Wed, 12 Oct 2022
Still pretty discouraged.
This is worse than starting from scratch. This is starting from "a ton of prospective customers, all the low-hanging fruit, has already written me off."
Anyway, if you're one of the customers, don't worry: I have always regularly downloaded the records of who has bought designs, so when I figure out where I'm landing, I can set up your account there with access. And I can always just email you the files directly on request.
I am tentatively settling on Gumroad. The fees are high (9%, though the percentage declines as total sales go up), but otherwise it seems pretty positive.
Not quite as versatile as Shopify's out of the box; there's a button or a full-page and nothing in between. I've been using a Jekyll include though, so I can supplement the button with the picture from my local version.
Slightly better than Shopify's, though you have to use a specific URI to get it to apply a discount by default. So new-item discounts don't show on the default Gumroad shop, unless there's a different way to apply them that I haven't encountered yet. Which is possible.
Gumroad doesn't have this, which is annoying. It does have an API, so one could use a fairly simple program to export (and I will; both Shopify and Ko-Fi have CSV export so I can always keep records of who's bought what), but the API doesn't allow for product creation so it can't be used to import things.
Membership stuff is a "product" rather than a whole account, which is to say I could mirror the Ko-Fi tiers there and have a whole separate membership for physical items. This is very appealing, because I've had a lot of trouble specializing.
It allows direct credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and if I connect a Paypal account, Paypal Direct. So that's pretty straightforward.
It has "posts" but no RSS/Atom feeds so...
Which reminds me, I need to set up feeds for the tutorials and product pages here. It's going to be a seriously housekeeping-only week, but luckily I already have this week's freebie all ready to go: the Kawaii Sunflower for here and the Dragon Egg for the Ko-Fi early-access.
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