Some of you will have seen my announcement on the Modz Discord channel about this topic, but for those that did not... here is whats happening
For a long time member have requested the Modz site to have the ability to be sell content.
I have never been against the Idea... more against the drama that might come along with it. However I have have decided to give a Merchant system a go and make it available to the Modz Membership.
I invited MCU Discord members to give feedback and I am now inviting Modz Site Members to also give feedback about this.
Please feel free to post your thoughts in this thread.
Here is how the Modz Merchant System will work (as of me posting this and is subject to change!!! )
There is a lot of ways this could work, but basically...it comes down to what Commerce system the Web engine supports. There are additional Plugins i can purchase to enhance the system...like adding the ability for auctions. But for now we will use the base Commerce system.
So if you would like to propose a new idea in this thread...just keep in mind i am limited by the Web sites commerce capability.
To start with...a few selected members (2 or 3) will be invited to advertise their products on the site. This is to allow for more testing because i need to ensure the system is robust.
Over time, I will open up the Merchant system to more people to allow them to offer their products to the community.
I will create a separate post for these "Modz Merchants" as there will be detailed explanation given to them on how the system works and Terms and Conditions they need to agree with.
But the basics are this:
There will be a separate category set up in where only Modz Merchants can post products for sale at a price they choose.
3DXModz Members will have access to purchase these products from these Merchant through the Modz site.
The Modz site will collect a commission of a sale to cover the cost of making this facility available to the Membership. Currently commission is set to 30%
All purchases by Modz Members and payment to Modz Merchants will be done via PayPal
You do not need a PayPal account to purchase from the Merchant as PayPal accepts Cards.
You WILL need a PayPal account to be Mod Merchant
Once the transaction has been completed, the site will allow you to receive/download the purchase.
Now why I still have you attention, i want to quickly cover TAX
As I live within the Australia TAX system... I am not required to collect GST/VAT/TAX on these purchases because they are less than AUD$1000 (I will limit the max amount per item) and I am not exceeding AUD$75,000 revenue per year. So there will be no tax on these purchases. However if you live in a country...that you think you will be required to pay a form of tax for a purchase...please let me know and i will look into it. But i doubt the Australian Tax office will want me to collect GST/VAT/TAX for foreign entities
Now to be clear, the above is about purchases....not Merchant Payment. That will be discussed with each Merchant.
Ok, as for "Selling Content" and the issues/concerns around that.
The 3DXModz web site is making the system available to its membership and Modz Merchants have the ability to sell their content. The site is just providing a place and system for the transactions to happen safely. All purchases are recorded and are traceable on the site by the Member and Merchant, in addition too invoices being emailed out to everyone involved.
This will always be available and existing free content that is currently free on the site...will remain free...including the ability for people to post free content.
Do not think if you have existing content on the site you will be able to become a Modz Merchant and Move it all over to the Merchant section...I will not allow it.
The Merchant system is for New content only.
Now as for copyright, and i am going to be blunt about this...
If you want to sell your Nike Shoes on the site...you are welcome to
If you have a Game account on a popular MMO and have Bad Ass Armour and 10Bil gold in your bank and want to sell your account here...you are welcome to
if you have created something that can be uploaded into a game and want to sell it here...you are welcome to.
This site is facilitating a transaction only...I will be expecting Modz Merchants and Modz Members whom make a transaction to understand this explicitly. You do so at your own risk.
There are check and balances in place in the back ground for me to watch over the transactions and Merchants will be screened/interviewed....by me!
Time frame for all this to happen.
Currently a wonderful friend of mine is helping me test the commerce system and because it takes 5 to 7 days for Paypal to clear funds we are waiting for that to happen to complete the first test of the system.
Once i am happy that I know how the system works i will invite 1 or 2 more people to be Merchants. I am hoping that will happen around the 19th of July..maybe a bit sooner and a few items will be available for purchase to allow more testing.
I am aiming for the end of July to have the system working and slowly growing from there.
I am tentative about the growth of the Merchant System because currently it seems that there is more "Manual" button clicking in the back ground than i expected to complete a transaction...its not as simple as i had hoped. But i will monitor it
So that is it for now. I will up date this post as required.
Please add your comments below, i am happy to hear all ideas. but remember i am limited by the sites available commerce system
P.s .I love talking about TAX...so TAX me up BBY!!!!