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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. And with that obligatory bit of text out of the way, we’d like to add that if you’re in the U.S. and choose to charge sales tax on your physical goods, we do something super neato: we look at the location specified on your Profile page, compare it to the buyer’s location, and 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. Other online shops expect you to create and maintain a bunch of tax profiles, but with so many rates, and increases happening all the time, that is just kuh-razy. This here’s the stuff 'puters were made fer!

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, we're not a digital distributor. Bandcamp is a service for selling your music through your own site, directly to your fans. If you're looking for digital distribution, check out TuneCore.

Still not sure? Contact Bandcamp Support.