Business 4 May 2018Ed Drake
OpenBazaar co-founder vents at excessive BTC fees
Washington Sanchez, co-founder of open-source decentralised marketplace OpenBazaar, has expressed frustration over the high fees involved in BTC transactions.
Sanchez lashed out at the high transaction fees on Twitter, as well as expressing regret at his earlier BTC “maximalism,” to the exclusion of other, often more suitable cryptocurrency alternatives.
Since the launch of the project back in 2014, OpenBazaar has mainly processed payments in BTC. However, with fees and transaction times on the increase, and serious concerns about scalability with current technology, Sanchez appeared to suggest there was an appetite for embracing alternative cryptocurrencies.
In his frank tweet, Sanchez bemoaned the civil war in Bitcoin community, and suggested that the issue to embrace alternative cryptocurrencies had now been forced by the fundamental problems with BTC for payments.
I personally wasted so much time in the Bitcoin scaling civil war that I could have used designing/building dapps and opening up @openbazaar to multiple currencies.
Instead we had to wait for fees in Bitcoin to cripple any consumer usage before we woke up ??♂️
— Washington Sanchez (@drwasho) April 19, 2018
He added, “The core lesson was to not let personal ideology interfere with designing what is best for open competition and experimentation within the marketplace…Openbazaar is supposed to be a free and open protocol for trade using cryptocurrency, a way for currencies and tokens to gain meaningful economic utility to acquire goods and services, and an entry point for people to earn/onboard. This vision cannot be limited to a single coin.”
The comments come with the suggestion that OpenBazaar is ready to introduce support for a raft of new cryptocurrencies to solve the issues of lengthy transaction times and ever-increasing transaction fees.
In particular, OpenBazaar is looking at increasingly incorporating Bitcoin Cash (BCH), for more efficient, cost-effective transactions. Without the legacy issues that affect BTC, Sanchez said OpenBazaar would be implementing support for BCH, along with several other cryptocurrencies by the end of the year.
“With any luck, by the end of the year, [Openbazaar] will look radically different,” Sanchez tweeted.
In addition to BCH, Openbazaar also suggested several other cryptocurrencies may be supported in future, including LTC, ETH and ZEC.
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