Should I sell my band's demos or give them away fo
Posted 23 July 2013 - 09:53 PM
We are planning on releasing a three track demo.
It will cost us roughly around $1,000 to produce 1000 hard copies.
But we can decide if we should give them away for free or charge $2.00 for each demo and make back our money.
Here is some pros and cons I came up with for both positions, what do you think we should do?
Chrage Money? or give em out for FREE?
Pros of selling demos
-make money back (w/possibility of profit)
-Money can be re-used for future merch
-adds value of demo to the consumer
Cons of selling demos
-Will take longer to get rid of demos
-More people gravitate for FREE stuff then merchandise they must buy
-Demos can only be obtained via in-person contact (Example: A Show)
Pros of giving away demos for FREE
-Everyone loves FREE stuff
-more exposure=more fans=more chance of selling merch in future (can't sell merch without fans)
-Anybody including people who don't know us can obtain demos without hassle or money
-Demos can be obtained without in-person contact with band (Example: Can have a stack of FREE demos at local record store for strangers to pick up)
Cons of giving away demos for FREE
-loss of money
-may de-value demo to consumers since it's FREE
Posted 23 July 2013 - 10:01 PM
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Posted 23 July 2013 - 11:44 PM
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Posted 24 July 2013 - 09:05 PM
What my band has done is have digital copies of our demo available for free download, and do that, and then sell physical copies at shows for a few bucks. Once you've created enough buzz, people will definitely be willing to buy a full album at full price.
Also, I want to say 1000 copies is pretty damn ambitious, and you're likely to have boxes of those demos in your house for years. 500 or even 300 is a better number.
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