The Dharma Republic Marketplace is a free space for all small organic brands and individual sellers to promote their products to the community (in categories such as organic, spiritual products, handicrafts, clothing, art, etc.).
The DR Marketplace is an independent alternative to mainstream shopping sites, a kind of “parallel Amazon” for herbal and natural products, as well as for all alternative and dharmic products and services.
Why do we need such a marketplace?
• You can’t rely on Amazon to find the absolute best organic products. Generally, the supplements industry is making a living out of the relatively low level of knowledge of the average consumer, pushing only what is profitable for them. We aim to totally decentralize the offer and let you discover new products, new herbs and new concepts.
• Amazon and others can make it hard to get approved, especially when it comes to homemade products. They can change their rules anytime, so you can never be sure that your shop you’ve been spending time and effort to promote won’t be de-listed by Amazon overnight!
• US and EU regulations regarding herbal products, plant-based foods and natural supplements are becoming ever tighter, which means that even payment processors such as Paypal also tend to refuse sellers that deal in natural and herbal products. It has happened to many of our friends before.
(A famous example is Kratom, which is in a legal limbo currently under attack by the FDA. You can’t find Kratom products on Amazon, and you can’t sell it using Paypal, although the herb is still legal in most US states!)
Therefore, if the situation becomes really bad, buyers will have to rely on alternative platforms such as the DR Marketplace in the future, to list all alternative and herbal products in one place.
• This is also why we encourage our Vendors to accept global, decentralied cryptocurrencies such as Dash to give you more options, and increase our collective resilience.