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June 18, 2012, 11:11:56 AM
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http://tarrinlupo.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/what-the-heck-is-bitcoin-is-it-a-huge-untapped-market-for-authors-and-publishers/

I was reading this article about an author who has decided to try coindl to sell his books and I came up with an idea - We choose one merchant for a day or week and all pledge to buy something from them during that time.

For instance one of his books https://www.coindl.com/page/item/236 for .159 isnt much to spend.

Along with supporting worthy  people who have decided to try bitcoin it will also support merchants.

What do you think ?

P.S. this should be a website  Smiley

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June 18, 2012, 11:19:08 AM
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The problem is that I don't have time to read any books since I'm developing bitcoin related software/web sites all the time Cheesy

And my kindle already broke recently...

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June 18, 2012, 11:24:18 AM
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The problem is that I don't have time to read any books since I'm developing bitcoin related software/web sites all the time Cheesy

And my kindle already broke recently...

lol. This was just an example for the sake of the experiment  Smiley

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June 18, 2012, 11:52:39 AM
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I thought about this a couple years ago, admittedly for my alternative currency. http://shiresilver.com/blog/2010/sep/user_swarm_idea_seven_days

Its a good idea, but I think it would go over better if the economy was better and more people had more disposable income.

But if anyone wants to flash mob my store...  Grin

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June 18, 2012, 12:04:10 PM
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It's an excellent idea and I'm in. Though, this has come up a few times and two essential resources were missing:

  • Someone to coordinate the damn thing responsibly for a long period of time.
  • A method to pick the merchant. A website is a good idea.

Maybe we can wind one of the directory operators up. We somehow choose a merchant (via a method integrated in the directory itself), trade for a week and write reviews / pick a new one the following week.
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June 18, 2012, 12:08:11 PM
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It's an excellent idea and I'm in. Though, this has come up a few times and two essential resources were missing:

  • Someone to coordinate the damn thing responsibly for a long period of time.
  • A method to pick the merchant. A website is a good idea.

Maybe we can wind one of the directory operators up. We somehow choose a merchant, trade for a week and write reviews / pick a new one the following week.


Not a daily deals  site but a "daily flash mob"

The merchant could be chosen by voting I guess. I see it like the "bitcoin 100" except for merchants.

Perhaps...each merchant is assigned a bitcoin address and members of the site vote by sending coins there. The pledge money then gets taken off the purchase price somehow....


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June 18, 2012, 12:14:40 PM
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For instance one of his books https://www.coindl.com/page/item/236 for .159 isnt much to spend.



saw this transit of venus stuff on a newspaper last week 2wks ago, cool black dot picture over the red planet. but missed the thing...
btw, correct the price, is 0.989 BTC now, for 18 pages!


I guess a good flash mob would be like, we make a line -- no, not a line -- group some people side by side, wearing some BTC logo shirt or something, next to a crowded ATM place, each one holding a notebook or any mobile device, everyone represents a bank right?  you got this ?

then, to make it an act,  group other people to get into the ATM line, and suddendly, one step out the atm line and pick some one of the BTC bankers, make a transaction, and go for a buy -> we could set up a merchant near this "stage" too, sell the guy a lemonade or something.
then the others on the atm line , choose each one a btc trader and thats it. repeat.

too complicated?
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June 18, 2012, 12:18:15 PM
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For instance one of his books https://www.coindl.com/page/item/236 for .159 isnt much to spend.



saw this transit of venus stuff on a newspaper last week, cool black dot over the red planet.
btw, correct the price, is 0.989 BTC now, for 18 pages!


I guess a good flash mob would be like, we make a line -- no, not a line -- group some people side by side, wearing some BTC logo shirt or something, next to a crowded ATM place, each one holding a notebook or any mobile device, everyone represents a bank right?  you got this ?

then, to make it an act,  group other people to get into the ATM line, and suddendly, one step out the atm line and pick some one of the BTC bankers, make a transaction, and go for a buy -> we could set up a merchant near this "stage" too, sell the guy a lemonade or something.
then the others on the atm line , choose each one a btc trader and thats it. repeat.

too complicated?

Bitcoiners are too spread out to do a physical one probably. Might be an idea for the future though Smiley

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June 18, 2012, 12:21:19 PM
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For instance one of his books https://www.coindl.com/page/item/236 for .159 isnt much to spend.



saw this transit of venus stuff on a newspaper last week, cool black dot over the red planet.
btw, correct the price, is 0.989 BTC now, for 18 pages!


