A New England Patriots fan is believed to have made Super Bowl history after snapping up a pair of tickets for Sunday’s NFL showdown using Bitcoin. The buyer, who wishes to remain anonymous, contacted a secondary ticket vendor on Thursday after being unable to use the cryptocurrency with official ticket outlets. TickPick decided to take up the offer and locked in the sale when the price of the volatile currency was worth $9,360, taking the cost to almost $19,000 (£13,400). While that might seem steep, the seats were located on the first row on the 50-yard line. TickPick was recently selling row 2 seats for $15,255 each. “The reason why we did it was because a customer reached out and said, ‘I have some bitcoin and I’d love to use it to make it happen,'” Brett Goldberg, co-CEO of TickPick, told Benzinga.
“I was very sceptical at first, but it was super easy to be honest and we saved a lot of money on fees.” Mr Goldberg pointed out that had the customer used an American Express credit card to buy the tickets, they would have had to pay a 2.89-percent fee on the transaction.
Instead, the firm paid a 0.1 percent charge. He also noted that the use of Bitcoin, which has seen its price plunge in recent days, ended up costing the customer more. “When we started the conversation, bitcoin was valued around $11,500, but by the time we did the deal, it was down to $9,000.
That’s how crazy it was over a four-day period. Originally he was going to do 2 bitcoin, but he ended up paying 2.2,” Mr Goldberg said.
While the ticket reseller was happy with accepting Bitcoin on a one-off basis, Mr Goldberg said the currency’s volatility meant it wouldn’t be a regular feature. “In an hour you can see hundreds of dollars in swing,” he told UPI. Read more from telegraph.co.uk…
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