There are so many outlets for selling your own work right now, I wanted to let you know what and who I use and also share with you some of the other outlets that friends of mine endorse. I have paypal on my www.jamesleestanley.com site and you can order all of my albums there. i also have snocap for individual downloads, but have seen no income from them though I have had significant downloads from CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com) and I recommend them highly. I have had no problems with them ever. They have managed to get all my twenty three CD's in over seventy download sites. Their bookkeeping is transparent and they pay right on time.
My friend Dan Navarro of Lowen and Navarro (www.lownav.com) has been using a company called Cage Free Records that I am also going to look into. By the way, L&N also use CD Baby, as do literally all of the artists I know. Here's Dan's post regarding Cage Free Records:
For the past 11 years, Lowen & Navarro has been using Cage Free Records as
its online merchandising solution, to sell CDs, T shirts, songbooks,
anything we want, limited only by our imaginations and warehouse space. And
for the past year, we've sold direct downloads of 256k MP3s as single tracks
and full albums at prices we set. They charge 15% and pay monthly.
Cage Free also can fulfill the orders, if you wish. They warehouse (at
their Nederland, CO location) and fill orders as they come in. That was at
one time an optional service, and might still be -- we fulfilled our own
orders, until 5 years ago when we turned it over to them.
His shopping cart is hosted from his web location, though the cart looks
like it's from our website. So you don't look like you're leaving your
site. Check it out...
http://www.lownav.com then click the StuffStore
We like them. Or him, rather. It's a one-man show run by Patrick Latella,
a musician himself, and the accountability / accessibility factor is one of
the reasons we like him and stay with him. When we have an issue, we call
Patrick, not the Accouting or Fulfillment Departments. Yes, he has a small
staff, but he is our guy. We've been with him since day one, met him in
person many times, and have worked directly with him do design promotions,
special offers. He even ships our merchandise in bulk to venues if we need
it, so we only keep a small local stock in LA. And he reports to Soundscan.
This is not instead of CD Baby or Amazon or iTunes or anyone else. We use
them too. CD Baby takes a lower commission -- 9% on digital sales -- but
they don't receive the whole $1 and they don't do it on your own site. And
CD Baby sells CDs, not T shirts or anything else. Cage Free takes the same
commission as Nimbit. Cage Free will not get you on the other sites, as CD
Baby does with iTunes, eMusic, etc.
By the way, TuneCore will also get you on the other sites, and they pay at
gross (no commission). However, they charge a one-time fee per album, plus
a fee per album per site per year. If you're selling a lot of volume, it's
less expensive than CD Baby. If you are not, it's more expensive. And you
choose which sites to go on, which can be both good and bad. Cd Baby covers
Anyway, for DIY Cd and download sales on your own site, I like Cage Free.
You should know that Cage Free is not a Folk Alliance sponsor, and this is
not an official FA endorsement. This is strictly a personal opinion. If
you're interested, check out our website and merch page (the StuffStore) at
the address above, as well as CageFree's page at
Investigate these possibilities and then go with the folks you feel most comfortable with. These are our recommendations.