OpenBazaar, a decentralized P2P marketplace, was recently released in its fourth beta stage — the Portbello — for Linux and OS X.
The non-consumer centric release is more targeted towards individuals having a knack for technicalities, and comes with a no-anonymity clause. So if you want to participate in OpenBazaar beta testing, you can expect a lot of updates and warning alerts from the welcome page. At this stage, there is no anonymity. Therefore, your IP isvulnerable to any detection.
Using OpenBazaar through Tor or other anonymous network is not yet possible because of the dependence on the UDP platform. Enrolled Bitcoins, lists of goods, and added rating also holds the chances of being nulled in the future due to bugs or code changes. With this in mind, the team strongly recommends that you use only a small amount to test the system.
The new release however also comes with a number of benefits, mainly including network and multi-signature stability improvements. Other important enhancements made to the fourth OpenBazar version are the eradication of port forwarding (to simplify the initial setup for users); a startup overview; refund and fee setup options for notaries; and a avatar selection feature.
Not to be confused with illegal marketplaces, OpenBazaar is more like an unwatched area where sellers and buyers are allowed to hide their identities while conducting trades. The website’s creators Angel Leon and Brian Hoffman, in their earlier interview, never neglected the fact that their platform could be used by drug dealers to trade illegal substances/goods. They however thought that it would be a bad idea for dealers to do their dirty business on a P2P network, that too using a public ledger.
OpenBazaar works only in Bitcoin.