Do you want to make a less money per product with the fluctuation in exchange rates and very high fees for payout.
Do you want a platform owner to meddle in how you do business with other sites.
Clearly she believed the people buying mp3s were her customers, not my customers and didn’t know that in fact the content creators on her site were her customers. She decided that she would try to school me in pricing strategy (oh shades of Kinkbomb trying to school me on the definition of a charge back) and how I should price my products and compared her site to Clips4Sale and how on her site I made a 1% more then with C4Sale, therefore it was so unfair to her and her site that I didn’t in turn increase my prices across the board on every site I sell on.
Whenever I see people make the number one business mistake of not knowing who their customers are it throws up red flags. The site owner was worried someone on a forum (lets face it forums are where people pirate) would say something about how a file of mine increased 5 bucks and that somehow would sully the reputation of Sensual Mistress. Including my own site where I make over 92% of my sale price (always buy direct! C4S is a huge platform, one of the oldest in the business.
She had been listing with them since the beginning and told me of her positive experience. I decided that for Sensual Mistress to remain worth the effort I would have raise my prices on Sensual Mistress $5.00 per file.
That modest price increase would allow for any fluctuation in the exchange rate and the payment fees. Even though her off the top cut of MY work would increase with my price increase, she worried that someone say something bad about Sensual Mistress on some unknown random forum somewhere on the internet.
They are European-based and at the time they arrived the banking looked to be in Cyprus, a hotbed of Russian money laundering. I suppose if I had been paying better attention I would have noticed this with the first payment but it took 3 payouts for me to realize there was a discrepancy.
The site is run by a Hypno-Domme who goes by Samba and the site didn’t look professional, it still doesn’t. At the end of last year a colleague of mine, a top selling Hypno-domme, with a sterling reputation convinced me to put my files up on Sensual Mistress for sale. The way the site does payments to its content creators there was also a high fee to getting paid about 4%. Meaning I made 61% of each sale and that my friends is a shitty deal.
I certainly didn’t join to be told by someone who cant seem to do any consistent branding how to price MY products.
Any platform that tries to price control, you should avoid like the plague.