After reading an article that detailed Amazon's gains in market dominance due to COVID-19, I am wondering if the FOSS community is capable of creating some sort of decentralized e-commerce network.
The point is not a decentralized ecommerce network (that's simply done by ecommerce sites), but a kind of marketplace where to get everything.
But also, every shop should drop a bit of freedom.
@detondev I was wondering in the past too.
I think a federated marketplace is possible.
My main concern is how do you handle payments. I.e. if you use some payment gateway then the system is again centralized.
I suppose you could have each "seller" (user) enter their own API keys from a payment gateway. This way the sellers could be paid directly.
@loosy That's definitely the bit that leaves this concept a little uncertain. The Achilles heel of already existing decentralized online marketplaces like OpenBazaar is that the only available payment methods are cryptocurrencies. I certainly hope more countries make the needed policy changes or that some sort of new development happens that could make this more feasible. 🤔
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