PayPal and Venmo to Change their Crypto Transaction Fees

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PayPal and Venmo announced they will change their fee structures for the crypto transactions as of March.

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Venmo, owned by PayPal, announced the launch of crypto on Venmo in April 2021, enabling customers to buy, hold and sell cryptocurrency directly within the Venmo app. PayPal announced the launch of its crypto services in October 2020, according to a press release.  

Under the current crypto fee structure — which will end March 21, 2022 — PayPal and Venmo charge a $0.50 flat fee for transactions up to $25; purchases or sales between $25 and $100 have a 2.3% fee, and transactions between $100.01 and $200 have a 2% fee, according to their websites.

This structure will change March 21, 2022, at 9 a.m. central time. Then, crypto transactions up to $200 will carry a minimum flat fee. For transactions up to $4.99, there will be a $0.49 flat feel for transactions between $5 and $24.99, there will be a $0.99 flat fee; for transactions between $25 and $74.99, there will be a $1.99 flat feel and for those between $75 and $200, there will be a $2.49 flat fee, according to an announcement on both websites.

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Transactions over $200 will carry a percentage fee, with those between $200 and $1000 having a 1.8% charge, and those over $1000, having a $1.5 charge.

“This change is part of our ongoing commitment to provide transparency, ease of understanding and clarity to our customers,” a PayPal spokesperson told Barron’s. “The changes will be effective for both PayPal and Venmo customers on March 21, 2022.”

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PayPal was down nearly 4% on Wednesday, continuing a two-week decline that started when the company reported at the beginning of February a disappointing fourth quarter and weak guidance, Barron’s reported. The stock was down 4.2% in pre-market trading on February 17. 

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Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy is a full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She also worked as a vice president/senior content writer for major NYC-based financial companies, including New York Life and MSCI. Yaël is now freelancing and most recently, she co-authored  the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare,” with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in Journalism from New York University and one in Russian Studies from Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.

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