Bitpay has recently been attacked on social media for charging an extra fee for BTC transactions that it doesn’t ask of BCH users. The reality is that the company simply has to cover its operational costs related to the BTC network, whose fees are currently very high again.
Bitpay, the popular payment processor that enables merchants to accept bitcoin cash (BCH) and bitcoin core (BTC), has received flack recently from advocates of the latter cryptocurrency. The company is accused of charging an extra fee on BTC transactions in order to push users to choose BCH. However, Bitpay’s fee structure has not changed; it still charges just 1% to process transactions, and the Network Cost charge they refer to was first introduced back in early 2017.
This Network Cost is a charge that helps the processor cover miner fees required for handling the payments. After a user pays an invoice and a miner fee on their side, Bitpay has to pay additional network fees on its side to move all its invoice payments so it can combine them for processing in something called an Unspent Transaction Output (UTXO) sweep.
Bitpay payment flowchart from customer to merchant
Bitpay explains on its support portal that if a Network Cost amount is calculated to be lower than $0.01 and less than 0.05% of the invoice price, the processor does not charge it. Thus BCH payments, which most often are well below this threshold,