitute to VirWox.
Being a seller: No one would want to risk being flagged by PayPal, thus I wouldn’t recommend this to others as well. However, if you want to try it out, go ahead and please share your experience with us right here in the comments section. We’d love to hear all about it!