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I want to sell my music on Bandcamp. How?

By following the instructions here.

How much does Bandcamp cost?

All the details are on our pricing page.

How much is PayPal’s transaction fee?

PayPal’s standard transaction fee is 2.9% + $0.30 USD. There are two ways you can lower that fee:

  1. PayPal offers a micropayments rate of 5% and 5¢ per transaction, which ends up being a better deal if most of your transactions are $12 USD or less. You can sign up for micropayments at any time. There's nothing to do on Bandcamp; just contact PayPal Micropricing Support at 888-433-6829. You can switch back to the standard rate at any time by contacting PayPal.

    Also, be aware that PayPal allows you to use only one rate at a time. After you switch a PayPal account to micropayments, all items sold via that account (through Bandcamp or elsewhere) will use the new rate. If you happen to sell a lot of items priced more than $12 USD, you’ll notice the micropayments fee will be a bit higher than the standard fee. (One way to work around this restriction is to use two PayPal accounts, one with micropayments for your Bandcamp sales and another with the standard rate for the other, higher-priced transactions.)

  2. Apply for merchant rate pricing. Depending on your monthly volume, PayPal’s rate can be as low as 1.9% + $0.30 USD.

What about taxes?

It is your responsibility and solely your responsibility to remit the appropriate taxes (income, sales, VAT, property, estate or otherwise) to the appropriate taxing agency. We recommend that you consult your personal tax advisor regarding the best approach. For physical items, whether to charge tax through Bandcamp, and at what rate, is up to you. You can control this in the "Physical Goods" section of your artist Profile page. If you’re in the U.S., we help by looking at the location specified on your Profile page and comparing it to the buyer’s location. If taxes apply (e.g., you’re both in the same state), we dynamically pull in the up-to-the-minute tax rate for the buyer’s city/county.

Does Bandcamp handle European Union VAT (Value Added Tax)?

Effective January 1, 2015, Bandcamp helps artists and labels collect and pay VAT on digital album and track purchases in the following ways:

  • For each purchase that includes a digital item, Bandcamp automatically determines if the buyer is based in an EU country.
  • If they are, we calculate the proper VAT amount and add it to the order total. As usual, the proceeds from these transactions flow directly to you (see Pricing for more details about how that works).
  • If you know you fall below your country's VAT exemption threshold, a setting on your Profile page will allow you to disable VAT collection for domestic purchases.
  • Effective March 1, 2015, a downloadable VAT report will be available on your Tools page. This report, organized by calendar quarter, will include the data necessary to submit a VAT return for your Bandcamp sales.

To report and pay tax for sales in which VAT was charged, EU-based artists and labels:

  1. Register for MOSS (or "Mini One-Stop Shop," a website used to report and pay cross-border VAT) in your country. UK MOSS sign up is here. In some countries this might involve becoming "VAT registered" first. See your country's MOSS site for details.
  2. Each quarter, submit a VAT return using MOSS and pay the tax owed. Your Bandcamp VAT report includes all the information needed for the return, including your total taxable sales broken down by country, as well as the evidence used to determine the buyer's location for each sale.

Under our current system, in which buyers pay you directly, the above is the easiest we can make it for sellers to meet their VAT obligations. In the first half of 2015, we plan to make payments for digital transactions flow through Bandcamp. Among other advantages, this will allow us to take care of everything related to digital VAT, including tax reporting and payment.

Useful links on EU VAT for digital goods:

Can I restrict sales on Bandcamp by geographic region?

Sorry, no. No plans to add it in the future either.

Why are some of my orders not showing up in my PayPal account?

Please visit our Pricing page, and be sure to check out the question titled “Then How Does Bandcamp Get Paid?” You will not receive a PayPal receipt when a sale goes to Bandcamp to cover your revenue share balance. For most artists this doesn’t matter, but if you’re selling physical goods and are used to only looking at PayPal to see who to send orders to, you’ll need to change your routine up a bit. The best approach is to use your Merch Orders page (linked from your Tools page), but you can also rely on the email receipts you get from Bandcamp (or you can always just export your Sales Report, also linked to from your Tools page).

What pricing performs best?

Please take what we’re about to tell you with a grain of salt. Part of what makes Bandcamp Bandcamp is that you, not some corporate behemoth, set your own pricing. And that’s really as it should be, since the most effective price just isn’t the same for every artist, and you know your fans better than anyone. That said, we have the advantage of a metric crap-ton of data, and that data tells us a few things:

For digital albums of seven tracks or more, most artists will maximize their earnings by charging $7 USD. For EP-length albums (six tracks or fewer), $4 USD is the sweet spot. But again, there are exceptions, and if you’re an established artist who has seen recent success charging $18 for your digital albums, go for it. However, in all cases, leaving “let fans pay more if they want” checked is key: fans pay more than the minimum a whopping 40% of the time, driving up the average price paid by nearly 50% (in fact, every day, we see überfans paying $50, $100, $200 for albums priced far lower).

While we have your attention, we would like to discourage you from doing one-penny-off pricing (e.g., $0.99, $9.99, $11.99). Though it may be an effective tactic for selling waterbeds, cell phone plans, and Angry Birds 34, when we see that sort of pricing on an artist’s own website, we do not think “gosh, this is a good deal” but rather “what we previously thought was a person/band is actually a marketing department, and they’re subtly telling us they think we’re idiots.” Present a straightforward price, let fans pay more if they want, and they’ll reward you.

Can I also sell my music on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and so on?

Of course! We compete by making Bandcamp the place you want to send your fans, not by making it the place you have to send them. Exclusivity is for the birds.

If I sell my music on Bandcamp, will you automatically add it to Amazon and the iTunes store?

No. If you're looking for digital distribution, check out DistroKid.

Still not sure? Contact Bandcamp Support.