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  BTC-Visa debit card in Africa
Posted by: andy - 02-14-2017, 05:45 PM - Forum: Anything Goes - Replies (3)


Anyone know of a debit card that can be issued to places like Kenya? I looked at loads but can't find any that want to deal with Africans...


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  Open Bazzar Is Unique
Posted by: henryomad - 02-14-2017, 05:32 PM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

Hey I just found a store belonging to a guy in Siberia who makes leather goods. It's just amazing what you can find and its only the beginning. 
Somehow its completely different to etsy and all that. Its like you're introduced to people first, not just products. Those other places are just a bunch of products, but with Open Bazaar it's like your actually meeting real people. heres his about blurb:

Quote:Hello! I'm Semyon Bauer from Siberia. I am creating leather accessories such as belts, wallets, handcuffs and more. All the products I do completely by hand. I do not use the machine. Only hand-cut and hand-stitching. Some products dyed by hand. Buying my accessories, you get 100% hand-made product.

Awesome! Unless you're from Siberia I spose, then it might not be so exciting. 

his handle is @sbauer

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  Quit smoking with Bitcoin
Posted by: OpenSourcePhotos - 02-14-2017, 04:17 PM - Forum: Anything Goes - Replies (1)

Alright, so there isn't really a service that helps you quit smoking by paying in bitcoin. However this is just a little encouragement for those who still smoke cigarettes and are looking to quit.

I was a pretty heavy smoker, at least 1 pack a day. I didn't have a lavish job and have a bunch of extra income. Before my 30th birthday I really could start to feel the effects of my heavy smoking, I couldn't go snowboarding, swim, hike, do a lot of activities I wanted to as well as I had used to. So I set the date, when I turned 30 that was it.

I always had the idea that every day you stop smoking, take $7 (the cost of a pack of smokes at the time here) - and put it in a big clear jar, keep adding to it each day so you can literally see the savings.

I took this one step further, I started to look into bitcoin and see what this was all about. I then took the funds and rather than put them into a big clear jar, I started buying bitcoin.

Like most when I started I wanted to buy a full bitcoin or two (at the time they were $230-260) - and had no way to afford that. So by buying a little bit here and a little bit there, my wallet started to grow. 

The first goal was to be in the 21 million club, and by the time I made it there, the price had gone up and I witnessed the first LTC pump. I had gotten lucky and walked away with about 12% more than I had started, although at one point I could have cashed out for 220% but hey, greed and in-experience is a bitch eh? And damn did that crash fast!

The crypto world, markets, trading, new platforms were all so exciting that it became more addicting to watch the BTC charts than to smoke. Although sometimes when the market was being crazy it made me WANT to smoke more, but I stuck it through telling myself none of this would be possible if I were smoking.

Now a few years later I have a few BTC in cold storage, I have about 1 BTC I play with on an exchange, and 1 BTC in a slush fund that I buy stuff on Bazaar and have linked to a Shift card to use in case of an emergency rather than a credit card.

So what I am trying to say is, do it! Stop smoking it's not good, and put that money into BTC, even the few dollars a day adds up FAST. I had acquired my first bitcoin in a few months. Now it may be harder with the price higher, but if you think about it $7 a day is roughly $2,500 a year, so it would only take 6 months to be in the 21 million club.

Sorry of this sounds preachy, if you want to smoke cigarettes, that is your right I am not here to tell you what to do with you life, I am simply telling you what I did with mine to turn it around and to help my finances.

TL;DR - Quit Smoking - Put that money into BTC - Get addicted to Charts - Profit

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  What happened to bitmarkets?
Posted by: henryomad - 02-14-2017, 06:30 AM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (1)

Hello all. Does anybody know what happened to bitmarkets I can't find anything since 2015 it seems to of just stopped. Their 2 party escrow was kinda interesting.

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  List of providers
Posted by: andy - 02-14-2017, 04:47 AM - Forum: OB Hosting Providers - Replies (2)

I will put a list of providers here. I think it's probably best not to put prices because packages and services vary greatly and price alone is no guide. Any ideas appreciated for how best to present this.

Will add more later, please post any you like.

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  OB has already enlightened me.
Posted by: OpenSourcePhotos - 02-13-2017, 09:19 PM - Forum: Anything Goes - Replies (2)

I have made a few purchases on OB and I just love the fact I can order something from someone across the globe, the money goes DIRECTLY to them, and I can experience things that I normally wouldn't be able to.

An example would be I ordered some Riceberry from Thailand. If I were to order this on it would cost me $35-50 depending on the source, as well as pay for shipping since most of them are not prime.

I was able to get a brick of it, along with some extra swag the buyer threw in, for only $30, and that INCLUDED the shipping. Cutting out the middleman apparently saves money, who knew!

Now I am able to experience a strain of rice and some culture from across the globe, from the comfort of my own home, all while helping someone who has the foresight to try to be an entrepreneur in this global marketplace.

On a larger scale, imagine what world disaster relief organizations could do where rather than trust your money to a few, list all the items to buy, water, blankets, medical supplies etc, and then you could directly purchase/help an area with bitcoin knowing where your money is going.

