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However, if I really did want my dollar, I could have gone and arranged with you to set up escrow, then posted the pic.

Basically, the conversation goes like this:

You) I'll give you $1 to post an alien pic from Deviant Art.

Me) Sure. Put that $1 in escrow.

You) Ok. Done.

Me) Let me check... Ok. Looks good.

...a little while later...

Me) Ok, here's your pic!

You) Great! Let's finish off the escrow.

Us) Yay! We both got what we wanted!  :Thmbsup:

At no point do we need to trust each other there. When I ask you to put the $1 in escrow, that guarantees your end of the deal, or you can look at it as me saying, "Really? For sures? Like totally for reals?" My posting of the pic is the completion of the deal before escrow completes.
-Renegade (May 20, 2014, 05:50 PM)
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Please excuse my lack of understanding of the BitCoin escrow process. But your scenario didn't seem to answer the question (in my mind) about why trust isn't needed.

1. How does Tao know that you will post the picture after he puts the money in escrow? i.e., Once the money is in escrow, can he cancel the escrow if you don't fulfill your end of the bargain?

2. How do you know that TaoPhoenix will complete the escrow after you post the picture? i.e., If he can cancel the escrow, what stops him from doing so after you post the image?

From what I found on the BTCrow site:

How It Works

* Buyer or seller start an escrow transaction
* Buyer and seller confirm their email and bitcoin addresses
* Buyer is sent a link to a secure page showing the bitcoin payment address
* Buyer sends bitcoins to the escrow's bitcoin address
* Seller sends item(s) to buyer
* Inspection period begins when buyer receives item(s)
* Bitcoins are released to seller (or a dispute is started)
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Thanks. Maybe I'm being particularly daft at the moment, but that still doesn't really answer all my questions.

What if the buyer says he never receives the item?

How are disputes resolved in a "trustless" system?


There's a lot of information on the site.

Thanks again. After reading those links, it still sounds like trust is required. :-\


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