A Digital Marketplace on Steem


Steem needs a digital marketplace. This is another idea that sort of feels like a no brainer that we should have here on Steem. With the announcement of the @openseed project, it seems like it might be a good candidate for an application to be built there.

The Digital Marketplace

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The service that I think resembles closest to what I think would be great for Steem is Gumroad. It's a content agnostic digital marketplace that allows you to sell whatever digital goods you want. You can set up a page, set prices, including free, and earn. It's really simple.

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It's really popular among artists who sell things like process videos, Photoshop brushes, 3D models, Scripts and plugins, Digital Comics and artbooks, tutorials, etc. Gumroad takes a cut, everyone is happy.

I think we've got faucets more than covered here on Steem, we need more sinks and some are working on that, but something like this falls in the realm of a use case, which I think we also desperately need. Imagine you're in a writing Community, and you publish sections or drafts of a larger project as posts, then sell the final. If others are doing the same, you can use the Steem you earn to buy and support their products. Same with music, same with visual art, same with scripts and software. Something like this would be the next step in creating a real parallel economy here on Steem where the Steem goes full circle from being earned to being spent, to being earned to being spent without involving fiat at any point in the process.

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The image above is from Artstation.com, the largest art sharing site online as far as I know and it's the reason I think this might make a good Openseed project.

I see the natural lifecycle of communities growing into something like this.

  • You start a Community on one of the major frontends. (Steemit/Steempeak/etc)
  • Your Community grows to the point that it's feasible to break off into your own frontend and token(SMT or SCOT).
  • Depending on the specifics of your Community, you monetize it in a variety of ways and the entire Community continues to grow exponentially.
  • You Community becomes its own independent, parallel economy.

In this lifecycle, the different communities, depending on their level of maturity, will probably need their own specific marketplace that exists on their frontend, and where their users buy and sell goods.

Having an open source turnkey solution that would be accessible to all and that wouldn't require each new Community to reinvent the wheel would be extremely powerful, and would really showcase the power of Steem and this open source vision I think we should be pushing here.

What do you all think? Is this something you'd like to see? Let me know in the comments. :)


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21.01.2020 01:01
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Steemleo is putting the finishing touches, from what I understand, on their digital marketplace. I think they were working to get the DEX upgraded first and then follow up with the marketplace.

That said, I wholeheartedly agree. I think there should be a number of them on Steem catering to their respective followers.


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21.01.2020 01:48
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Hadn't heard about that. That would be amazing. Leo is killin it!

21.01.2020 01:51
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Pretty certain that Steem-Engine is going to facilitate this in the very near future.

21.01.2020 02:22
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Liiiike on SteemEngine.com or as something everyone can use? Either way, that's exciting news! :D

21.01.2020 02:47
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we'd love to see a decentralized protocol that multiple sites can use.

24.01.2020 12:05
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We need this, thanks!

21.01.2020 02:27
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I think you should definitely put this forward to the Steem team, because it's a pretty great idea!

Most people on Steem, from what I can see, are content creators - animators, designers, photographers, writers, bloggers, etc... So, creating an online store, where these creators can sell their works is something that should definitely be added onto any content creation/sharing/consumption platform, such as Steem.

I would imagine animators and designers selling their artpieces, photographers can sell their photos, writers/bloggers might be able to sell short stories... It'll have endless possibilities to sell their creations, or perhaps merchandise to people who might enjoy them :-)

21.01.2020 05:14
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There is/was @steembay (I don't know it's going at the moment as I haven't needed to use something like this yet), and also Homesteaders Co-op so I always figured it would be a given that everything else that felt a need for it would have it eventually.

In the meantime someone making something to make that easier to set up probably would be welcomed :)

21.01.2020 06:54
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Interesting you mentioned Gumroad. I published an e-book there recently 👉👉https://gum.co/yrTYo

21.01.2020 11:13
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This will be a exploding feature here on steemit for the artists like us. I am really searching for these types of platforms to sell my services. I currently sell my services on fiverr but there fees are ridiculously high at 20% and after that paypal charges 8% so overall I lose my 28% money without no reason. If any platform is set up on steem blockchain and we can sell our services there, we will really save a lot. I wish this feature will definitely take shape in the future.

21.01.2020 12:22
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Yes, I'd like to see something like that. The tools are already here (Communities, tokens, tribes, etc...), but this is no guarantee of success. There's many communities right now out at Steemit, some will grow, some will fail, as always.

22.01.2020 09:11
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homesteaders coop has had a marketplace up for some time now. It uses a plugin for Woo Commerce that allows participants to charge Steem or fiat.

Click Track Profits has just released Firepay which will facilitate selling using tokens. We just interviewed jon on Curation Corner yesterday. The recording will be up either today or tomorrow on my blog.

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22.01.2020 15:12
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gumroad is great. Always enjoy browsing random stuff through there because it's a place where those that will likely face problems or get banned anywhere else go to host their content/ e-business.

23.01.2020 10:18
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I love the opensea approach. sellers can add 1-2.5% for affiliates to get help to find buyer.

24.01.2020 14:36
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Its very good

24.01.2020 16:22
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Great idea and a great fit for Steem, I think. I could see this sort of concept working for the Open Source Ecology Project where people will be able to buy and sell plans and components for projects their completely open sourced construction projects. Overall, very similar concept as the Gumroad concept you mentioned.

Oh, what a time to be alive. Seriously.

24.01.2020 19:57
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Dear @midlet

I'm selling online (traditional way) some products in quite solid quantities. And I thought about your idea a lot. marketplace on steem - how great would that be?

The problem is, that every professional business will need to pay taxes, will need to provide customers with receipt or invoice.

How could I do that? How could I pay for product in FIAT and sell it charging STEEM. As long as this problem will not be resolved - digital crypto marketplaces will be only "for fun". Real solid businesses will not be able to enjoy it. Wouldn't you agree?

Excellent read. Upvoted already,
Yours, Piotr

12.02.2020 13:29
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Dear @midlet

I'm selling online (traditional way) some products in quite solid quantities. And I thought about your idea a lot. marketplace on steem - how great would that be?

The problem is, that every professional business will need to pay taxes, will need to provide customers with receipt or invoice.

How could I do that? How could I pay for product in FIAT and sell it charging STEEM. As long as this problem will not be resolved - digital crypto marketplaces will be only "for fun". Real solid businesses will not be able to enjoy it. Wouldn't you agree?

Excellent read.
Yours, Piotr

12.02.2020 13:29
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So when I say “Digital Marketplace” I mean the goods themselves are digital. Combine this with an approval process(a human that checks the goods are what they say they are) and a buyer review system and you can create a totally parallel economy.

What I mean by that is that it can exist totally outside the fiat world. No taxes because you’re technically not dealing with money.

I could see this catching on extremely fast with the proper implementation, I think that plus the fact that the masses are still largely ignorant of crypto are the major barriers to what I’m talking about, not access to the fiat world.

12.02.2020 15:33
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It's me again @midlet

I just realized that I never actually thanked you for your comment. Big thx.

ps.
I would need to ask you for little favour. Recently I've decided to join small contest called "Community of the week" and I desribed our project.hope hive/community. Would you mind helping me out and RESTEEM this post - just to get some extra exposure? Your valuable comment would be also appreciated.

Link to my post: on steemit or on steempeak

Thanks :)
Yours, Piotr

03.03.2020 15:12
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