Rather than donate to a charity, buy something directly from someone living in the area who is actually offering a product or service. This encourages more adoption in those areas and you as an individual can impact someone's live far greater directly, than through a charity organization. (I'm not bashing all charities, there just tends to be abuse/waste in the larger ones).

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  A New Version of OpenBazaar is Just Months Away
Posted by: andy - 02-13-2017, 06:00 PM - Forum: Open Bazaar News - Replies (4)


[Image: openbazaar-e1485927506796.jpg]

A new version of the distributed e-commerce platform OpenBazaar could be released in a matter of months, according to members of its senior development team.
Speaking at CoinDesk's Construct 2017 conference in San Francisco yesterday, CEO Brian Hoffman and senior developer Chris Pacia revealed new details about both the project's user traction and the features that will be built into upcoming version, dubbed OpenBazaar 2.0.
In remarks, the developers said they plan to integrate the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) to boost store uptime, improve dispute resolution and inventory management, and bolster third-party search, while offering online store support, offline purchases and Tor integration.
Ultimately, Hoffman offered an optimistic outline of the usability of the platform, which opened to users in April 2016.
Hoffman told the audience:

Quote:"Our goal with OpenBazaar 2.0 is to get it to be, with the exception of using bitcoin, ... an identical experience of what you’d see on Etsy. I think the 2.0 [version] is close to that."
Among the biggest priorities, Hoffman said, remains improving the platform's search functionalities so that, even despite the distributed nature of the e-commerce site, it offers an experience more akin to centralized services like Google.
"Most of the time, search is highly optimized, but in a decentralized network, you have to try to get the data off all the nodes. It can be slow and challenging,” he said.
In what would emerge as a pattern for the day, Hoffman also faced sometimes pointed questions from an expert audience that sought to discern how the platform was adapting to the relative lack of adoption seen by bitcoin more broadly.
"The idea of using cryptocurrency all the time is still foreign to most people. I would say we're three to five years away at minimum," he said.
Overall, Hoffman said the roadmap outlined did not have a hard deadline, but that he believes it will be available in the next few months. The project, first announced in 2014, now claims 400,000 downloads, 300 merchants and 10,000 listings.
The project has to date raised $4m in funding from BlueYard, Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures – $3m of which was announced in a December 2016 round.
The latest details come six months after OpenBazaar’s main development startup, OB1, first announced it had begun work on a 2.0 release.
Image via Pete Rizzo for CoinDesk

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  Privacy Vs Normal Users
Posted by: andy - 02-13-2017, 04:32 PM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (13)

Will the sale of 'illegal' stuff put people off using OB and make it into a ghetto of 'illegal' stuff?

With the current version, it's not really feasible to sell drugs etc, because your IP is easily traceable. I think users should be able to judge for themselves what is 'good' and 'bad' and make their own decisions without being dictated to by someone else imposing their opinions by force.

However, with the current state of human enlightenment, do you think the opening up of the gates to 'illegal' stuff could cause OB to end up not being used by most people, partly because of the propaganda opportunity version 2 presents to our enemies in the silly money world, and partly just because of people's inability to do rational thought, which could lead them to believe they will be associated with illegality just by using OB, because they are still thinking of it as some kind of organization like Amazon etc?

 Is there some way to have a decentralized 'family safe' filter, done by the users (not just the store owners)? People are used to using curated stores, and if they open OB and are presented something 'offensive' they are likely to blame OB without thinking and not use it anymore.

Could it end up a ghetto like Silk Road?

Any thoughts?

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  Open Source Photos.
Posted by: OpenSourcePhotos - 02-11-2017, 04:51 PM - Forum: Checkout my Store - Replies (1)

Hi there, I figured I'd use this platform as a way to introduce myself and consolidate some of my thoughts/ideas behind Open Source Photos to give you an idea of what that actually means. I apologize in advance if this is all over the place as I've had a lot of coffee this morning!


Why did you start in this business?

Copyright is deador rather should be drastically changed.

The main idea of Open Source Photos is that trying to use art/photos/videos with the current system of using the big name sites like Shutter-stock can be a pain. There are various licensing options depending how the buyer wants to use the photo, is it a one time use? Is it in a magazine? If so how big is their distribution. Do they want exclusive rights?

You have to "apply" to sell, by submitting some work and having them judge the photo before selling. This is to create more quality images to sell 'their' brand at a higher price than competitors. This can be a little overwhelming to those just trying to get their feet wet in this area. Also the websites like Shutter-stock take a cut of the money from the photographer for offering this service, and it just creates extra paperwork/red-tape.

So the idea I have is to be able to sell your digital goods with an open source mindset, everyone can sell whatever photo they want and be their own store by using a service like to claim ownership of the origin of the image, and then hoping on the 'pay it forward' mentality that if your work becomes frequently used/remixed that good fortune will trickle its way back to you. You see this sometimes on services like reddit/voat where if there is a "re-post" the community tries to give the original video/author credit. Does it work all the time and will people take my stuff and profit and I will never see a penny of it? Most definitely, but applying the wisdom of crowds and hoping that by eliminating all the red-tape and licensing options with a buy it once mentality I can spend more time doing what I want (taking photos/making images) and sell more images for less, rather than try to focus and selling a few amazing images for more than what they are worth.

