I've been out of bitcoin as far as investing since early this year when it started its huge decline, so I was pretty lucky in that sense.
The biggest thing I didn't like about using it as just a digital currency for buying things was the price fluctuations.
Sure it was great to see the account value go up almost everyday like it did in 2017, but what if it went down like this year? If your just using bitcoin as a way to buy/pay for things, using a unstablised digital currency can be hazards. As more retailers have begun to accept bitcoin as a payment option, I really don't see how bitcoin can rise above or equal more traditional forms of payment, until it becomes a stabilized currency.
My most recent and final bitcoin experience (unless things seriously change) was last month.
The plan seemed ok at the time, buy a little bitcoin, save a little money and pay for what I wanted with bitcoin and be done.
Well that plan didn't work out to well.
Even though I have used coinbase for bitcoin transactions in the past, my deposit was placed on a 20 day hold before I could even use or withdraw it.
Ok, a little inconvenient, I guess I can wait, what could happen in that short time?
Well lucky me, after months of fairly stable (although low) bitcoin prices, the price tanks +40% during my 20 day hold period. And all I can do is watch my account balance drop.
I thought about just riding it out, but in the end I said screw this, and transferred the remaining money back out.
Which after transaction fees was now sitting at a 50% loss from when I started.
So much for trying to save a few bucks
Had I been able to use the bitcoin immediately, or pretty darn sooner, the result would have been less harsh.
Which brings me back to the point, that if bitcoin wants to become a main stream form of payment.
Stabilizing this wild digital currency is a must.