DropBox and Google Drive are two cloud-based services that enable users to store their files online. Documents, images, audio and video files can all be stored in this way. Users can customize the permissions associated with a file, allowing sharing and collaboration.
Sellbox provides an extra layer of functionality to DropBox and Drive, enabling users to monetize their files. Providing the uploader owns the rights to a particular piece of content, they can market their work via Sellbox. The service offers several useful features that support online commerce.
- User-Friendly Interface
- PayPal Integration
- DropBox and Google Drive Integration
- Percentage-Based Fees
- Social Network Sharing
Sellbox’s GUI is simple to operate. Users select which of their stored files they want to sell, setting a price and making them available via the Sellbox ecommerce platform. Buyers can buy files with one or two mouse clicks.
PayPal is one of the best-known and most widely used third party payment providers. Sellbox features PayPal integration, facilitating ecommerce transactions. Buyers can pay for content and sellers receive payment easily, benefiting from PayPal’s various services (such as help with dispute resolution in the event that there is some problem with either the product or the payment).
DropBox is a very widely-used service. It’s free to sign up, although users who want extra capacity and premium features will need to pay a subscription. Drive is provided as part of the Google suite of cloud-based services; anyone with an existing Google account can quickly set up their own Drive account.
Sellbox facilitates entry into ecommerce by integrating with DropBox and Drive. Free, relatively simple, and in common use, they provide an accessible platform for those wishing to sell their content online.
Sellbox does not charge users anything to sign up; nor do they have to pay a subscription in order to use the service. Instead, users pay a small percentage of their earnings to Sellbox, meaning that they only pay when they make a sale. Originally this was nine percent; Sellbox has now reduced their fee to five percent.
For independent sellers of self-created content, promotion is everything. Sellbox helps to facilitate this by providing easy sharing via Facebook and Twitter. Users can share a link to any one of their files with a single click. Sellbox also provides shortened URLs to make it easier to share via other platforms.
While there are drawbacks to buying and selling content directly – sellers face challenges in terms of promotion and buyers don’t get the quality assurance provided by an established agency or studio – services such as Sellbox are increasingly attractive for creative professionals looking to boost their income and find new customers.
By using a one-click model as opposed to a conventional storefront, buying and selling is simplified. If successful, it seems likely that Sellbox will expand and integrate other cloud platforms.