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January 06, 2018, 12:58:54 PM
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Hello. I've seen people asking managers in signature campaigns to change the payment addresses and explaining that the reason is very high transaction fees. That's why I got a question: if one changes the address, does it really make the fees lower? The current fees are not that crazy, but $10+ still seems high to me. If I change the address, how much the things would change and why? I thought everyone is offered approximately the same fees. Moreover, during a short period of time one can still be offered slightly different sums regardless to the wallet address onto which the money came.
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January 06, 2018, 01:08:08 PM
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Not even the slightest. Changing the address has no effect on the protocol as on the protocol level, addresses don't even exist, it is all about UTXOs.
So no, using the same address or changing it will have no effect as the address is simply something for humans to understand, but for the blockchain it only matters to reference transactions where you got coins.

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January 06, 2018, 01:51:09 PM
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Hello. I've seen people asking managers in signature campaigns to change the payment addresses and explaining that the reason is very high transaction fees. That's why I got a question: if one changes the address, does it really make the fees lower? The current fees are not that crazy, but $10+ still seems high to me. If I change the address, how much the things would change and why? I thought everyone is offered approximately the same fees. Moreover, during a short period of time one can still be offered slightly different sums regardless to the wallet address onto which the money came.
Thanks in advance.

Not even the slightest. Changing the address has no effect on the protocol as on the protocol level, addresses don't even exist, it is all about UTXOs.
So no, using the same address or changing it will have no effect as the address is simply something for humans to understand, but for the blockchain it only matters to reference transactions where you got coins.

It does make a difference if you chance your adress to a segwit compatible adress. They either start with bc1... or 3..... ( 3 could also mean multi-signature so be aware.)

https://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/questions/62437/requirements-to-accept-and-send-segwit-transactions

Why they are much cheaper then normal transaction is explained extremely well over here, https://segwit.org/what-is-behind-the-segwit-discount-8515a8d3bca9

Note that you probably still need to make a network transaction to send your bitcoins to a compatible adress before you will see lower fees.

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January 06, 2018, 02:13:42 PM
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In short, no, unless you change to a segwit compatible address, which is frankly complex in general terms.
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January 06, 2018, 02:21:15 PM
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That's why I got a question: if one changes the address, does it really make the fees lower?
If I change the address, how much the things would change and why?

Yes. if you currently use uncompressed address, you can save fee by using compressed address
you can even save.more using segwit address 3xxx or true segwith bech addrrss bc1xxx
tx fee based on ts size, tx size based on utxo size, for each utxo:
uncompressed 180 bytes, compressed 148 bytes, not sure how much less for segwit address

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