OpenBazaar Ecosystem: TomisCraft Jewelry

In these posts we take a look at some unique members of the OpenBazaar ecosystem. Today we are featuring TomisCraft, a beautiful handmade jewelry store on OpenBazaar. You can find TomisCraft on OpenBazaar here and browse on Duosearch here.

TomisCraft jewelry store on OpenBazaar

 

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you make/sell?

My name is Tomis and I come from Thessaloniki, a town located in northern Greece. I graduated from Mechanical Engineering in Aristotle Polytechnic School of Thessaloniki. I have studied jewelry-making since 1986 and went professional in 1994 when I opened my retail shop. By the end of 2015 I thought I should try and go international using e-commerce sites because I wanted to see if people worldwide like my creations. Every single time, It’s one of the best moments in my life when looking at customers’ expressions and enthusiasm when asked to tell me if they enjoy my jewelry. All items are handmade and manufactured by me completely. Silver and gold in primary form take their final shape through the usage of techniques rarely used in the pro world, like fusion, which renders the junctions between gold and silver unbreakable.

I love traveling the world! I’m so intrigued by the unknown and the different and I have been led by my insatiable appetite for excitement to the heights of Himalaya and scuba diving in one of the deepest seas in the world. I have been a fan of extreme sports since childhood, my eyes have seen a lot. In all my endeavors I have found various sources of inspiration for my jewels. The oceans, the rocks and the landscape helped me imagine and design the current collection, which I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

Why are you selling your product on OpenBazaar?

My cousins introduced me to Bitcoin and OpenBazaar. I find it very interesting and I am keen to accept the new currency and be part of this new global marketplace.

How has your experience been with OpenBazaar so far?

It has been good, although we only had a couple of sales via the site. It seems that only a specific group of people is on OpenBazaar and it needs to become more mainstream.


Would you like to have a store on OpenBazaar?
Becoming a vendor is easy and completely free! Check out our Vendor’s Guide to OpenBazaar

Would you like your store to be featured on our blog?
Awesome, we’d love to know your story! Please email jenn@ob1.io

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10 Bitcoin Black Friday Deals on OpenBazaar

Bitcoin Black Friday Deals on OpenBazaar

Bitcoin Black Friday is almost here again which is great, right? It’s an excellent opportunity for vendors and buyers to promote the regular use of Bitcoin while kicking off the holiday shopping frenzy in the U.S. Unfortunately though there is not much information available telling us specifically what kinds of deals and offers to expect so we can plan ahead.

Hey, getting the most out of Black Friday is difficult, and moreso when planning where to spend your precious cryptocurrencies!

Don’t worry though, we’re here to help! The OpenBazaar vendor community is excited, with a lot of great deals and offers they want to share, and we get to tell you about them a little early so you can plan ahead what to do with your (Bitcoin) wallet.

(What’s that? You still only have a digital wallet? Well then see below & pay special attention to what Ledger will have going on Friday…)

Check out these 10 teaser offers:

  1. Agorist Hostingbuy on OpenBazaar // view via Duosearch – Free service upgrades
  2. Bitcoin Not Bombsbuy on OpenBazaar // view via Duosearch – Shipping deals + an hilarious free gift
  3. CryptoBooksbuy on OpenBazaar // view via Duosearch – Andreas Antonopoulos’s new book The Internet of Money available for a ridiculously low price
  4. Crypto Collectiblesbuy on OpenBazaar // view via Duosearch – Every order made on Black Friday (November 25th) until Cyber Monday (November 28th) will get a free gift and will be entered into a special raffle
  5. Kornilov’s Gallery – buy on OpenBazaar // view via Duosearch – Steep discounts on image bundles
  6. Ledger – buy on OpenBazaar // view via Duosearch – NEW product launch and great store-wide discounts
  7. Nuichan Apparelbuy on OpenBazaar // view via Duosearch – A special offer to be announced!

