This guide will cover the process of buying Ardor in-depth. If you are interested in storing your Ardor, check out our guide on Ardor wallets.
Step 1: Aquire Bitcoin or Ethereum
There are several exchanges that you can buy Bitcoin and Ethereum on.
Ardor can only be purchased with Ethereum and Bitcoin, so in order to obtain it, we must buy Bitcoin or Ethereum, and then send it to an exchange where Ardor is sold.
Bitcoin and Ethereum Exchanges
Coinbase is a very beginner friendly US based exchange, that sells cryptocurrency to most countries and all US states. Expect a 1.49% fee on bank transfer purchases, and a 3.99% fee for credit and debit purchases.
Coinmama is another option that focuses on credit and debit card purchases. Coinmama is great because they have higher debit and credit card purchasing limits than Coinbase, as well as instant delivery. Coinmama’s fees are around 5.5%.
LocalBitcoins is a person to person exchange, meaning that anyone can use it. There are no limits, or verification needed. It uses escrow to make sure that both parties recieve payment.
Gemini is another US based exchange, that allows its users to buy Bitcoin and Ethereum via bank transfers, credit cards, and debit cards.
Bitpanda is an exchange that also focuses on credit and debit card purchases. Their fees are between 3%-4%, and only sells Bitcoin and Ethereum to European countries.
How to Buy Cryptocurrency on Coinbase
If you signup to Coinbase through this link, you will recieve an extra $10 worth of Bitcoin on your first $100+ order.
After creating your Coinbase account, you will want to add a payment method. If you are trying to get the most bang out of your buck, I would reccomend using a bank transfer. If time is a concern, maybe go with credit or debit card, as there is instant delivery!
Click the Buy/Sell tab at the top/middle of your screen. From this page, you can easily purchase Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum.
After hitting Confirm Buy, we are ready to go to the next step!
How to Buy Cryptocurrency on Coinmama
After your account is verified, you can go to the navigation bar and purchase Bitcoin or Ethereum, using USD or EUR.
Send the purchased cryptocurrency to the address of the exchange you decide to use in the next step.
Step 2: Moving Bitcoin or Ethereum to Bittrex
After aquiring Bitcoin/Ethereum, you will need to move it to the cryptocurrency to cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex. Changelly is an option too, and functions a bit differently by allowing you to trade Ardor from the comfort of your own wallet.
Most cryptocurrency exchanges only allow cryptocurrency to be purchased with Bitcoin or Ethereum. That is why we need to convert our money to cryptocurrency, and then send the purchased cryptocurrency to an exchange where our coin is sold.
In order to send our Bitcoin or Ethereum to Bittrex, you will need locate your Bittrex deposit address.
This can be found on Bittrex by going to the navigation bar, clicking wallets and locating the currency you are trying to deposit. This example will use Bitcoin, but Ethereum is another option.
After you locate Bitcoin or Ethereum on the deposits page, click the + sign to reveal your deposit address.
Now that we have our deposit address, we will need to send it from Coinbase. Click the send tab as seen below, and copy and paste it into the recipient box. Click confirm and wait for your currency to arrive to Bittrex!
Buy some Ardor!
After sending your cryptocurrency to Bittrex, you will want to go to the cooresponding market page of the cryptocurrency you sent.
Once you are on the correct page, you can enter the amount, and ratio of the Ardor you want to buy. The ratio is the price to BTC or ETH per Ardor. Look at the order book to see what it they are currently going for.
Congrats, you now own Ardor. Learn how to store Ardor securely in the section below.
Step 3: How to Store your Ardor, Securely!
Because NXT, Ardor and Ignis will all run on the same network, you can use this wallet to store your coins.
To learn more about Ardor wallets, and how to store the currency check out our page.
Buy Ardor with Credit Card and Debit Card
There are two methods of buying Ardor with credit and debit cards. The first way, is by buying Bitcoin or Ethereum on a fiat to cryptocurrency exchange such as Coinbase and then converting the purchased currency into Ardor on a crypto to crypto exchange like Bittrex.
The second method, uses Changelly a shapeshifting service that allows direct conversion of fiat and cryptocurrencies.
Both methods are explained above!
How to Buy Ardor with Bank Transfer
Just like for credit and debit cards, there are two methods of obtaining Ardor with a bank transfer. One way to do so is by using a fiat to cryptocurrency exchange such as Coinbase to purchase Bitcoin or Ethereum, and then sending the Bitcoin or Ethereum to Bittrex, where Ardor is sold on Bitcoin and Ethereum pairs.
Another somewhat easier method of obtaining Ardor with a bank transfer involves the shapeshifting service Changelly, where you can trade USD, EUR or even other cryptocurrencies for Ardor.
If this sounds confusing, both methods are explained above!
How to Buy Ardor with Changelly
Step 1: Create an account on Changelly. They have a relatively easy signup process and allow the use of Google, Twitter or Facebook for faster signups.
Step 2: After creating an account, you will want to go to the main page as seen here, and use the conversion box. In this example, we are going to buy Ardor with USD!
How to Buy Ardor with PayPal
Due to Paypal’s chargeback feature, buying Ardor with Paypal takes a few extra steps. The exchange VirWoX allows you to convert paypal balance into Bitcoin. Read our tutorial on this conversion. Once you have obtained Bitcoin, you can send it to Bittrex just like the above example!
How to Buy Ardor with Skrill
Bitpanda is a European exchange that allows Bitcoin and Ethereum to be purchased with Skrill. After purchasing one of those currencies, follow the above guide!
Can I Buy Ardor on Coinbase?
At the time of this writing, Coinbase does not sell Ardor. There have been several rumors however, and many think that in early 2018 we will see several new coins, including Ardor, added to Coinbase. If you are interested in buying Ardor, just follow the steps above! If you don’t own any Bitcoin, use Coinbase!