OpenBazaar is now released on the mainnet and is ready for real transactions. You can download the program on the OpenBazaar website.
Anyone with a computer and internet connection can easily install the OpenBazaar software and begin trading with anyone else in the world – for free – without permission. The believe in decentralized, P2P trade network is going to fundamentally change commerce for the better.it’s a decentralized peer-to-peer network for trade that uses Bitcoin. That trade happens directly between buyers and sellers with no one in the middle – and no fees or restrictions on trade.
Recently Coin Center and Blockchain have announced the finalists for the 2016 Blockchain Awards. While three finalists were elected in five categories, decentralized e-commerce platform OpenBazaar lead the pack with three nominations, including “Bitcoin Champion of the Year”, “Best New Startup” and “Most Promising Consumer Application”.
Unlike the online marketplace giants Alibaba, Amazon, or eBay, this new model of online commerce isn’t controlled by any company or organization. OpenBazaar is a fully peer-to-peer marketplace where buyers and sellers engage in trade directly with each other. Because there are no middleman in the trade, users don’t pay any fees to use the network, and there are no terms and conditions to sign. OpenBazaar is permissionless trade. There are also no central authorities that act as gatekeepers and restrict trade.
OpenBazaar launched a test version of their software March 1st, and saw more than 25,000 downloads from 126 countries. Users posted more than 3,000 listings to test out the software in preparation for the public release.
In 2015, the OpenBazaar core-developers received funding from Union Square Ventures, Andreessen-Horowitz, and angel investor William Mougayar to form a company, enabling full-time development of the protocol and software. The company, named ‘OB1’, will continue releasing improved versions of the software over the coming months, and will begin offering services to users on the network.
Users who want to join OpenBazaar can download the program for free on the OpenBazaar website.