  8. Stone Banana Apparelbuy on OpenBazaar // view via Duosearch – Exclusive new design for Bitcoin Black Friday + storewide discounts
  9. TomisCraft Jewelrybuy on OpenBazaar // view via Duosearch – Special discounts on top of their prices that are always discounted on OpenBazaar from their other web shop!
  10. Yummiteabuy on OpenBazaar // view via Duosearch – Bonus product with all Purchase Pack listing orders

What other deals and offers are you seeing available on OpenBazaar? Let us know on Twitter so we can share them!


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Download now on our website @ openbazaar.org

Would you like to have a store on OpenBazaar?
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OpenBazaar Ecosystem: CryptoBooks

In these posts we take a look at some unique members of the OpenBazaar ecosystem. Today we are featuring M.K. Lords, writer and serious Bitcoin advocate who is managing Andreas Antonopoulos’ store CryptoBooks on OpenBazaar. You can find CryptoBooks on OpenBazaar here and on Duosearch here and make sure to say hello to M.K. on Twitter!

#BitcoinBlackFriday Deal: Unbeatable Price!

Snag “The Internet of Money” on OpenBazaar for just BTC 0.011 ($8.00 USD)!

CryptoBooks on OpenBazaar

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I got into bitcoin in 2013 after hearing about it for almost a year but not really diving deep. My work since then has been with NGO’s like Bitcoin Not Bombs and Antiwar.com. I’ve also written for Bitcoin Magazine, been featured in other Bitcoin publications, been a regular panelist on The Bitcoin Group, appeared on radio shows and podcasts speaking on Bitcoin, had my own interview show on Youtube, spoken at conferences around the country, and organized two Bitcoin conferences. Most recently, I was the Community Manager at Airbitz and manage Andreas Antonopoulos‘ store CryptoBooks on OpenBazaar. My non-bitcoin projects include writing on Medium.com, speaking at conferences, and appearing on a fun and feisty radio show called Freedom Feens.

What do you make/sell?

I manage the store CryptoBooks which sells books by Andreas Antonopoulos.

Why are you selling your product on OpenBazaar?

A decentralized, peer-to-peer marketplace is an exciting concept and goes hand in hand with crypto. It makes sense that some of the most radical literature on the subject would be sold on a radical platform like OpenBazaar.

How has your experience been with OpenBazaar so far?

It’s been educational, a pretty good for a platform in this stage. I’m used to testing new tech projects and understanding of the time it takes to smooth out platforms. I find it fairly easy to use and can’t wait to see the improvements in the next release.

How familiar are you with Bitcoin?

I have a better social understanding of Bitcoin but also grasp the technical overview. While I don’t have a tech background, I can explain the concepts to others especially if they aren’t as tech savvy as programmers. I created a lot of content for Airbitz breaking down complex, technical concepts into easier to understand explanations. While Airbitz is a bitcoin app and broader security platform, being involved in Bitcoin helped me better understand other concepts like encryption, decentralized platforms, and security. I’ve spent bitcoin on a huge variety of products and am so glad it’s become way easier to use than a few years ago when I first started using it. Andreas was a huge part in inspiring me to stay active in the Bitcoin space and I am curious to see what the future brings.

What changes would you like to see to OpenBazaar to make it more useful for you?

The orders need to be more logically organized. It doesn’t seem very intuitive and if you are dealing with large amounts of orders, that they rearrange without any seeming structure can make it confusing to keep track of them. Also, being able to edit the orders after they have been marked as shipped would be a great addition to keep track of any issues. Being able to search for the name of the purchaser along with the order ID and product would also be great. A way for notifications to get to you outside the platform if that’s possible would be very helpful. If these issues can be addressed with the next release, I think OB will be more of a game changer and have broader appeal.