The idea behind copyright makes sense in terms of protecting an artists work and trying to get them the money they deserve for their work , however it has gone overboard in my opinion. If you think about it, 90% of creations are created of the backs of another idea. It is hard to come up with an original song without subconsciously using a riff you may have heard. Using code from one program to implement it in another creating a new service that didn't exist before. Sure there are the truly innovating who can come up with a unique concept, but most things are a remix already. By applying copyright to everything it stifles innovation and creation. Just look at YouTube's copyright policy which is now banning users/DE-monetizing their videos all because of a 3 second sound clip that matched one in their database. Algorithms are now becoming judge jury and executioner (of profits). What helped the growth of YouTube (the crazy remix videos) is now becoming banned, and I feel in the long term, YouTube is going to be the next MySpace if enough users jump ship to a platform that isn't so riddled with legal paperwork.

What is and I'm quoting from their website, "Create a permanent and unbreakable link between you and your creative work. That link – the record of ownership – can be forever verified and tracked." "Each registered piece comes with a COA, a built in unique cryptographic ID and the complete ownership history. The COA can be verified anytime and printed out" "Transfer, consign or loan your digital creations without losing attribution. Our easy-to-use platform comes equipped with clear legal framework and supports custom contracts."

Basically think Block-chain, Free, Copyright Service for artists.

This creates a proof of each image you upload to ascribe is actually your image. Even if someone then buys my image and tries to re-upload it, my date stamp will still be prior to theirs so the community can look at that and see who is the original author.

I can let my images go with the "Open Source License" - basically the MIT license but replace code/programs with digital files/images.

I am going to also start putting the unique links in the metadata of each image as a sort of copyright proof for the buyer.

What is your target market?

By offering my images cheap, it allows that kid who's 16 who maybe wants some pictures to practice with Photoshop and learn a skill, but he doesn't have a credit card to purchase images offline and he doesn't want to steal someone's work. He can now using bitcoin to purchase a photo cheap and do what he wants with it. I'm not going to track anyone down and demand royalties. Want an easy image for a blog post/forum/website/business header? Buy it once and re-use it remix it as much as you want!

If someone living in a real market city in say India wants to buy a few of my images and make physical printings of them and then sell them on the other side of the world. Why should I get a % of every sale. They did all the legwork of the idea to print this image at their local market, paid for all the cost to create the images, and is doing all of the selling/distributing. They aren't saturating my local area with my own work and it won't affect my profits here. It would be nice to get recondition for my work like with a CC license (this means they can re-mix re-use your work but they legally HAVE to give you credit which again is more red/tape) but I do not require it because if it works out and they want more images, they will come back. Also each image using will be date stamped to me being the author of the image.

If someone wants to take some images and create some themes and sell them on the bazaar - please do it! I feel if you change the photo or are using it in a unique way that you thought of, I shouldn't get any part of that. I simply gave you the blue paint, to which you painted the ocean.

I am then hoping others will go with this idea, letting their art go for cheap and allowing it to be remixed and resold, this then could create a feedback loop where the artists are not only making money off consumers and fans of their work, but the majority of their money will be coming from within the community because the money will flow from one artist to the other as they bounce images/ideas to each other.


I will do my best at keeping the costs as low as possible while still covering transaction cost/listing time. I want to only do images for $1-2 ideally. Rather than try to take 1 amazing work and sell it for $1000, I'd rather have so many images that people want to use because of the convenience that I'm selling 1000 photos for $1. And because of the integration with crptocurrency it makes selling for smaller amounts economically feasible.

Why do you use OpenBazaar and how long have you had an OpenBazaar store?

I love the idea of decentralized services not controlled by single entities. Decentralization is foundation of the internet after all.

So far the community has been very welcoming. I even had 1 purchase on one of my earlier stores before my history got erased because I didn't know how to backup the GUID/STORE from my vps. I had one purchase later and was hoping/waiting on some feedback but it never came through, so I had to use a moderator to get the funds moved from escrow -> my wallet. So I'm grateful for the testing and experience I'm gaining using the platform at an early stage. This will allow me to appreciate the more streamlined clients to come. I still am a relative Open Bazaar newb as I have only been in the community for about a month now.

Even if it doesn't work out to where I can use this as a source of income, I've learned some networking/computing skills I didn't have before. I hopefully can inspire a few people to go down the same route as me with their artwork and this can have a pay it forward mentality. I look forward to watching bazaar grow and this community grow as bitcoin becomes more globally adopted and hopefully we can start a Digital Media Revolution.

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  Onename and blockstack id
Posted by: yambub - 02-11-2017, 02:03 PM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (3)

Hi Folks,
I'm setting up my store and openbazaar app is great . easy to do everything but it gets unclear when I get to the name part. I am trying to set up my name now. I dont get how the onename thing works - is it centralized or what? 

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