Have you ever wanted to sell your music, but didn’t want to give iTunes 30% of your revenue? And, set your own price while you’re at it? If so, Sellbox could be the startup for you.
The service allows users to sell the digital files in their Dropbox or Google Drive accounts. All they need to do is select a file in their accounts, name a price, add a brief description and image – and then a Sellbox link will be displayed. The link can be shared to Facebook and Twitter, and users can easily buy and download the file(s).
Here, this video explains the process in one minute.
There is no landing page for users, as each item relies on a unique link to be shared on social media. Sellbox adds a 5% transaction fee onto each sale, which it pockets, and an additional PayPal fee applies on top of that.
And that’s how easy it is to sell your own music directly. So what could possibly go wrong?
For starters, Sellbox doesn’t pre-screen the files that are sold via its site, so what’s to stop users selling other people’s work and passing it off as their own? Sure, the company says it reserves the right to pull any account it chooses, but what is the incentive to do so when Sellbox profits from every sale?
That is, unless Sellbox gets pressured by the rights holders themselves.
Given the huge resources rights holders already spend on scanning Google for links to illegally distributed content, Sellbox represents an added resource-drain that smaller independents can hardly afford. All the sellers have to do is to change the name of the tracks slightly to make it improbable that they’ll ever get caught.
It also remains to be seen if Sellbox can be held legally responsible for any illegal sales initiated by its users via the platform. But profiting from illegal activity surely puts it on shaky ground.