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The Litecoin Advantage: Avoiding Costly Bitcoin Transaction Fee Mistakes


On Thanksgiving, a Bitcoin user paid an exorbitant transaction fee of $3.1 million for transferring 139 BTC. This has once again highlighted the challenges associated with congestion on the Bitcoin network. In contrast, the Litecoin network offers the same properties of Bitcoin, with transaction fees consistently staying under a penny.



The sender sent 139 BTC but only ended up with 55 BTC spending 83 BTC as a transaction fee. The mining pool Antpool was the winner of block 818087.


It appears the replace-by-fee (RBF) feature with Bitcoin and the sender's lack of awareness of how it works may have been the reason for the costly mistake. RBF allows unconfirmed transactions in the mempool to be replaced with higher-fee transactions to get priority when the blocks are full. Bitcoin blocks have been full for weeks now due to the Bitcoin rising price and Bitcoin Ordinals.


While Bitcoin struggles with congestion and high transaction fees, Litecoin emerges as a compelling alternative. Litecoin's network has around 5x more transactional capacity (including Litecoin MWEB) than Bitcoin does. Furthermore, Litecoin doesn't currently have the (RBF) enabled which may have been the reason for the users mistake on Bitcoin.


As decentralized digital money gains momentum in this next wave of adoption, Litecoin's affordability and speed position it as the ideal complement to Bitcoin, addressing the challenges associated with congestion and high fees on the Bitcoin network.



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