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First known purchase of physical goods with cyberbucks
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For some time now, Adam Back has been offering to sell RSA T-shirts for
cyberbucks (DigiCash's experimental anonymous digital cash system), but
no-one has had enough available to take him up on it. However, thanks to
the success of the ecm mailing list ([email protected]) and WWW site
(http://www.c2.org/~mark/ecash/ecash.html), today I finally managed to
collect enough c$ to buy one.
It was something of a feat to gather that many c$ in one place, as
the number of sellers is limited. There are many more buyers than
sellers, everyone wants c$, but few people are selling at a realistic
price. As it stands, we have managed to take a worthless currency (c$
are not backed with anything) and give it value based solely on what the
market is willing to pay for it, due to its security, anonymity and ease
of use advantages compared to the other digital payment systems on the
Net. Once a DigiCash licensee starts offering to sell (and buy) ecash
via VISA/MasterCard and chequing account, I could see ecash getting very
popular very quickly.
Using ecash once you've got the c$ in your ewallet/DigiCash bank
account is near instant. If used through the WWW forms interface as
provided by the Windows and X-windows user interface, the transaction
is as easy as clicking on a button. Instant buy, much more convenient
than filling in credit card forms, talking to people on the phone,
sending things in snail mail, etc, and anonymous too. Now you can
even use the beta-test currency to buy and sell physical goods as well.
Anyway, if anyone knows of an earlier transaction of cyberbucks for physical
goods than this (at 15:00 GMT 17th August 1995), then please let me know.
Also, if you have c$ that you wish to sell, or have run out and want to buy
some more, come along and join in the fun on the WWW site or mailing list...
P.S. If anyone in the UK wants to buy a rusty but reliable FIAT X1/9
convertible, it's yours for only 5,000 cyberbucks...
(For the record, I have no connection to DigiCash other than as an ecash
beta tester, and the ecash market is not supported by them in any way.)
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