Bandcamp is more than a direct-to-fan storefront, we’re a retail music destination in our own right. Fans have paid artists $195 million using Bandcamp, and $5.0 million in the last 30 days alone, much of that driven by our community and discovery features. If you’ve got your own store already, we certainly could be a replacement for it, but that decision should not stop you from creating a presence on Bandcamp and earning money here too.
By following the instructions here.
All the details are on our pricing page.
For transactions greater than or equal to $8.07, the transaction fee charged is 1.9% + $0.30 when your fan uses Paypal, and 2.2% + $0.30 when your fan uses a credit card. For smaller transactions (under $8.07) we minimize the fee for you by automatically switching to the payment processor’s alternate rate of 5% + $0.05. For payouts into your account, the fee is 1% of the total payout amount. Fees may vary depending on geographic location or payment method.
For sales of physical merchandise (which are paid directly to your PayPal account, with some exceptions), PayPal’s standard transaction fee is 2.9% + $0.30 USD. There are two ways you can lower that fee:
PayPal offers a micropayments rate of 5% + $0.05 per transaction, which ends up being a better deal if most of your physical merchandise 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.
Apply for merchant rate pricing. Depending on your monthly volume, PayPal’s rate can be as low as 1.9% + $0.30 USD.
For artist subscriptions, Stripe’s standard transaction fee is 2.9% + $0.30 USD. Fees may vary depending on geographic location.
It is your responsibility and solely your responsibility to remit the appropriate taxes to the appropriate taxing agency (with the exception of EU VAT on digital goods, explained below). 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.
Yes. The European Union requires online retailers to charge VAT on digital goods sold to buyers located within the EU. Bandcamp automatically determines your buyer’s location and, when appropriate, adds the proper amount of tax to the transaction. We then remit the tax to the EU. more info on EU digital VAT
Sorry, no. No plans to add it in the future either.
You will not receive a PayPal receipt when a merchandise sale goes to Bandcamp to cover your revenue share balance (for more info, see our Pricing page). 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).
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.
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.
We’re making this face. While a feature in the doomtronica section does sound super, ask yourself whether it more than makes up for the lost sales from fans who use other platforms, and if it’s still interesting given that you get no customer data and forfeit 30% of each transaction. Now seems like a good time to point out that Sufjan Stevens casually released All Delighted People on Bandcamp on a Friday, sold 10,000 copies in a single weekend, and debuted at #9 on the Billboard Independent Chart before it was even posted to Behemoth, Leviathan, or Colossus, Inc.
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