The transaction charges of Bitcoin and Ethereum have slumped to six-month lows because the markets cool after the latest crypto downturn.

Based on BitInfoCharts, the common value of performing a transaction utilizing Bitcoin has fallen from an early-April all-time excessive of $62.77 to round $7.20 — an 88% drop over simply six weeks. 

Bitcoin common transaction charges – BitInfoCharts

The falling Bitcoin transaction charges seem to have been pushed by a decline in total market exercise, with every day volumes evaporating from greater than $67 billion on Could 10 to $30 billion as of this writing, in response to CoinGecko

The meteoric 2021 crypto bull-run has seen the common transaction charges related to utilizing Bitcoin or the Ethereum mainnet steadily skyrocket to unprecedented ranges in latest months.

In February 2021, Bitcoin’s charges almost tripled in two weeks following a Feb. 8 announcement that Tesla added $1.5 billion price of Bitcoin to its steadiness sheet.

The information sparked a surge in crypto hypothesis, with the value breaking its former excessive of $40,000 earlier than topping out at $54,410. Information from CoinGecko reveals that 24-hour quantity for BTC elevated by almost double from $57 billion on Feb. 7 — the day earlier than Tesla’s announcement — to $101 billion on Feb. 23.

The typical value of Bitcoin charges once more surged right into a document excessive of $62.77 on April 21 after the value of BTC spike to tag an area high of $64,804 on April 14. Bitcoin’s charges peaked on April 21 sparked by a rise in market exercise because the markets started exhibiting weak spot, as merchants raced one another to money out close to the highs.

Bitcoin value chart – CoinGecko

Information from YCharts additionally reveals that common Ethereum charges have dropped from Could 20’s document excessive of $72.21 to only $4.80, a 93% discount in lower than two weeks. 

Ethereum common transaction charges – YCharts

Growing adoption of Ethereum-powered decentralized finance and nonfungible tokens noticed common charges improve from $3.50 at the start of the yr to new highs of almost $40 by the tip of February.

Whereas builders sought to self-discipline the charge markets by means of April’s Berlin arduous fork, a speculative frenzy surrounding Shiba Inu and different ERC-20 canine tokens drove additional congestion on the Ethereum mainnet, once more pushing charges to document highs final month. 

Ethereum’s transaction charges final established a brand new all-time excessive of $71.21 on Could 19, with Cointelegraph reporting {that a} rush of merchants racing to exit leveraged positions on-chain amid plummeting crypto costs was accountable for the hike. 

Advanced sensible contract transactions incurred charges of greater than 10 instances the common on the peak of the market turmoil, with CoinShares CSO, Meltem Demirors, reporting claiming to have paid greater than $1,000 for a single transaction.