It has been already 2 months since I've been experimenting with bitcoin cloud mining contracts on HashFlare.io. In today's article, I will share my observations and concerns about this cloud mining program.
Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links to hashflare.io cloud mining website, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on hashflare.io, I will earn a 10% affiliate income at no cost to you. Also, I'm not a financial advisor and I don't give you any advice, I'm just sharing my own experience. Investments in stocks, funds, bonds or cryptos are risk investments and you could lose some or all of your money. Do your due diligence before investing in any kind of asset.
I should note that I have been exposed to crypto investments since the second part of 2017, at the start with the simple buy and hold, later experimenting with day/swing trading, extending to building a custom GPU mining rig and last, but not least - investing in cloud mining contracts.
Here is what I told 2 months ago, before investing first capital in HashFlare.io:
Dude, this has been one crazy cryptocurrency investment year - at least for me. Starting simple buy and hold operations on Coinbase.com, extending to swing trades, crypto lending and now at the end of December 2017 ordering details for 12 GPU mining rig. I thought - that's it, there is no way more I could expose myself to cryptos. Turns out I was wrong, as there are still cloud mining contracts available.
Now, during the past two months l have explored other crypto options, with Gekko Trading bot being the latest discovery for my crypto activities, but now let's return to the hashflare.io review and see how did it go for the past two months.
During the past 2 months, I have increased hashing power for Bitcoin SHA-256 mining contract from 0.23 TH/s to 1.19TH/s using kind of dollar cost averaging and income I've made from HashFlare.io referrals. In fact, the total income from referrals is much greater than income from actual cloud mining.
That concerns me a lot, and lately, I keep worrying how legit hashflare is after all? There are many ponzi scheme signs - like how comes there is an always available increase for hashpower, while for other cloud mining contracts there are always sold out cloud mining contracts and to buy a new cloud mining contract some need to wait some 3 months.
Always sold out BTC mining contracts on Genesis Mining
Here is a good point a fellow cloud miner used to describe current situation with hashflare:
nobody has seen they data centers...
- yeah, obviously, its because the money is coming in
yeah, just estonian virtual company formation
and taking the cash in..
You probably have heard about bitconnect scam case ( BitConnect — Anatomy of a Scam) and right now the business model of hashflare for me seems somehow similar to bitconnect.
Now, if you are concerned about always available hash power increase on HashFlare.io - I wouldn't recommend actually to invest here.
In fact, to clarify these questions I've decided to contact hashflare directly and raise these questions, make sure you subscribe to web push notifications or e-mail newsletter below to not to miss an important update.
Payouts / Maintenance fee
It should be noted that earnings on Hashflare.io are made in BTC, so the total value of earnings in USD depends on BTC/USD exchange rates. If BTC goes up in value, so do earnings in USD, if it goes down, so do earnings in USD. There is also a daily maintenance fee to be paid for BTC mining on Hashflare.
In bellow table, I've listed the totals of payout, maintenance, and profit for the past 2 months. The profit value in USD is based on February 21, 2018, BTC/USD exchange rates ($11,148.20)
With the current BTC/USD exchange rates, I've made in profit $40.12. I should note that the direct investment from my pocket in Hashflare.io BTC cloud mining contract is $94.60, and total hashing power 1.19TH/s.
Let me explain, I opened a cloud mining contract by purchasing 0.23TH/s hashing power and investing $50.60 + at the start of each new month (January, February) I invest additional $20 to purchase additional 0.10 TH/s hashing power, also I reinvest 50% from profit in additionally hashing power.
Now, the fun part comes from the hashflare.io referrals, which actually have earned me way more than direct cloud mining. From my previous articles about hashflare.io, there have been in total 12 referral signups, earning me 0.02176574 BTC. Half of that I've reinvested in hashing power, while other half kept for withdrawals.
Hashflare.io has one of the most generous affiliate programs in the industry, giving a flat 10% commission from each new referrals investment. As for an affiliate marketer I find it amazing, as an investor in hashflare.io I still find it fishy (see my concerns above about a possible Ponzi scheme)
I've made referral signups from my previous articles about hashflare:
- I Just invested $50.60 in Hashflare.io Cloud Mining
- HashFlare Review - I'm Making $0.50 Per day from Bitcoin cloud mining and I want more
- Should You Invest in Hashflare Ethereum Cloud Mining Contract or Build Your Own GPU Mining Rig
- HashFlare.io Review After 1 month Bitcoin Cloud Mining Experiment
During the past two months, I haven't yet withdrawn any btc from hashflare, according to the current minimum withdrawal limit set at 0.05 BTC it could take me long before I will be able to withdraw any funds from hashflare. I hope to reach minimum payout limit by the end of the time my first cloud mining contracts will start to expire (December 2018)