This merchant token is an idea that I used to build a lot of the systems in our early stages of web development. I still like it as a system because it makes me think about what my goals, aspirations, and potential as a programmer are. I still like it because it helps me focus on what I want to accomplish as a designer, developer, or marketer.
I think this thing is a terrible idea.
Not only does it not make my goals, aspirations, or potential as a programmer look any better, it also makes them look worse. I don’t really like thinking about how I could be a more successful programmer, designer, or marketer, and that makes me feel a bit like I am just an idiot.
As you probably know, I have been working on improving my own skills for years. The “merchant token” is an idea I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Basically, if you are a programmer, designer, marketer, or developer, you can make yourself a merchant with any token. I made this point to my fellow devs over the weekend, and I was immediately slapped with a ton of criticism.
The merchant token is a pretty simple concept. Basically, you essentially have a stack of tokens that you can use to purchase items for multiple merchants. When you trade this stack, you can pay each merchant with their token, and then pay you with the stack you have.
It sounds pretty simple, right? But it is actually quite complicated. Like, what does a merchant token actually do? It’s a stack of tokens that you can use to purchase items for multiple merchants.
Basically, a merchant token allows you to buy items between multiple merchants for one item. The idea is that you can make transactions with multiple merchants at once, and then you can pay with the stack of tokens you have on your merchant token. What is complicated is that token is only redeemable for items and not for money. This means that if you buy a pack of candles, the token you get will only be usable to use to buy candles.
Merchant tokens are currently only available for purchase in the Steam App Store. However, if you use one to buy a pack of candles, you could have gotten them without using the Steam App Store.
Merchant tokens can be a good way to get extra currency when you need it when you’re out of money. They have no cost, and you only need to keep one in your account so you don’t run out of them. Merchants also tend to give you more discount tokens when you buy more packs, which makes their tokens cost cheaper and so you can spend your excess token on more packs.
You can get a merchant token for about 1 cent in the Steam App Store, but they are also sold in the Steam Marketplace.