How to Sell Zip Files Online

Every few months someone asks to buy a license to some old course notes I wrote. Usually it takes a few days for me to get around to invoicing them, packing up the zip files, and e-mailing them. I’d like to make this more automatic.

What services do folks recommend for selling basic files? i.e. zip files? I don’t need DRM or anything fancy. However I do want it to be hands off after I upload the files. Also, my sales volume is low so no monthly fees is a must. I am willing to pay a reasonable percentage of the transaction or per-megabyte sold charge.

I’m not looking to make a great deal of money, or become an online store, just automate the delivery and download process a little more so it’s a bit easier to buy from me. Any ideas?

4 Responses to “How to Sell Zip Files Online”

  1. John Cowan Says:

    I know nothing about DocStoc, but they seem to have a reasonable business model: no upfront or storage fees, you set the price, they keep 50% of it. Typical prices are $15-$25, according to DocStoc, but it’s totally up to you. The only downside I see is that they only accept plain text, RTF, Office, OfficeXML, and PDF, and no zipfiles (I wouldn’t either; they would be a pain to validate). Seller’s FAQ. Legalese.

  2. M. Murphy Says:

    Dreamhost offers this with their Files Forever (http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Files_Forever). It’s been around for a while, but it doesn’t look like it has ever taken off. There must be something better out there.

  3. Joe Says:

    http://fileply.com have the same free no upfront storage fee. you set the price and they keep 5% to 20% of the selling price.
    they also have free online store accounts to set up your online store and sell more files

  4. Winston B Says:

    If you want to sell downloadable files from your website, give MadBeeTech Web Hosting at http://www.madbeetech.com a try. I like it because it’s a complete system – site builder, shopping cart, and automated handling of delivering purchased files to the buyer.

    Once a visitor makes a purchase, he is automatically emailed a message with a link to instantly download the purchased file. And I automatically get emailed from PayPal saying the funds are in my PayPal account. I don’t have to do anything regarding sending out the purchased files. Best of all it’s only a few bucks per month.

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