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Get bitcoin with a credit card at xCoins – February 2018 review

Are you interested in borrowing or lending bitcoin but don’t know where to start? xCoins might have just what you’re looking for.

xCoins offers bitcoin to the public through a unique peer-to-peer lending model that connects borrowers and lenders through a series of “secure loans”.

The process of receiving bitcoin on xCoins is the exact same as any exchange. Simply give money to the lender and receive bitcoin instantly. Below, we’ll discuss how this works.

Product Name xCoins P2P Bitcoin Lending
Available Fiat Currencies USD
Available Cryptocurrencies BTC
Payment Methods Bank account, Credit card, Debit card, eCheck, PayPal

Pros

  • Easy verification
  • Good customer service and quick turnaround time
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Users receive bitcoin instantly upon paying the lender

Cons

  • xCoins was hacked in January 2017, raising questions about its security
  • Bad publicity during 2017
  • Website lacks extensive features
  • Maximum loan amount is low
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What is xCoins?

xCoins is officially a peer-to-peer lending platform that connects bitcoin lenders and borrowers. Loans that originate on the platform are person to person; xCoins is merely the middleman that facilitates the transaction.

The California-based company allows users to get bitcoin through a “secured loan,” which can be paid for with any payment method recognized by PayPal. Unlike regular exchanges, borrowers can get their money back if they no longer want the bitcoin.

Lenders can also join xCoins for free. If you decide to lend bitcoin, you can set your own interest rate, collect the loan origination fee and the PayPal processing fee. xCoins recommends that lenders set their interest rate fee at 15% to start.

xCoins has a detailed process in place for both lenders of bitcoin and those who want to borrow it.

Compatible with:

  • xCoins can be accessed through virtually any web browser.

What cryptocurrencies can I borrow/lend?

xCoins supports bitcoin only.

  • Bitcoin

Available countries

XCoins is available in over 40 countries. You can find the full country list after receiving your confirmation code upon signup.

Which payment methods are accepted?

xCoins supports all payment methods accepted by PayPal. This includes:

  • Major credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover
  • Debit cards
  • From bank accounts using the Automated Clearing House (ACH)
  • PayPal Credit and Balance
  • eCheck

How much will it cost me to use xCoins?

xCoins is free for lenders. Borrowers are subject to the following fees:

Transaction typeFee
PayPal processing fee2.9% + $0.30 on top of loan amount and interest
Loan origination fee5% of loan amount or higher, depending on lending volume
Transfer fee payable to bitcoin miner0.00025 BTC

How fast will my funds be available?

Transactions are instant for returning users. First-time users typically wait up to 3 hours if the transaction is entered between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. PST, or up to 12 hours if entered between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. PST.

Are there any transfer limits?

  • Minimum loan amount: $10
  • Maximum loan amount: $1,000

For example, if bitcoin is valued at $4,000, the maximum amount you will be able to borrow is 0.25 BTC ($1,000/$4,000 = 0.25, or a quarter of a bitcoin).

Is it safe to use?

xCoins offers a two-factor authentication model, which means you’ll be asked for your email and phone number during registration. This is protocol is generally considered to be secure and good for privacy.

However, the website was hacked in January 2017, raising significant concerns over security.

The website also has a privacy policy that outlines its use of customer information.

Customer Support

Inquiries made through the Help Desk are usually answered within 24 hours. For a quicker response, users are encouraged to include the transaction number.

xCoins also operates a transparent discussion forum, where users can leave their questions.

xCoins pros & cons

Pros

  • Easy verification
  • Good customer service and quick turnaround time
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Users receive bitcoin instantly upon paying the lender

Cons

  • xCoins was hacked in January 2017, raising questions about its security
  • Bad publicity during 2017
  • Website lacks extensive features
  • Maximum loan amount is low

Next steps

Getting started with xCoins takes just a few minutes. Upon registration, you can use the website to find a bitcoin lender. First-time users should allocate at least half a day to receiving their first order.

You should also carefully read through the website to get acquainted with xCoin’s peer-to-peer lending model. Although it works just like any exchange, it’s important to consider the subtleties when dealing with bitcoin.

xCoins website

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2 Responses

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    ElliottJanuary 23, 2018

    What does the PayPal policy say about receiving payments in exchange for Bitcoins?
    The lender How can you protect yourself if you have a dispute, to receive payment, and why PayPal does not close the account?

    • Staff
      RenchJanuary 23, 2018Staff

      Hi Elliot,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Bitcoin isn’t distributed by one provider, exchange rates will vary depending on which service you use. You might find exchange rates of a fraction of percent to a few percentage points above the mid-market rate. While PayPal takes the wholesale rate it gets from its bank and adds a 2.5% margin. PayPal updates this rate twice a day.

      You may know more about Bitcoin vs Paypal on this page.

      Hope this helps.

      Best regards,
      Rench

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