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Selling your SaaS in a marketplace such as Gumroad or AppSumo

For any reason you may choose to sell your SaaS solution in a marketplace such as Gumroad or Appsumo in form of a one-off sale.
SaaSBox supports a seamless built-in experience for selling your solution in such a marketplace by using the Stripe promotions feature.

How it works

  1. 1.
    You generate promo codes inside SaaSBox that you can then share with your customers in form of a download, e.g. after a purchase in a marketplace.
  2. 2.
    Your customers go to your SaaSBox hosted app at https://yourapp.com/PROMOCODE/signup
  3. 3.
    Your customers bypass the usual checkout flow (i.e. do not enter credit card information) and initiate the subscription plan that the promo code is defined for.
Using SaaSBox the entire hassle of generating promo codes, mapping them to SaaS plans, and signing up users bypassing the credit card form is handled for you.
The above method works with Gumroad and Appsumo marketplaces.

Gumroad Example:

  1. 1.
    Type in and go to the /dashboard/promos url on your SaaSBox instance. (This is a BETA easter egg feature thus no visible links in the dashboard!)
  2. 2.
    Create a SaaS plan for your Gumroad purchase, (e.g. a yearly plan)
  3. 3.
    Create a single promo code with a number of redemptions. (E.g. 500, depends on how many you hope to sell in a batch)
  4. 4.
    Publish your product on Gumroad.
  5. 5.
    Share the promo code you have created earlier with the purchasers of the Gumroad product.
  6. 6.
    Upon purchase those customers will claim their SaaS plan by going to the url: https://yourapp.com/PROMOCODE/signup
Note #1: These users will bypass checkout on SaaSBox and manage their payments on Gumroad (or any other 3rd party marketplace)
Note #2: Instead of a lifetime plan, you may choose to give your customers a long term 2 year support plan, and get them back on a yearly purchase in the future to generate more revenue.

Appsumo Example:

If you ever wanted to launch your SaaS on Appsumo, you will quickly find out that sharing promo codes with them and signing up those purchasers with the codes can be a big hassle. The entire process is seamlessly handled if your SaaS is built using SaaSBox.
  1. 1.
    Type in and go to the /dashboard/promos url on your SaaSBox instance. (This is a BETA easter egg feature thus no visible links in the dashboard!)
  2. 2.
    Create promo codes with number of redemptions set to 1
  3. 3.
    Download the CSV file with the promo code urls.
  4. 4.
    Share the codes with the marketplace
  5. 5.
    Upon purchase on Appsumo, those customers will claim their deal by going to the url: https://yourapp.com/PROMOCODE/signup
That's it, no logic or writing special code to handle the above use cases.