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Also, you have to pay VAT for anything you buy, so I would assume most buyers would understand this.

Including 14 year old YouTubers? Because I’m having a bit of a hard time trying to explain this bit to them (and get them to understand!)

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Just about 6 months ago I had 43 sales. This month so far 3 sales. How does one account for such a big fluctuation?
You’re non exclusive. Non exclusive items no longer seem to get any prioritisation in search. Must have been something they rolled out at one point or another.
Matt,is your exclusive account here doing much better than non exclusive? In terms of views,sales and stuff. It could be that search engine is prioritizing exclusive authors :/

Actually my other account is non exclusive now and has been for a few months. Doesn’t even get a sniff. Even when it was exclusive however, it did abysmally – probably due to lack of items within it. Funnily enough, I put a request out to support just this afternoon to have it shut it down. Sign of the times, eh! :)

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Just about 6 months ago I had 43 sales. This month so far – 3 sales. How does one account for such a big fluctuation?

You’re non exclusive. Non exclusive items no longer seem to get any prioritisation in search. Must have been something they rolled out at one point or another.

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I’m also wary as whether to upload more material.

I still sell a small amount here every few days but it is 80% one particular track and 20% my oldest track.

I think my main track only sells because of referrals from a couple of video hive items. In the past I would sell a nice spread of all of my tracks but not for the last few months.

My last upload has never sold a single copy despite selling well elsewhere. I freely admit I have a very small library and haven’t uploaded for a long time, but one does feel like saving new compositions for other musical ventures and clients that have higher returns.

I’m still very grateful to Audiojungle for getting me back into composing after many years away which has led to other jobs outside of AJ.

Almost an identical situation here Steve. I’ve got quite a backlog here to upload, yet holding back on them trying to figure if it’s worth ‘investing’ them elsewhere – especially considering they can’t be PRO registered once they go up here.

Also, comes as no surprise to see you’re non ex too. Seems quite a few of us non exclusives have been hit pretty hard by changes here over the past few months! ;)

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My question was, if EU VAT destroying sales with its 20%, why sales are still the same for bestsellers?

Maybe the majority of these sales are coming from customers in territories that are not directly affected by EU VAT policy? (which would certainly be the case if these items are being heavily promoted there).

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But I’m not sure that matters. AJ’s prices are still the cheapest out there even with the 20% increase, right?

Most of my buyers aren’t even aware of that fact. They’re generally aged between 14-20 years old, have limited funds and even then, think that all music should be free. They’re only purchasing the licenses from me so they can monetize their YouTube videos.

The reason I know this btw, is because I get to speak with them all every day and the feedback I get has helped me get a very good understanding of the landscape. Trying to explain the end license price and EU VAT charges to a 14 year old brony is a nightmare, believe me!

@Leon: Yep that’s correct. And there’s even cheaper ones out there than that!
Matt, what do you think about top-sellers list? There is EU VAT on their tracks too, so why they all still sell damn good? :) Btw sorry to see that your track is not in weekend bestsellers list, hope this is temporarely, That Positive Feeling is a masterpiece, wish to see it there again ;)

Yes, I’m with Taco’s understanding of the situation. There’s definitely a lot of external promotional influence going on those top selling items. It could also be a team of referral affiliates heavily promoting these items in non English speaking territories too, to customers that otherwise wouldn’t visit AJ. (I’m aware of a certain Russian based social networking site where there’s a large composer community and quite a bit of talk about that there).

Now I’ve removed my own referrals from AJ, I very much doubt my ukulele ‘hit’ will be seen on that list again. Like I said earlier, it’s game over for me in that respect. Envato really don’t want non exclusives flapping around that top selling list (or rather ‘that list that customers automatically go to’). I can understand why, so I’m not too bitter about it. But it was fun whilst it lasted!

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But I’m not sure that matters. AJ’s prices are still the cheapest out there even with the 20% increase, right?

Most of my buyers aren’t even aware of that fact. They’re generally aged between 14-20 years old, have limited funds and even then, think that all music should be free. They’re only purchasing the licenses from me so they can monetize their YouTube videos.

The reason I know this btw, is because I get to speak with them all every day and the feedback I get has helped me get a very good understanding of the landscape. Trying to explain the end license price and EU VAT charges to a 14 year old brony is a nightmare, believe me!

@Leon: Yep that’s correct. And there’s even cheaper ones out there than that!

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For those who are wondering why sales are down just look at how many pages of sfx are coming in on a daily basis from single authors and do the maths. Today = Dead.

Oh it’s been dead here for days and days now. Getting the very occasional sale plop in, but nothing to write home about. I was wondering when it was ‘game over’, and can’t help feeling it’s now unfortunately. Could throw some more music on the heap, but from what I’ve seen, it has very little affect.

Aside from the influx of submissions, I’m pretty certain the EU VAT thing has had a huge impact too, as sales pretty much fizzled with a 60% drop in earnings, when that rolled out at the beginning of March.

Time to look for other ventures!
Can someone please explain what the EU VAT has to do with sales at AJ ?
If you’re a buyer, you’re located in the EU, and you don’t have a VAT number (i.e. you’re not a registered business) you have to pay VAT on your purchases. So that’s an extra 20% on the price if you’re in the UK. I guess most buyers are individuals and not businesses, so it’s possible this could affect sales.

Exactly. So in my own case, when my YouTube kids come here to buy my music with their pocket money for their videos and see an extra bunch of dollars on top of the license price at the checkout, they’ll just abandon the purchase.

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For those who are wondering why sales are down just look at how many pages of sfx are coming in on a daily basis from single authors and do the maths. Today = Dead.

Oh it’s been dead here for days and days now. Getting the very occasional sale plop in, but nothing to write home about. I was wondering when it was ‘game over’, and can’t help feeling it’s now unfortunately. Could throw some more music on the heap, but from what I’ve seen, it has very little affect.

Aside from the influx of submissions, I’m pretty certain the EU VAT thing has had a huge impact too, as sales pretty much fizzled with a 60% drop in earnings, when that rolled out at the beginning of March.

Time to look for other ventures!

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I always thought non exclusive authors here are selling their stuff across all RF-sites. Can anyone nonEx chime in and clarify this?

I’m selling non exclusively on some sites, for the very reasons you mentioned. There’s a good number I’m simply not allowed to submit to. Obviously, you’ll have research beforehand to ascertain which sites you can and can’t upload to.

That said, it’s important to understand why some libraries take this stance.

For starters, the ContentID restriction is usually for 3 main reasons: 1) The library is still stuck in 2005, not willing to accept that composers now want to track their material with technology now available to them 2) the library is fearful of losing custom as they don’t want to deal with customers once a purchase has been made (ie. no support) 3) The library wants to submit and take claim on it’s composer’s catalogue on ContentID and rake in the cash from it (this one I’m seeing more and more, often without informing the composer first).

Next, AJ has found itself on the blacklists of quite a handful of libraries, for quite frankly ridiculous reasons, such as ‘devaluation of the industry’. Again, another symptom of a library, stuck in it’s ways and refusing to keep up with the times.

Either way, if you’re looking for insta-sale licenses to the masses, non exclusively and you’re on AdRev/ContentID, stay away from these types of libs and stick with those that are supportive of it’s contributors.

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