At first glance, I figured ChangeNOW was another marketing venture with little prospects. With a closer look, I could not have been more wrong!
I make it a point to evaluate services so I can determine and inform you if a service is legit, functional, and worthwhile. This was extremely easy to verify and they also hold a 4.8 out of 5 on Trust Pilot.
Well, here we are with another one - including a pictorial walkthrough on how the exchange process works between ChangeNOW and Atomic Wallet; a pair made in heaven for the Publish0x community, among others!
ChangeNOW offers users the ability to find the best exchange deals on their participating exchanges instantly. No more looking around for the best -% to +% swings per exchange to make the most of your tokens manually, or relying on the sole fluctuations of a single exchange such as Coinbase who are known for high fees and buffering their profits.
This is so effective, I was reimbursed on my very first exchange due to a 20-second market variance in my favor in an amount that would add up to weeks of Tezos staking at that value! This amounted to 1/5 the amount of Tezos (XTZ) staking rewards in my entire Coinbase XTZ experiment that went on for months. That experiment is officially over as the tokens will do far better in Atomic Wallet until they reach my Ledger Nano X.
You have NO NEED TO REGISTER to use their services: You can use the exchange using only your wallet addresses, and no longer have to put yourself through painful approval and whitelisting processes, nor will you ever experience ridiculous hold times, and the fees are so minimal (1% or less) you'll likely be clapping your hands together comparing the fees to what you would have paid through an exchange that requires your identity.
Even when signing up for their service just to test it out or to obtain an affiliate link/account, it only takes seconds and you don't put down so much as an alias for personal information. Now you can get more per every exchange while revealing nothing about yourself.
The affiliate program allows you to set up your own "white-label" DEX (Decentralized Exchange) using the ChangeNOW platform with minimal technical skills through WordPress; this is something I will be setting up within the next week on an idle SSD-hosted domain I own and it's a great way to expand their reach while personalizing your exchange experience and profiting from affiliation. It does not look difficult at all, especially for an experienced web developer.
Here is the link to their affiliate white-label DEX installation instruction page. It's a WordPress plugin that makes it very easy to get started, even for people that are new to web development.
All you are given as an affiliate is an API Key and a passphrase for safe-keeping. Make sure that doesn't get lost, and I'd recommend encrypting & password protecting wherever you store it. Keeping them in encrypted USB cold-storage is a personal favorite method of mine.
Finally, ChangeNOW showed up out of nowhere, caught onto the fact that many of us seek to be completely anonymous and decentralized, and they are now offering that option for the masses.
Better yet, their referral program is oriented around the number of exchanges that your referrals make, and you keep 80% of the profits rather than some tiny slice of the pie compared to any other service. Rewards are paid in Bitcoin, monthly; that would be my first choice, though it's important to note you can just convert it using the same service that pays you for exchanges!
In addition to having both referral and affiliate opportunities, they also offer an ambassador program for those who want to become more involved; including the ability to blog and create YouTube videos for ChangeNOW which is something I will definitely be looking further into.
ChangeNOW supports 170+ and growing of the top 200 tokens which shows it's a fit for practically everyone. This includes Loopring (LRC) which is a lesser-known ERC-20 token we all get paid in here on Publish0x which renders Atomic Wallet an even better fit for withdrawals and conversions when used alongside their service. One of the biggest complaints when Loopring (LRC) came to Publish0x, was the need or desire to convert it, and the expense of doing so which has now been dramatically reduced.
ChangeNOW offers mobile app access for both Android and iOS. I opted to use the desktop version to familiarize myself.
Here is how easy it is to make an exchange on ChangeNOW, step by step - I opted to exchange some Loopring (LRC) for Tezos (XTZ):
So, I figured out what I had laying around for LRC and used the exact amount:
I put down my XTZ receiving address and hit confirm:
I loved the email notification feature, though the transaction was so quick I doubt I'll bother with small amounts, this only took a few minutes altogether:
I then sent the LRC to their requested address through Atomic Wallet, though any will do:
The exchange process only took 30-45 seconds or so:
Then it was on its way back to Atomic Wallet in the form of Tezos (XTZ):
Not only did it arrive quickly and safely (about a minute or so), I was surprised when I saw this above the transaction completion status, the service actually saved me money due to volatility variance in some odd seconds, this is excellent and something I'd never see on Coinbase or any other exchange:
And just for clarity and to prove it arrived in a timely fashion:
As you can see, this was extremely painless and only took a moment. The screenshots took a lot longer than the transactions!
Exchanges are jumping onboard rapidly as they can see this will bring them an immense amount of business, so far we are seeing typical crypto giants like IDEX, Binance, BitFinex, and many others gladly take part in the action. I will not be surprised to see Coinbase join them.
I can only imagine the number of tokens I have lost over time by doing things through a single exchange most of the time, due to convenience. But, those days are over.
In fact, I just moved all of my tokens off of Coinbase, which if we are being honest is something I should have done a while ago, but the convenience factor kept me stationary for some time - but no more. From now on it's nothing but Atomic Wallet, A Ledger Nano X, and ChangeNOW for me. I can always use Coinbase for instant Paypal withdrawals if need be.
Convenience is now a part of the ChangeNOW selling point rather than a costly hindrance!
ChangeNOW's direct-access approach while still respecting and emphasizing the importance of security eliminates a variety of headaches and fees in the process. Even more, they promote diversity within their platform which I feel is the best way for any new service to branch out quickly and efficiently.
There is also the NOW token, which is the very first token ever sent to airdrop by an instant exchange platform. ChangeNOW has a lot in the works to reward users and help stabilize their platform. Interestingly, the token is both ERC-20 and BEP2; and they already offer the ability to make them interchangeable. The airdrop is now over, but the token is just beginning with a great investment price of $0.009 USD - for those who think Doge is a legitimate investment, definitely scratch that thought and take a look at NOW token, but since we are on the subject - they support Dogecoin as well!
It's extremely easy to exchange assets on the platform, and you can also make the lowest-price purchases for currencies on the market via debit card, cryptocurrencies, and even credit cards.
I've been extremely excited about Atomic Wallet Coin (AWC) but was just informed that the airdrop has been discontinued due to abuse, the same as with Stellar Lumens (XLM) prior; I had thought I would not find anything better than AWC, but I have. It's been a good month for crypto despite a rather stale marketplace - I'll take this for good news.
Shouts out to Igor Tomić for bringing this service to the Publish0x community, thank you, brother! Without the writing contest this may have flown over my head for weeks, and no matter what I'll be saving money as a result of researching the service, so no matter the outcome that makes writing this article worthwhile.
So what's my impression?
I love it. ChangeNOW's service is genuine progress in the cryptocurrency world!
I'm always happy to answer any questions in the comments!
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