OpenBazaar was first designed to fully utilize the advantages of Bitcoin over traditional payment methods. Bitcoin has low fees to use, and there's no permission required to send or receive Bitcoin either. Bitcoin also allows for an escrow system that is very secure. Bitcoin gives people more control over their own money, and this fits in perfectly with OpenBazaar, a tool designed to give people back control over their own online trade.
With the rise in Bitcoin network fees in 2017, it became clear that OpenBazaar users needed support for cryptocurrencies with fees that were more suited for small to medium-sized transactions. In early 2018 the additions of Bitcoin Cash and Zcash (Beta) were added as options and users can set up separate nodes using one cryptocurrency at a time. This was the first step towards allowing more options for cryptocurrencies in OpenBazaar. More currencies and multiple currency support per node are on our roadmap for future releases.
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