View Full Version : Ebooks, podcasts and bears, oh my!

September 10th, 2009, 07:54 AM
Ok, not that I'm making tons of money so far, but I do have an ebook about ready and some stuff recorded and would like to offer them as downloads, but I don't know how to do that and get paid. Sure I can put them on my site for people to download and then trust them to send me the $$, but. . .I'm not that trusting.

How does one take payment, through Paypal let's say, and then get the customer the goods!:confused:

Lynn Terry
September 10th, 2009, 08:28 AM
When you set up a PayPal Buy Now Button - which you do through your PayPal account - there are extra options there to put in which page the customer should be redirected to after payment. You put in the link to the next page you want them to go to - whether that is an optin page to receive the download links via email, or the download page.

Then, once the button is created, you put that on your page with the sales copy. A visitor clicks, pays, and gets to the downloads.

September 10th, 2009, 08:40 AM
Gee, simple! Why didn't I think of that! Thanks Lynn

September 10th, 2009, 09:14 PM
Ok, here's another one. I went to paypal to figure out how to get the button and do the download thing for a podcast and it is asking me pricing and so forth and it asks about taxes. Are there state sales taxes on downloaded merchandise? I can't remember ever paying them, but then, I tend not to look at that stuff.

September 10th, 2009, 09:33 PM
I never charge tax for any of my digital goods/software. Can you leave it at 0%? Our sales tax in Ontario Canada is 7%.

September 10th, 2009, 09:35 PM
Here, south of the border,(upstate NY) it's 8%, but do you pay it? Are we liable for sales tax on non-physical goods? I guess I could look it up!!!

September 10th, 2009, 09:42 PM
yes, please keep us posted. guess I should really look it up for us Canadians, unless someone else knows. Don't want to find out I owe big bucks to the wonderful govt.

Lynn Terry
September 10th, 2009, 10:01 PM
Not yet. You can leave it at 0 until further notice.

If you're interested in the discussion (it's a LONG one) it starts here and goes through 2 pages of comments: http://www.clicknewz.com/1955/internet-sales-tax-laws/ Of particular interest to you if you're in NY.

It started with the Affiliate Tax but they are looking now at the iTunes Tax (nicknames - meaning taxing digital products).

September 11th, 2009, 04:52 AM
Thanks for the info Lynn!

Lynn Terry
September 11th, 2009, 07:55 AM
You're welcome :)