Before investing in CRO, read this
LONG STORY: MY 3 year journey with CDC (cryptodotcom)
I first posted my review on the cryptodotcom reddit but they censor everything they don't like, so here's my story again.
For the record I did not participate in the ICO . I held MCO since the summer of 2017. This is not FUD and it is highly subjective because it is MY experience.
Crypto.com is a great app for buying crypto. But I would not trust them with all my funds after what happened on August the 3rd. Crypto.com was once called Monaco. They had an ICO for a cryptocurrency payments card. 15.7 million coins were sold and the other 15.7 million were hold by crypto.com.
You could get a free card with benefits if you locked up 0, 50, 500, 5000 or 50000 MCO on the app. The higher, the better the rewards. It took a while before the first cards arrived and they kept giving wrong eta's until they stopped doing that because it always got delayed.
After a while they printed 100 billion of a new coin called CRO it would be used for a whole payment network. MCO holders on the app would get airdropped 5 cro for every mco that they hold, each month for 60 months.
After 7 months the airdrops stopped. Cards started shipping in the USA and the airdrops had to stop because of regulatory issues. So mco holders were pretty bumped out about that, but were happy that cards started to ship in other regions than just Singapore.
Months passed, there was some advertising for MCO but not that much, finally cards started to ship in Europe and investors thought that this would be the moment for MCO to finally increase in price. But honestly most of the teams attention went to CRO and the new exchange with CRO-trading pairs.
MCO holders were getting worried and during an AMA with the CEO of crypto.com Kris M. they asked if there was going to be a tokenswap for MCO with CRO . And he said there will NEVER be a token swap. So good news. There was also an MCO moon stopover on the roadmap so early investors were still hopeful.
Months went by, MCO started disappearing from the major exchanges (getting locked up 6 months for the card) so things were looking up. Price also started to go slightly upwards. There was only a 15.7 million supply so after a while, the price would go up (high demand low supply - > basic economics)
But after a while the price of MCO was starting to go down. MCO was flowing back on the exchanges. These were some weird events according to some early investors. They started asking questions. Is cdc (short for cryptodotcom) running on a fractional reserve? But they never got an answer.
Then it happened. A maintenance for the app and exchange was announced for the 3rd of August. Nothing special, these things have to be done now and then. But a lot of early investors woke up and couldn't believe their eyes. A token swap was almost forced upon them. The MCO token would become useless and you would need CRO to stake for the card. But the problem was the terrible conversion rate. 1 MCO for 27 CRO . And a 20% bonus locked on the exchange for 6 months if you swapped before September(what now they can give free CRO after all???). (end rate 1:33)
So what is so bad about this, and I've noticed that this is really hard to understand for some people is this. If you had a market share of 1% in MCO then you now had 1/6000 of that market share in CRO .
How did they justify this? They based it on the dollar value of the coins at the last couple of days. Yes the last days when they let MCO die in a ditch and promoted the sh*'t out of CRO . A couple of months ago MCO / CRO would be 100. So yes this was the perfect timing for them.
We don't know for sure for how long this was the plan. Did they pumped up the price of CRO and sold locked MCO cheap? There is no proof of that but it all smells fishy.
The next day, 4th of August there was once again a AMA with Kris M. The CEO . (something I forgot to mention, the CRO lockup for the same card did a x100. Weird right? When user only got an x32. 500 mco card became a 50000 CRO card. If you had the card already you'd be grandfathered in) Alot of people complained but Kris said that they couldn't give out higher rates like x100 because it would cost them too much money. Yes you read that correctly they couldn't give early investors a higher rate of their 100 billion printed CRO . That would literally cost them nothing. It's only a lost future profit. Small price to pay to keep the early investors happy who made it possible for CRO to be created.
So what did they do, they lowered the stake for the cards with /5. 50000 CRO became 10000 etc. Pretty smart move to keep the attention of the x33 swap rate. There's a chance that this was the plan al along. But again this is just speculation.
End of story. Alot of things happened that are fishy. And I still hope that there will be a bigger reward for the early investors. But I doubt it. It's a good app for buying crypto but I would not trust them with all of your funds because they can freeze them whenever they want. Cards work fine and I'll keep using one. Customer support is a bit slow but always friendly and helpful.
Some people will have the same opinion as me, and others will probably call me a whiny little b*tch. So let just skip that part. It's a review and those are subjective. And this should be allowed in the cryptospace.