The @paywithsteem team have been really quiet for quite awhile because we have been doing a lot of things behind the scenes. Hopefully, when the time comes, we'll be able to reveal it all to you. Over the next few weeks would be a crucial time for us as we've already BEGUN OUR DEVELOPMENT of the new site. With phase 1 in progress, you can head on over to see our current landing page. A sneak peek for your patience :)
Well, some of you who've followed @paywithsteem account closely or have even used our paywithsteem site before this would've known that we were riding on shopify. This has indeed limited us in many ways. We wanted to create a place like Amazon where you can purchase your items paying with STEEM. We later faced many hiccups along the way.
Slow delivery time
Though dropshipping is very convenient as the system and the dropshipping company handles ALL logistics for you, the only concern was the LONG delivery time. Their warehouse are mostly situated in China and Russia but the items take roughly 20 days and more to arrive at your doorstep. We knew this was a problem because we didn't want our customers to miss having their birthday gifts, anniversary gifts late on their special day.
Quality not assured
Using the dropshipping companies, we can never really guarantee the quality of the products until they arrived on hand to our beloved Steemians. There were a lot of 'what-ifs' when it comes to this. What if the items arrive, it is broken? The time that is going to take the customer to refund/exchange the product will probably take another 1 to 2 months?
No branded items
Due to a lot of legalities, a lot of the dropshipping products are of an unknown brand or a brand you've never heard of. That is how you can get products really cheap. @btcvenom, @sam.hsuu and I wanted to have quality brands like Razer, Microsoft, Samsung and many other high end brands available for you.
So what did we do?
We've decided to scrap the whole site on shopify and re-create a new system and a brand new website that will benefit Steemians and encourages the trading of Steem. This will no doubt help improve Steemit's ecosystem and hopefully impact the price of STEEM in the market. When the site is up, I will definitely create a more detail walkthrough of our whole paywithsteem system. For now, let's just say you can purchase amazon items ;)
We are currently debating selling some stake in PAYWITHSTEEM LTD. We are not sure if we 100% will be selling any as of yet but we are trying to figure out if people would be interested. Or if you want to know how you can support this initiative, you can contact btcvenom#6875 on Discord.
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