How Crypto Hardware Wallet Firms Make Money

All the companies that are involved in producing hardware crypto wallets have multiple revenue streams, either directly or indirectly.

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The hardware wallet industry has emerged as one of the most resilient sectors to the ongoing cryptocurrency winter, with issues like the FTX crash bringing in even more cold wallet sales.

The bear market of 2022 has once again reminded crypto investors of the importance of self-custody and independence from centralized exchanges (CEX).

As a result, some major CEXs like Binance has increased their investment exposure to hard wallet firms, while CEO Changpeng Zhao even suggested that CEXs may no longer be necessary in the future. Should it be the case, the crypto industry of the future will be quite unlike the existing one because the business model of hardware wallets is very different from that of CEXs.

One massive difference is how hardware wallets make money because — unlike CEXs — cold wallets don’t charge any fees for most transactions by design. But selling devices cannot be the sole revenue stream for cold wallet manufacturers due to a number of reasons, including that hardware wallets are durable devices that don’t often need upgrades.