Bitcoin Transaction Fees Reach an All-Time High After Halving: Is the Cost Excluding Users?


For the first time ever, bitcoin transaction fees have increased to over $100, which has many worried about the currency’s usability and possible sell-offs.

  • Transaction fees for bitcoin have increased dramatically, going above $100 for the first time ever.
  • Concerns regarding storing and using Bitcoin have increased in the wake of the recent halving event.
  • Small Bitcoin balances are being trapped by high fees, which exceed transaction costs and make them unusable.

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Transaction fees on the Bitcoin network are skyrocketing; on April 20, they broke through the $100 barrier for the first time ever. This development occurs soon after the most recent Bitcoin halving event, which halves the quantity of new Bitcoin that miners are rewarded with.

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The Fee Increase Explained

The cost of a Bitcoin transaction depends on supply and demand. Users fight for space on the blockchain due to a fixed 10-minute block generation time and a limited block size. When users outbid one another to have miners prioritize their transactions, higher demand results in higher fees.


This is not like other cryptocurrency designs. While Litecoin (LTC) shortened block times, Monero (XMR) combined the two, and Nano (XNO) eliminated fees completely with a secure fee-less architecture, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) increased block sizes.

Concerns regarding a possible sell-off are raised by the extraordinary fee increase, as the expense of storing and transporting Bitcoin becomes unaffordable. The market waits to see if there is less demand for block space, which would result in cheaper prices. Users are left footing a steep price for each Bitcoin transaction in the interim, about four times the average daily income worldwide.

Elevated Bitcoin Transaction Costs Immobilize Minor Balances data shows that over the previous 24 hours, users paid an average of $105.69 per transaction, which is equivalent to about 0.00166 BTC or 166,150 satoshis (sats, the smallest unit of Bitcoin). Remarkably, the fees for the last four blocks that were mined exceeded 1,072 sat/vB, or $100 for standard SegWit transactions (a method of reducing transaction size).


Prior to April 2021, the highest fee ever recorded in USD was $62.78, according to records. There are two sides to the fee increase. Users suffer severe consequences, but miners gain from the extra revenue stream, particularly following the reduction in block reward due to the halving.

Bitcoin Washout

The rise in “washout,” or small account balances and unspent transaction outputs rendered useless because fees exceeded their value, is one significant effect. Over half (53.94%) of all Bitcoin addresses, according to BitInfoCharts, have less than 0.001 BTC in them. When fees surpass $100, these balances are essentially “washed out.”

In addition, a lot of traders and investors store their Bitcoin on centralized exchanges and only sometimes remove it for long-term storage. Withdrawals are pricey due to high fees, which may cause people to sell their Bitcoin in order to convert it to cash or another cryptocurrency.

In Retrospect

  • Globally, the average transaction fee is $100. Users who live in areas with lower average incomes might be more affected by the fee increase than those who live in wealthier areas.
  • The adoption of Bitcoin as a regular payment method may be hampered by high transaction fees, particularly for smaller transactions.

This is Significant

The increase in transaction fees for Bitcoin raises questions about the scalability and accessibility of the cryptocurrency. Although miners profit in the short run, the high expense of transferring or storing small amounts of Bitcoin may cause users to sell their holdings and prevent the currency from becoming widely used.

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