Why does a sell take so long?

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For eligible customers, when digital currency is sold using a linked PayPal account as the Payout Method, the funds are credited instantly. You'll wait seconds instead of days to receive your money.

US Customers

For US customers, Coinbase uses the ACH bank transfer system for transfers to your bank account. The ACH bank transfer system typically takes 3-5 business days to complete after initiating a sell or withdrawal. Coinbase will deduct the balance from your source of funds and begin the bank transfer immediately.

Business days

"Business days" means Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm. Bank holidays and weekends are not counted as business days. When you place an order in the evening, the ACH transfer is not started until the following business day. Your transaction details will always show the estimated completion date of your order taking all these factors into account.

ACH transfers usually complete by the end of the business day - 11:59 PM PT, as Coinbase is based in San Francisco, CA.

European Customers

Since your local currency is stored within your Coinbase account, all buys and sells occur instantly. For more information on the timing of deposits and withdrawals, please see How long do international deposits and withdrawals take?