eBay Could Soon Accept Bitcoin, Ethereum And Dogecoin For Payments: Report

Zinger Key Points
  • CEO Jamie Iannone said eBay could announce adding support for cryptocurrencies during its upcoming investor day on March 10.
  • Iannone acknowledged that eBay had changed its policies last year to allow for non-fungible token (NFT) trading on its platform.

Multinational eCommerce giant eBay Inc EBAY is reportedly looking into accepting cryptocurrency as a means of payment.

What Happened: According to a report from The Street, eBay is studying the possibility of adding support for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin BTC/USD, Ethereum ETH/USD, and Dogecoin DOGE/USD.

The firm’s CEO Jamie Iannone said that eBay could make an official announcement on its upcoming investor day on March 10.

"We're not accepting crypto currently. But on March 10, we're going to go deeper on all of these things, payments, advertising, our focus categories," he said to The Street.

The move to accept cryptocurrency will be geared towards making eBay the “go-to platform” for Gen Z and Millennials.

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Iannone also acknowledged that eBay had changed its policies last year to allow for non-fungible token (NFT) trading on its platform.

"So even without announcing anything or doing anything, people started trading NFT on a platform," he said.

"It reminded me of many years ago when people just started selling cars when we didn't even have a vehicle business at that point. So we're seeing the same type of thing [with NFTs]."

What Else: The past year has seen a number of companies embrace cryptocurrency as a means of payment on the back of user demand.

Tesla Inc TSLA now accepts DOGE as payment for merchandise on its website, while theater chain AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc AMC already accepts BTC, ETH, Litecoin  LTC/USD, and Bitcoin Cash BCH/USD. The firm expects to add full support for DOGE and Shiba Inu SHIB/USD in March.

Price Action: As of Monday morning, BTC was trading at $39,531.04, down 1.90% in the last 24 hours.

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