Would you like to have a store on OpenBazaar?
Becoming a vendor is easy and completely free! Check out our Vendor’s Guide to OpenBazaar

Would you like your store to be featured on our blog?
Awesome, we’d love to know your story! Please email jenn@ob1.io

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Weekly Development Update: November 18, 2016

 Current version

  • Release of 1.1.9 update
  • A bug where dispute closed and dispute opened messages weren’t formatted correctly in the notifications was fixed
  • A bug where duplicate moderators could appear in the Store Wizard was fixed
  • The naming of the About and Short Description fields was made more clear, in some places it wasn’t obvious which one an input applied to
  • All of the translations were updated to the latest files from Transifex. Thank you to all of our contributors that help with translations!
  • The SSL switch in the connection modal was changed to a radio button to make it easier to understand by contributor Amelia Goodman
  • The ability to see a list of connected Peers in the settings/advanced tab was added by contributor Amelia Goodman
  • The ability to set which bitcoin units you want to use was added by contributor Richard Schneider

OpenBazaar versio 2.0 Onboarding First Screen

2.0

Front End:

  • More progress on the store section of the app
  • More features have been fully defined and are ready for work to begin on them
  • Documentation begun

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Bitcoin Black Friday on OpenBazaar

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become increasingly popular shopping days in the U.S. and around the world, and 2016 will be no different.

Source: BlackFriday.com

Of course we think it’s only appropriate during these magic internet events to use magic internet money, right? Make it even easier on yourself this season by just taking your Bitcoin to OpenBazaar for Bitcoin Black Friday! BitcoinBlackFriday.com will go live with items on November 25th so be sure to check it out along with searching the tag BitcoinBlackFriday on OpenBazaar and Duosearch.

Want to help us promote?

Use these tags to align your posts with the conversations around these various keywords and help your messages and specific items be found: #Bitcoin #BlackFriday #BitcoinBlackFriday

Also, feel free to grab any of the below images to share:

Bitcoin Black Friday OpenBazaar Image 1

Bitcoin Black Friday OpenBazaar Image 2

Bitcoin Black Friday OpenBazaar Image 3

Bitcoin Black Friday OpenBazaar Image 4

Bitcoin Black Friday OpenBazaar Image 5

Better together!

OpenBazaar has an excellent community of vendors, developers and partners working hard to bring this brand new kind of marketplace to life. Want to get more involved selling your items or building the project to be the most excellent decentralized shopping application our future-focused brains can even imagine? Start by joining us on Slack, Reddit, Twitter and Facebook!

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OpenBazaar Ecosystem: Tom Woods Jewelry

In these posts we take a look at some unique members of the OpenBazaar ecosystem. Today we interview a vendor selling his own hand-made jewelry, Tom Woods Jewelry, who was connected enough to be shared by his friends with us on Twitter! You can find Tom Woods Jewelry on OpenBazaar here and on Duosearch here.

Tom Woods Jewelry on OpenBazaar

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a retired educator having taught incarcerated adults in the Vermont state prison system. In addition, I’ve had longtime interests in computer programming and electronic design, oil painting, and collecting rocks. I live in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, which has pretty good rockhounding sites. I got started faceting stones after finding a beautiful green gemstone while walking along some abandoned railroad tracks. It took a long time to gather the equipment and expertise I needed, but after probably six years I was faceting. I started to amass lots of finished gems and I wanted to do something with them. I couldn’t afford to buy jewelry settings for them all, but I told myself, if I can facet a stone, I should be able to make my own jewelry settings. So as soon as I retired and had the energy and time, I took soldering and metals classes at the Littleton Studio School in Littleton, NH. I’m still involved with L.S.S. It is just so great to be able to talk and share ideas with the great artists and crafts people there. (Read more about Tom on his website at tomscooljewels.blogspot.com!)

What do you make/sell?