I guess a good flash mob would be like, we make a line -- no, not a line -- group some people side by side, wearing some BTC logo shirt or something, next to a crowded ATM place, each one holding a notebook or any mobile device, everyone represents a bank right?  you got this ?

then, to make it an act,  group other people to get into the ATM line, and suddendly, one step out the atm line and pick some one of the BTC bankers, make a transaction, and go for a buy -> we could set up a merchant near this "stage" too, sell the guy a lemonade or something.
then the others on the atm line , choose each one a btc trader and thats it. repeat.

too complicated?

Bitcoiners are too spread out to do a physical one probably. Might be an idea for the future though Smiley

Sure! But how to attract the curious minds if its not physical? I dont get it. Dont think what you suggested could be classified as flashmob
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June 18, 2012, 12:26:38 PM
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For instance one of his books https://www.coindl.com/page/item/236 for .159 isnt much to spend.



saw this transit of venus stuff on a newspaper last week, cool black dot over the red planet.
btw, correct the price, is 0.989 BTC now, for 18 pages!


I guess a good flash mob would be like, we make a line -- no, not a line -- group some people side by side, wearing some BTC logo shirt or something, next to a crowded ATM place, each one holding a notebook or any mobile device, everyone represents a bank right?  you got this ?

then, to make it an act,  group other people to get into the ATM line, and suddendly, one step out the atm line and pick some one of the BTC bankers, make a transaction, and go for a buy -> we could set up a merchant near this "stage" too, sell the guy a lemonade or something.
then the others on the atm line , choose each one a btc trader and thats it. repeat.

too complicated?

Bitcoiners are too spread out to do a physical one probably. Might be an idea for the future though Smiley

Sure! But how to attract the curious minds if its not physical? I dont get it.

Its a similar idea to groupon whether its online or in meatspace. You still need a mechanism to organise it all.

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June 18, 2012, 12:33:17 PM
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Not a daily deals  site but a "daily flash mob"

The merchant could be chosen by voting I guess. I see it like the "bitcoin 100" except for merchants.

Perhaps...each merchant is assigned a bitcoin address and members of the site vote by sending coins there. The pledge money then gets taken off the purchase price somehow....

Bitcoin 100 is a good concept but it seemed like a coordination nightmare. And it seems stagnant.

I suggested a merchant directory, because there is incentive for the directory operator to implement the necessary technical structure. Though it's not at all essential. We could use a discrete forum/channel to reach a consensus and then get into action. Every week?
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June 18, 2012, 12:39:56 PM
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Not a daily deals  site but a "daily flash mob"

The merchant could be chosen by voting I guess. I see it like the "bitcoin 100" except for merchants.

Perhaps...each merchant is assigned a bitcoin address and members of the site vote by sending coins there. The pledge money then gets taken off the purchase price somehow....

Bitcoin 100 is a good concept but it seemed like a coordination nightmare. And it seems stagnant.

I suggested a merchant directory, because there is incentive for the directory operator to implement the necessary technical structure. Though it's not at all essential. We could use a discrete forum/channel to reach a consensus and then get into action. Every week?


Yes a merchant directory is probably the best way to do it. Perhaps an irc chan.

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June 18, 2012, 06:01:35 PM
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Not a daily deals site but a "daily flash mob"

Sounds like a BuyCott:

 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buycott

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June 19, 2012, 04:13:12 AM
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Haha, just got an idea.

We've all seen those flash mobs that do different stuff in public places, like a lot of people suddenly start dancing in a train station, or hundreds of people "freezing" their movements. It would be cool if hundreds of people met up, then suddenly all took off their jackets, and "freezing" displaying t-shirts with the wording: "Bitcoin - disruptive technology!"

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June 19, 2012, 04:23:47 AM
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Someone should set up a bitcoin themed MP3 Experiment with those Improv Everywhere guys.

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June 19, 2012, 04:24:47 AM
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Not a daily deals site but a "daily flash mob"

Sounds like a BuyCott:

 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buycott


Yes thats exactly what it is.

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June 19, 2012, 04:25:49 AM
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Haha, just got an idea.

We've all seen those flash mobs that do different stuff in public places, like a lot of people suddenly start dancing in a train station, or hundreds of people "freezing" their movements. It would be cool if hundreds of people met up, then suddenly all took off their jackets, and "freezing" displaying t-shirts with the wording: "Bitcoin - disruptive technology!"

Smiley

We should do it at a BANK.

Or the federal reserve  Smiley

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June 19, 2012, 12:45:48 PM
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Not a daily deals site but a "daily flash mob"

Sounds like a BuyCott:

 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buycott


Yes thats exactly what it is.

From there...: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrotmob
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June 20, 2012, 12:32:25 AM
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I support this idea.

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