@Jerome0389 and @Jimbo_JCR.one - thanks so very much for taking the time to share what you both have here!
I’m puzzled as to why Harmony would simply disconnect their buy page without redirecting it to an alternative (even an explanation that they are no longer providing this service themselves). Their own assets still point to it. You’d think they would at least post something here in the community to let people know if this process has changed or disappeared.
My interest in the ONE tokens came about when a colleague shared his experiences with staking them in DeFi Kingdoms where the ROI has been quite high. After a little research, I decided to buy some ONE tokens to stake there, pairing many of them with DeFi Kingdom’s native “Jewel” currency in a liquidity pool there. I used MetaMask as the wallet, which had a BUY button that was functional until the buy page at Harmony simply disappeared.
Finding absolutely no support on the Harmony website itself, I reached out to Simplex, through whom I had completed my initial 2 purchases via the Harmony buy page. They pointed me back to that page again, which of course no longer exists.
I also reached out to MetaMask who also said this was a Harmony issue. I’m surprised that neither Simplex nor MetaMask pointed out their own vehicles for purchasing the ONE tokens, and while I did find those opportunities on both myself, I hoped to resolve this directly with Harmony since it’s their own token.
I found the problem when I went back to purchase more ONE tokens, wanting to stake them with other validators. I found a few that really resonated and I wanted to compare the results I’d get with each next to the success I’ve enjoyed at DeFi Kingdoms. This is when I found the buy page missing and the MetaMask wallet buy button disabled.
I appreciate the alternatives you have both shared. I’ll admit that my relative inexperience with Crypto creates a level of intimidation as I slowly research and work to understand this better.
I’m still astonished at the absolute lack of any tangible support mechanism from Harmony themselves. What attracted me to them was how forward-thinking they are and the innovative way they have tackled the problems of long finality times (2-second finality and working toward 1…amazing!) and loved how tiny the gas fees were using DeFi Kingdoms with MetaMask (fractions of a penny). Felt like a good place to start, which makes this road bump all the more disappointing as I move forward.
@Jimbo_JCR.one I’m really curious about the way you’re purchasing through crypto.com and am going to look at this as an alternative. The fact that you’re doing this with almost no fee certainly has my interest!
Thanks again so very much for the ideas you both so generously provided! Truly grateful.