7

Let's say I spend a week creating a data file in order to sell it to a very small niche market (maybe 100 buyers worldwide).

Is there an online platform where people could download the file in exchange for money, which I would get minus a margin/fee?

Requirements:

  • Online.
  • Supports any kind of file, even binary presumably-opaque data.
  • Sharable landing page for my file with at least a bit of metadata.
  • Users can download updates for free after they have paid once.
  • Users can pay with mainstream credit cards, the more payment options the better.
  • No set up fee.

Note: I am not worried about piracy because it is such a niche market, and because of updates.

  • Very nice question, since setting-up a small e-shop in some Cms only for this small market it's an overkill – dimzak Apr 10 '14 at 9:47
  • Payment by credit-card usually requires you to have a merchant status bank account, and for that to support cardholder-not-present transactions. Is that something you are pursuing or have considered? You can most likely find third-party payment integrators that isolate you from that, but having or not having the merchant status changes your question. – Neil Slater Apr 11 '14 at 9:19
  • eBay may be suitable for taking payment? pages.ebay.com/help/policies/downloadable.html - it doesn't match your other hosting/update requirements directly though, you would need a way to provide necessary download links. – Neil Slater Apr 11 '14 at 9:26
  • @NeilSlater: I did not know eBay could be used for this! Could you please post as an answer? Thanks! – Nicolas Raoul Apr 11 '14 at 9:33
3

eBay may be suitable for your project, given the small market. The eBay site has a policy for downloadable content This doesn't address your other hosting requirements directly, you would need to generate and email out links for each order on your own site. If you keep each link active and allow latest version to be downloaded then that would deal with updates.

Links could be a simple as a long random number that you generate for each confirmed order. This makes it secure against simple guessing by someone who has not ordered, but does not protect you from people sharing links or just directly sharing the content.

| improve this answer | |
2

I've only had experience with it in making a purchase (not selling), but Gumroad might be a good option. It allows selling any type of digital product, and also supports updating. Though you said piracy isn't a concern, it does support PDF stamping to help to mitigate piracy of PDFs (if that's the format of file you happen to be selling).

Going through your requirements one-by-one:

  • Online. Yes.
  • Supports any kind of file, even binary presumably-opaque data. Yes.
  • Sharable landing page for my file with at least a bit of metadata. Yes.
  • Users can download updates for free after they have paid once. Yes.
  • Users can pay with mainstream credit cards, the more payment options the better. Yes.
  • No set up fee. Yes.
| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.