[Lab] Introducing TugBits.com - a marketplace for makers.

Jean-Marc LeBlanc jeanmarc.leblanc at gmail.com
Wed Jun 8 15:12:34 EDT 2011

Would a buyer be able to download patches or update the software for free?

say I put some source for sale some people buy it later on some one
finds a major bug and I fix it

Jean-Marc Le Blanc

"Do you pine for the nice days of Minix-1.1, when men were men and
wrote their own device drivers?" Linus Torvalds

On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 2:38 PM, Tom Burns <tom.i.burns at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Darcy, thank you for your response!
> On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 1:53 PM, Darcy Whyte <darcy at siteware.com> wrote:
>> The site looks nice.
>> 25%? You might find that wanting 1/4 of sale amounts will provide
>> significant friction to adoption (for buyers and sellers).
> I understand and agree.  Once we are running for awhile we will have some
> knowledge of our costs and plan on scaling our cut accordingly.  We'd rather
> claim 25% up front and bring it lower in the future than vice-versa and be
> accused of bait & switch.  Out of interest, considering the service offered,
> what would you consider to be a fair percentage?
>> It doesn't have any measures for authenticity (ebay has reviews, web pages
>> have in-degree). How can buyers and sellers have as much confidence as they
>> have with ebay without those measures?
> The state of the site right now is "minimal viable product", so a lot of
> features are missing but planned.  Buyers will be able to rate items, and a
> seller's rating will be a weighted average of their item's ratings.  As of
> right now a logged-in user can comment on an item which gives a simple means
> to provide feedback, but a lot more is planned.
>> If a person were to list a product for sale on their own Web site, why
>> would your Web site sell more? Especially given that having a Web site is
>> either free or next to nothing and you keep all the revenue.
> We offer a few benefits compared to doing it yourself:
> - We are actively marketing this website.  Our success is derived from your
> success, so we are trying hard to drive customers to our site, to buy your
> product.
> - Marketplace visibility.  You will gain exposure by having your items
> listed alongside other similar items.
> - Simplicity.  You want to spend your time designing and building things,
> not writing PayPal integration code.
> - Security.  Items purchased with our service are only downloadable by the
> buyer.  The payload content is stored on Amazon's S3 servers and without a
> generated download key, access is denied.
>> I clicked through to the "Domain Name Finder" product at your site.
>> What you've done there is avoided putting the name of the product in the
>> Title Metatag. You put your own buyline there instead. You also didn't put
>> product name or information in the H1 tag. In fact you have a blank H1 tag.
>> With that situation, it reduces the chance that someone can google the
>> product successfully.
> Thanks!  That is completely a bug.  I've added it to our immediate TODO
> list.  We need to fix our SEO, I completely agree.  You should see a fix for
> this in the next 48 hours.
>> So what would be the reason someone would list on your site rather than
>> just make a simple site of their own?
> The list I provided above enumerates what I see as our advantages.  It's a
> good question!
> Cheers,
> Tom
>> Darcy
>> On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 1:25 PM, Tom Burns <tom.i.burns at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I'd like to introduce the community to a website I've been working on
>>> with a few friends.  I would love to hear your feedback on the idea and the
>>> site, http://www.tugbits.com .
>>> Our dream goal is to help people quit their desk jobs and pay their bills
>>> doing what they love, making things.
>>> TugBits.com is a digital marketplace for makers.  You upload your design
>>> files, list them for sale, and collect money via PayPal when your item
>>> sells.  Likewise, you can use the site to find quality, reviewed designs
>>> suitable for printing on your 3d printer, milling on your CNC, running on
>>> your Arduino, etc.  Also suitable would be e-books, schematics, source code
>>> libraries and tools, etc.  Only after the PayPal transaction is the buyer
>>> able to download the files.  There are no physical items sold on the TugBits
>>> store, only files.
>>> Our goal is to help talented makers easily profit from their hard work.
>>>  We do not want to replace the existing "free/open source" model, but we
>>> want to augment it. We think that if you can get paid for your work it will
>>> compel you to go the extra step and make it that much better.  Market driven
>>> innovation.
>>> Registering and listing items is free.  We charge 25% of your gross
>>> revenue and bill monthly.  Depending on our costs and community feedback
>>> this number is probably going to change, but it's similar to the costs
>>> associated with putting an app on an app store or a musician listing with
>>> iTunes.
>>> Currently you can register on the site and list items for sale, which is
>>> what I would love for any of you interested to do.  We are in the final
>>> stages of getting PayPal to sign off on the site, at which point sellers
>>> will be able to collect money and items will be able to be sold.
>>> Please visit the site and let me know what you think!  Even if you hate
>>> it, please reply to tell me why.
>>> Thank you,
>>> Tom Burns
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