The typical online checkout process involves multiple inputs and interactions. We wanted to remove all of the friction and pair our lightening-quick-Trello-like purchasing experience with a 'native' payment token that offers near real-time finality.
Genuine Instant Purchases are now a thing!
What it does
When you come to the website you'll find some lovely products. You can purchase these products with DRGZ. On your first visit you'll need to 'Create an account' and then purchase some DRGZ through a mock credit / debit card transaction. Once you have some DRGZ available you can drag a product into the BUY IT NOW drop zone and the purchase happens instantly!
Why have our own currency?
The DRGZ marketplace has its own currency, also called DRGZ! This brings some obvious benefits such as lower transaction costs. And with its own currency the DRGZ marketplace can make its own monetary decisions based on its specific interests and needs. For example it can help bootstrap liquidity... marketplaces need lots of buyers and lots of sellers, and monetary incentives can bring demand to the marketplace which is often the initial "chicken & egg" problem that marketplaces have to overcome to be successful.
The term "finality of payment" refers to the moment at which funds, recently transferred from one account to another, officially become the legal property of the receiving party.
Finality is important because when people transact they want to be confident that once their transactions go through they cannot be altered or reversed.
Why does this matter to me?
When you move money within the traditional banking system your money held in bank deposits encounters archaic legal infrastructure consisting of laws, regulations, and private contracts. And this infrastructure determines, among other things, the finality of a given transfer.
Why Hedera Token Service?
Tokenization options on most public cryptocurrency networks force issuers to cope with high and fluctuating costs, low transaction speeds, and the constant threat of network forking. This often limits token issuance to proofs of concept and prevents enterprise or consumer scale.
With Hedera Token Service, Hedera provides the ability to issue tokens on a globally distributed public network without compromising on performance. Developers can now define and issue tokens directly to the Hedera mainnet. Tokens inherit many of the characteristics of hbar itself, including asynchronous byzantine fault tolerant consensus, thousands of transactions per second, and finality in a matter of seconds without a risk of forking.
How we built it
FaunaDB is our serverless backend. FaunaDB offers us highly secure user authentication so when a user registers on our site we generate a new Hedera account on their behalf.
We've mocked the credit card transactions so that our demo always delivers a successful payment, and this triggers our connection with Hedera to mint / issue DRGZ tokens to users at a 1:1 ratio. DRGZ is our very own currency used for payment within our marketplace, its issuance and circulation will be tethered to its 'burn and mint equilibrium' model.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
None of the team had any previous blockchain development experience so we're proud of what we've been able to deliver in just a matter of days. We hope our submission shines a light on the potential for online marketplaces to use The Hedera Token Service.
What we learned
With Hedera's - well thought through - Token Service, the possibilities of "programmatic money" are endless! We have steered away from calling DRGZ a cryptocurrency because in its simplest form it is just the "unit of account" specifically for the DRGZ marketplace. However, tokens afford us the benefit of much more imaginative economics and the future opportunity to make the currency available on public exchanges and this is where the currency could become more cryptocurrency-like.
What's next for DRGZ marketplace and currency
We plan to develop the ability for people to send DRGZ to each other. Furthermore, not only will you be able to send it to other DRGZ users, but you will also be able to send it to others who can then create an account to redeem the balance. Nod to ‘Burner Wallets’ in the Ethereum / XDAI ecosystem!
The DRGZ project serves as a prototype for some bigger marketplace ideas we have, where the buying and selling of low cost items wouldn't be feasible without removing the vast majority of the usual fees involved with debit and credit card transactions. We're excited for this next chapter!