More Places To Sell Your Product

by Des Menz posted in Selling Strategies

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One of the easiest ways to get your product to the market is to use Amazon's Kindle platform. Here you can instantly start selling your eBooks on the world's largest book marketplace. 

The revolution in self-publishing is continuing unabated. Any author, big or small, can get their works to the reading public, but as with everything that requires marketing and selling there's the optimum way and then there's the other way that should be avoided


The optimum way involves careful planning, research, and education and there's no better course than KINDLING, which was mentioned in part 7 of the free course Your eBook Biz.

Whilst Amazon has a huge following, the downside is the 30% fee that's skimmed off the top. 70% isn't too bad, but if you're selling a significant number of products, then maybe it's time to do some sums. 

Weighing up the pros and cons of continuing with Amazon will help you decide if there's another strategy that could be looked at. But do this very carefully and make sure that all steps are covered.

Be aware that as a Kindle author, the bulk of your sales would be brought through your own promotional efforts, and also you'll never know who is buying your books. Amazon owns the customer.

This may be fine for authors who continue to churn out product after product, and who have developed a reputation from their own efforts. But for authors who haven't reached those lofty heights, how else can they market and sell their products?

Other than the five methods already described in previous articles, here are some more great options. 


Other Selling Alternatives

E-Junkie is a very practical and complete shopping cart system that allows the use of a range of payment processors - PayPal, TrialPay, 2Checkout, Clickbank, and Authorize.net. There are a cornucopia of features, some of which are - coupons, expiring download links (very useful), affiliate management (indispensable), autoresponder connection, newsletter delivery, inventory management, discount management, customizations, e-book security (PDF stamping to limit file sharing), and more.

Fees start at $5 per month for up to 10 products and 50Mb of storage.


Fat Free Cart is the free cut-down version of E-Junkie and offers a quick, easy, and affordable way to sell from your site. No registration is required, and it works from within your website. Fat Free Cart integrates with PayPal.

Plans start at $5 per month … a very low cost way of entering the e-commerce world.


Gumroad has progressed quite a lot since I first looked at it. It is one of the simplest payment and digital delivery systems going around, and can be easily integrated directly into your website or blog. That is a great plus. Why? Because you have control. 

The simple interface is a pleasure to use. Each product that is enetered is given a unique link to your product page where customers can then make an order. The customers then fill in their email address and credit card details after which they will be given a download link to fulfil the order.

Fees are 5% + 25cents per transaction.


Squarespace offers an all-in-one system, from providing a website, domain, hosting, and e-commerce platform. Worth a peep if you want a great looking site. The simplicity and elegance of their own site is a study in website design.

Price ranges from $8 to $24 per month (billed on an annual cycle).


Should You Abandon Amazon?

Not at all. Amazon is huge, it has worldwide scale and millions of customers already available to you. If you've begun the long process of building your own mailing list and have reached the stage of having a true legion of fans and repeat buyers, then maybe you could move away from Amazon.

Using one of the e-commerce alternatives described above could very well add to your bottom line, but there's really no substitute for selling into many different markets and being smart about maximizing your profits. 



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