The analysis found that since 2017, bitcoin payments have become economically infeasible due to a tenfold increase in transaction cost that can account for as much as 30% of smaller payment amounts. The slowness of transactions was also cited.
One Russian dark web user released a statement advising vendors they had to find an alternative to bitcoin to keep his business. The average transactions in the underground economy begin at between $50 and $300. Speed of payment is important on the dark web, as delays increase the risk of being cheated. The prospect of having to wait up to 24 hours to confirm transactions, along with high payment fees, has rendered bitcoin payments unusable for many dark web users.