What is FairMarket?

FairMarket is an online market developed by FairCoop, where you can find all the products and services offered in FairCoin.

We work under the concept of an "open cooperative": that is to say, everyone can easily join in and participate in various projects that coexist in the FairCoop ecosystem. Particularly for FairMarket, you may join as a seller simply by using this tool, building your online shop and providing your goods and services. Moreover you are welcome to take part in the process of managing and shaping this project by participating more actively in the working groups.

Fairmarket is a key project in the new global economic ecosystem we want to build.

  • On one hand, it aims to become a market tool to increase visibility and distribute goods and services produced throughout FairCoop’s ecosystem, while also helping to create networks with other projects and individuals in tune with alternative markets, ethical finances, social currencies, collective actions, social inclusion and fair trade.
  • On the other hand, it is committed to the use of FairCoin as a cryptocurrency for the direct purchases of goods and services that will help to increase freedom in economic networking and will help in the construction of alternatives for a more equitable economy.

In this way, FairMarket can't be a business-as-usual trade platform. Its main difference is it promotes an economy based on demand, not supply. This is possible through the self-organization of user demand that we will be facilitating with the values and tools that will be brought to the market.

In the not too distant future, FairMarket will also introduce FairCredit alongside FairCoin allowing mutual credit between members, which will help to generate even more sustainable relationships amongst all the FairCoop participants.

Development Roadmap

During the alpha, the platform was set up and tested for bugs. It did not include checkout but allowed people to start uploading products, making contacts and get started with the platform. Since then, we have been in Beta. The market is open for trading and you can buy and sell your products and services using FairCoin.

Some new features have been added since then, like the ability for collective purchases which is our latest development and has enhanced a lot the long distance orders. Distribution (shipping) requires some extra setup, and relies on existing distribution networks as we conceive and plan our own alternative distribution systems. Many other features are still lacking, but we are planning to move to a new version of Odoo, the underlying software that powers FairMarket, which is a job which will require an update of all the modules our team have written for it. Meanwhile we continue to release new versions, and have a plan for a 0.9 release before a full site relaunch, with this fabled new Odoo version.

The launch will mark a third phase, when FairCoop will present the post-capitalist world with a fully-featured marketplace to build the networked economy that we all deserve.

To get started, we need to build a strong community and you can get involved by joining us or participating in our forum to help build it together!