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The value of bitcoin has dropped considerably recently, which some commentators have attributed to Chinese bitcoin holders cashing in the virtual currency in large amounts to purchase shares in Chinese internet giant Alibaba, which went public last week on the New York Stock Exchange, reports China’s state-run Securities Times.
The trading price of bitcoin has dropped against the dollar to below US$400, down from close to US$600 in early August. The price of the virtual currency has also dropped 30% on Huobi, China’s bitcoin exchange platform, from 3,600 yuan (US$586) to below 2,500 yuan (US$407).
The report cited bitcoin operation and observation agencies, which stated that the listing of Alibaba was the main reason behind the bitcoin dump in China.
On Sept. 19, the day Alibaba went public, the trading value of bitcoin plunged by as much as 11% to below US$380.
Recent sales of bitcoin in large quantities have been sourced to China. Bitcoin transactions in China exceeded those in the US by 52% last month, and the average trading amount increased from 19,000 to 29,400 per day during the past week.
Some think that the money may flow back into the bitcoin market once investors withdraw funds from Alibaba, but not if Alibaba’s stock price continues to climb. Others commentators think that the sell-off of bitcoin was not necessarily related to the Alibaba listing.
US regulators have moved to shut down Butterfly Labs, a Missouri-based company they allege deceptively marketed computers designed to produce the virtual currency Bitcoin.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said the company charged thousands of consumers between $20m-$50m for its Bitcoin computers and services, but then failed to provide the computers until they were practically useless, or did not do so at all.
Bitcoins are not distributed by a central bank, but instead are “mined” using increasingly complex algorithmic formulas. Solving a formula leads to the Bitcoin system awarding a set number of Bitcoins.
Butterfly purported to sell dedicated Bitcoin mining machines, with its more powerful models costing up to $29,899. According to the FTC, Butterfly employees said some of their machines were useful only as a “room heater”.
In August last year Butterfly announced it was selling the Monarch, a machine the company called the “fastest and most power efficient Bitcoin miner yet”. Consumers were asked for upfront sums between $2,499 and $4,680 to buy the machines.
The company has yet to provide consumers with a single Monarch machine, “despite defendants’ representation that the machines should be delivered by the “end of the year ,” the FTC said in court documents.
“We often see that when a new and little-understood opportunity like Bitcoin presents itself, scammers will find ways to capitalize on the public’s excitement and interest,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s bureau of consumer protection. “We’re pleased the court granted our request to halt this operation, and we look forward to putting the company’s ill-gotten gains back in the hands of consumers.”
In a statement Butterfly Labs said it was “disappointed in the heavy-handed actions” of the FTC and its “rush to judgment”.
“It appears the FTC has decided to go to war on bitcoin overall and is starting with Butterfly Labs. Butterfly Labs is being portrayed by the FTC as a bogus and fake company. To the contrary, Butterfly Labs is very real. As pointed out in court filings Butterfly Labs made last night, Butterfly Labs has shipped more than $33m in products to customers and voluntarily granted refunds approximating $17m to customers for cancelled orders,” the company said.
The company said it was “literally in the midst of shipping out completed products to fulfill the remaining millions of dollars of orders on our books and issuing requested refunds when the FTC effectively closed the doors of Butterfly Labs without any chance to be heard in court”.
A court hearing is set for Monday and Butterfly Labs said it would “defend our business and our nascent and promising industry. The government wants to shut Butterfly Labs down, and we are not going away without a fight to vindicate bitcoin, our company, and our employees. Our continued focus is our customers and finding a way to continue to deliver products and processing refunds for those who have requested them.”