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Blockchain Vending Machine: A Smart Contract-Based Peer-to-Peer Marketplace for Physical Goods

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  • Schär, Fabian
  • Schuler, Katrin
  • Wagner, Tobias

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In this paper, we propose an autonomous vending machine that is governed by a public Blockchain and smart contracts platform. Set up as a decentralized autonomous organization, it serves as an open marketplace for physical goods, where anyone can buy and/or sell objects. We propose a basic architecture for the machine, analyze pricing and fee mechanisms and examine potential pitfalls. Moreover, we discuss open issues, possible extensions and further areas for improvement. We conclude that the deployment of such machines could significantly improve our understanding of decentralized autonomous organizations and build a bridge between virtual and physical markets. Insights gained from such an experiment may raise important questions for further research.

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  • Schär, Fabian & Schuler, Katrin & Wagner, Tobias, 2020. "Blockchain Vending Machine: A Smart Contract-Based Peer-to-Peer Marketplace for Physical Goods," MPRA Paper 101733, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:101733
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    Keywords

    Blockchain; Decentralized Autonomous Organization; Distributed Ledger; Internet of Things; Smart Contract; Tokenization.;
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    JEL classification:

    • D47 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Market Design
    • L17 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Open Source Products and Markets
    • O39 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Other

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