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mk  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What will the price of Bitcoin be one year from today?

    question: why is 1 bitcoin worth 7000 dollars?

Because due to its properties, people can disagree on its value to the tune of $7000.




flagamuffin  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·  

i agree that gets us part of the way to an explanation

mk  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·  

From one perspective (perhaps a frustrating one) that's the whole of it.

The dollar bills in my pocket seem slightly silly things, and I think they will seem only more so with time. It's not just their backing, but their scarcity that gives them value. They stop at small denominations because their scarcity is largely an equation of ROI.

The numbers in my bank account seem a bit crazy to me. I need to trust so much that I have so little power over.

flagamuffin  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·  

however, bitcoin is not a currency

mk  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That doesn't matter much when it comes to its value. It has some useful properties of currency, and lacks some undesirable ones. It has its faults too, but it needn't be a currency to have value.