What I like to do is collect stones, both locally and around the country. I fashion them into faceted stones or cabochons, which are smoothly shaped and polished stones. Finally, I make the jewelry into which I set my finished stones. I am especially interested in working with stones that have some fascinating local history, or legend. Almost all stones have not just their physical beauty, but they also have deep metaphysical properties that have spiritual, magical, mystical significance. I try to weave this lore into my work because some people, including me, are keenly interested in it. I can’t say for sure that stones possess magical or healing powers. I suspect some do, and I know for a fact there is one stone that I cannot keep close to my body because it makes me sick. But the ancient traditions and mystery wrapped around stones is terribly fascinating. It gives us different ways to appreciate stones. It helps connect us to the earth, and sometimes, beyond.

Why are you selling your product on OpenBazaar?

When I taught, one of my classes was about personal finance and investment. Through that, I became interested in macroeconomics and where money comes from. I was shocked when I grasped the implications of our present day fractional reserve system, and I began looking at Bitcoin and other crypto currencies as a possible hedge. I offer jewelry on a blog, TomsCoolJewels.blogspot.com, and have accepted bitcoin there. I probably never would have tried OpenBazaar were it not for my Twitter friend, @BitcoinBelle, who encouraged me to have a look. So I did, and I liked the store format. It’s neat and simple, way easier than adding new jewelry to my blog. So the store went up, with some bumps to be sure, but I am happy with how it looks.

How has your experience been with OpenBazaar so far?

I am extremely pleased with how my store looks and how easily I can add new products. There were hurdles to jump to get there. The two main problems were overcoming connection problems and making a server that would be up all the time (I finally settled on a low power single board unix computer called the NVIDIA Tegra TK1).

The disappointment is there does not appear to be throngs of willing buyers jamming into my store and taking all my product, paying in bitcoin :) Part of this might be an OpenBazaar critical mass problem.

Another piece of the puzzle is bitcoin’s volatility. When the dollar value of bitcoin fluctuates 30% up or down, the coin becomes more a tool for speculators than for trading in goods and services. When Bitcoin goes up, it’s the equivalent of deflation in the fiat world. There is no incentive to buy now when you can hold onto your money and buy the same product for less if you wait. This is an impossible situation for business, whether we are talking about dollar deflation or bitcoin deflation.

How familiar are you with Bitcoin?

I feel I am quite familiar, actually. I understand the way the blockchain works and how blocks must be solved, I’ve tried mining my own bitcoin, but soon gave that up when the block rewards didn’t even come close to paying the electric bill.

What changes would you like to see to OpenBazaar to make it more useful for you?

Keep improving the client and server software to make it easy and idiot-proof for users so OpenBazaar can increase its user base. Prospective store owners are not necessarily wanting to spend hours of time fussing over computer issues. I would love to see a sort of bitcoin/currency exchange system developed whereby buyers could pay in dollars or maybe other fiat currencies. Right now, I suspect a good piece of business is lost because there aren’t enough buyers that hold bitcoin they want to spend, but they might be willing to use dollars. Along a similar line, a great improvement would be to make it possible to update all my prices so they reflect fluctuating bitcoin exchange prices. Right now when bitcoin goes up a lot versus the dollar, I have to edit each of my products to bring the price in line with the new dollar value. If I could tie my prices to the dollar and then list a bitcoin price that adjusts automatically, it would be a great time saver. (EDIT: This is possible by setting prices to your present fiat currency in Settings!)

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Weekly Development Update: November 11, 2016

Marketing Your OpenBazaar Shop - Online Webinar

Special Event

This month we are offering our first special webinar event to empower OpenBazaar vendors to attract customers in this unique space. Read more about this event on November 14th and sign up here!

Current version

  • Testing for version 1.1.9

2.0

OpenBazaar 2.0 Transaction Screen

Front End:

  • Cleaned up the Transaction section
  • Wired in the ability to delete a listing from both the Listing Card and the Listing Detail modal
  • Worked on displaying a pop in message on the Store and Listing Detail modal when the user has changed some listing data and recommending they refresh the view
  • Started to work on the ‘list’ view style view of the Store (as opposed to the ‘grid’ view style)

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OpenBazaar Hackathon with Duosearch and Blockchain: Money in London

Last week a few members of our team had the opportunity to travel to London to co-host the first organized OpenBazaar hackathon along with Duosearch and our CEO, Brian Hoffman, presented the next day at Blockchain: Money.

