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

Darcy Whyte darcy at siteware.com
Wed Jun 8 19:23:02 EDT 2011

I know I'm being pretty hard on you guys as a devils advocate but trust me
that there is only good will here.

Buried in all this discussion is one important statement that you actually
said right at the beginning:

"Our dream goal is to help people quit their desk jobs and pay their bills
doing what they love, making things".

If you ping me privately by email, I can arrange a meeting with a couple of
my business friends to see what cooks up.

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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