Anyone who regularly uses Bitcoin will have noticed the Bitcoin transaction fees have recently exploded. Every transaction on the Bitcoin network includes a fee, paid to reward the Bitcoin miner that processes the transaction. With Bitcoin’s recent explosion in popularity, the fee to process at Bitcoin transaction within a reasonable time can be £10-£30. Many Bitcoin wallets will allow you to set a lower fee, should you wish, but this often leads to a transaction becoming ‘stranded‘ for weeks before it is confirmed.
My preferred Bitcoin supplier has been UK based Bitbargain for many years. However, as you can see above, at present the Bitcoin transaction fee can be over £15. This fluctuates throughout the day based on demand, and in recent weeks the lowest available fee has often been over £20. For smaller transactions, this can mean the fee paid exceeds the value of the transaction.
Not too long ago, this fee would have been a matter of pence. Paying an additional fee of £2-£3 would result in an expedited transaction and confirmations within minutes. Unfortunately at present, this is not the case, and my advice would be to use alternative coins such as Litecoin or Bitcoin Cash in lieu of Bitcoin where possible. These altcoins offer much faster confirmations with negligible fees of a few pence.