On November 5th, the hackathon was hosted in the beautiful Canary Wharf business district at Level39, Europe’s largest technology accelerator for finance, retail, cyber-security and future cities technology companies​. The teams worked all day on their projects and we ended up with 7 demos at the end! See the summary below:

 


Oops, went off on the count, here! This was #6 and the following was #7

Again mistaken, this was #7!

The results were impressive, we were intrigued to see how many working projects the attendees produced. This kind of collaboration is an important part of the continued evolution of OpenBazaar and we are so glad to know there is such support and understanding for the project out there. Very soon will be working to facilitate more of these kinds of events!

In which places around the world would you like to see more hackathons organized?

November 6th & 7th was Blockchain: Money at etc. Venues 155 Bishopsgate, an exceptional conference venue in the heart of the city. It hosted an excellent lineup across 2 full days of thought leaders within the blockchain and financial technology space. The event had a significant focus on Bitcoin specifically within the blockchain sphere which we were pleased to see. It was great to connect with friends new and old and to support Brian’s presentation of OpenBazaar in the context of its present and evolving abilities to facilitate trade directly on top of Bitcoin.


A big thanks to Duosearch and the Blockchain: Money team for having us join them in these events and to everyone who attended either or both with us! We are excited to travel around the world and see the ways Bitcoin is being adopted and the kind of impact OpenBazaar is having for more and more people wanting to help facilitate truly free trade with no borders.

Here are a few more images of some of the amazing views we experienced around London:

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OpenBazaar Ecosystem: Ledger

In these posts we take a look at some unique members of the OpenBazaar ecosystem. Today our featured shop is Ledger, a leading producer of hardware wallets in the entire cryptocurrency space! Read their story below and shop Ledger on OpenBazaar.

Just want to browse? Check them out on Duosearch and at LedgerWallet.com

 

Ledger Bitcoin Hardware on OpenBazaar


Tell us a bit about yourself?

We’re Ledger, a hardware security company manufacturing hardware wallets. We’re a team composed of 18 people, most of them engineers (electronics/hardware, software, design…) including a team of security veterans with 20 years of experience in the secure element industry. Our company has been selling its products for almost two years now.

What do you make or sell?

We design, develop, manufacture and sell cryptocurrency hardware wallets based on Secure Elements. Our first product the Ledger Nano was a commercial success, and we now manufacture more advanced devices featuring screens and buttons (Ledger Nano S), touchscreen, Bluetooth and NFC (Ledger Blue, coming next month). Those new devices allow users to develop their own applications and to extend their capabilities: right now, they support Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, FIDO Authentication, SSH and PGP, but more apps and uses are coming. We sell in more than 200 countries.

Why are you selling your product on OpenBazaar?

We like the idea of a decentralized marketplace as much as the idea of the decentralized currency!

How has your experience been with OpenBazaar so far?

Good! Creating a listing, selling and communicating with customers is easy and our server has been running smoothly for the last 6 months. There is one thing, however,  preventing us (and similar or bigger companies) from selling most of the time: there is no granular management of shipping and taxes (see last question).

How familiar are you with Bitcoin?

Some people at Ledger have a significant Bitcoin balance, and our engineers understand how Bitcoin works, which is of course crucial to developing our firmwares, software and backends.

What changes would you like to see to OpenBazaar to make it more useful for you?

We think it is very important for OpenBazaar to implement granular (but of course optional) shipping and taxes management. Companies should be able, for each listing, to set a shipping cost and a tax rate for each destination country, using an “Expert Mode” or something similar.

This would cover most, if not all, problems arising when selling worldwide. When a cost or a tax changes, OpenBazaar won’t even have to change anything: the user can simply change his parameters.

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