PayPal enables US users to sell cryptocurrency via MetaMask wallet

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Global payment giant PayPal continues expanding its digital asset services, integrating new methods to sell cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC).

On Sept. 11, PayPal introduced new on- and off-ramps for Web3 payments, allowing users in the United States to convert their crypto to U.S. dollars directly from their wallets into their PayPal balance.

According to the announcement, the PayPal off-ramp feature is immediately available to wallets, decentralized applications and nonfungible token marketplaces and is live on MetaMask.

The new features are designed to enable customers to buy and sell several cryptocurrencies in the United States.

“Once integrated, web3 merchants can help grow their user base by connecting to PayPal’s fast and seamless payments experience trusted by millions, while leveraging PayPal’s robust security controls and tools for fraud management, chargebacks and disputes,” PayPal noted.

Promotional video for PayPal’s on- and off-ramps. Source: YouTube

A video on YouTube promoting PayPal’s on- and off-ramp features includes a screenshot from its interface showing a user sending 0.0015 BTC ($50) to an external wallet with a $5 network fee and $2.19 transaction fee. The video doesn’t specify what wallet was used for the transaction. It’s worth noting that MetaMask doesn’t support BTC transactions on the original Bitcoin blockchain.

PayPal did not immediately respond to Cointelegraph’s request for comment.

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The latest rollout comes shortly after PayPal partnered with major hardware wallet firm Ledger to provide a new on-ramp integration in August 2023, allowing verified PayPal users in the U.S. to buy Bitcoin, Ether (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Litecoin (LTC) directly on a Ledger hardware wallet via its native Ledger Live software.

As previously reported, MetaMask started rolling out Ether purchases via PayPal for users in the U.S. in May 2023. MetaMask parent company ConsenSys and PayPal initially partnered to enable ETH transactions in late 2022.

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