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

Tom Burns tom.i.burns at gmail.com
Wed Jun 8 19:30:14 EDT 2011

Hi Darcy

I absolutely appreciate the devil's advocate.  You've brought up a great
number of points.  Many we've considered but many we haven't, so thank you.
 I will be taking you up on your offer.


On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 7:23 PM, Darcy Whyte <darcy at siteware.com> wrote:

> 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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