Seller FAQ

How can I sell my CD or DVD on Discark?
What is the On Demand Manufacturing/Distribution program?
What does On Demand Manufacturing/Distribution cost?
What is the quality level of the products that you manufacture?
Can I get a sample?
If Discark is manufacturing my discs, how do I create the graphics for them?
What if I do not have graphics ready for my release?
What if I need mastering for my release?
Why do you want two discs for On Demand Manufacturing?
What if I already have discs made, ready to sell?
What is the setup fee for?
Do you offer full album as well as individual song downloads?
Can I still sell my downloads on other sites?
How do buyers find my disc?
How often will I get paid?
If Discark is making my discs, can I buy discs to sell?
How do I get started?
What are Download Cards and how can I get them for my Release?

How can I sell my CD or DVD on Discark?

There are three FOUR ways to sell on Discark:

OPTION 1. - Distribution: If you already have retail-ready copies of your CD or DVD you can send us discs and we�ll keep them in stock in our distribution center.

  • We'll add your discs to our inventory.
  • We�ll create a web page where shoppers can review, sample and purchase the item.
  • You�ll set the sale price of the release.
  • When your item sells, we'll manage the ordering process, collect the money, pack and ship the item, and notify you of the order.
  • We'll keep only $3 per item and send you the rest.
  • If you sell your CD for $12.95, we�ll send you $9.95.
  • There is a one-time setup fee of $29.95 per release listing.

OPTION 2. - On-Demand Manufacturing/Distribution: This is a great option when you would rather not spend the money upfront to pre-manufacture discs on your own.

  • You send us two copies of your master and your graphics files.
  • You chose one of the CD packaging options we offer.
  • We�ll store your master and art on our servers
  • We�ll create a web page where shoppers can review, sample and purchase the item.
  • You�ll set the sale price of the release.
  • When the item sells, we'll manage the ordering process, collect the money, manufacture the discs immediately on demand, and pack and ship them to the customer. We�ll then notify you of the order.
  • We'll keep the On Demand Manufacturing and distribution fee per item (see On Demand fulfillment fees) This covers the manufacturing costs plus our fulfillment fee and we'll send you the rest.
  • If you sell a CD for $12.95, we�ll send you $3.95. - $7.95 depending on the on demand manufacturing package you have us make.
  • Think about it� You will collect more money than most record Company contracts will ever pay you! It�s like you your own Manufacturing and Distribution deal all in one!
  • The only upfront cost is a one-time setup fee of $29.95 per release.

OPTION 3. - Digital Distribution (downloads):

  • You send us two copies of your master and your graphics files.
  • We�ll store your master and art on our servers
  • We�ll create a web page where shoppers can review, sample and purchase the item.
  • You�ll set the sale price of the release.
  • When the item sells, we'll manage the ordering process, collect the money, and manage the download of your release. We�ll then notify you of the order.
  • We'll keep only $2 per download and send you the rest.
  • If you sell a download for $9.95, we�ll send you $7.95.
  • The only upfront cost is a one-time setup fee of $29.95 per release.

OPTION 4. - Download Cards:

  • Decide how many download cards you need.
  • Contact us
  • Decide if you are offering a full release or promotional single release.
  • We assign a page on Discark that promotes and activates your download cards.
  • Distribute your download cards.
  • Your fans then simply follow the instructions on the Download Card, go to Discark.com, and enter their unique access code and click a download link.

Whichever option you choose, you maintain all the rights to your product. There is no exclusive contract, commitment or risk whatsoever except for the setup fee.

You might want to with the On Demand manufacturing and distribution option and then when you are selling enough copies to warrant an investment on your part you can pre-manufacture a larger quantity of discs and switch to the distribution only option. Also, if you start off with distribution only, and you run out of discs, you can switch to On Demand Manufacturing and Distribution so you don�t have to reorder more discs.


What is the On Demand Manufacturing/Distribution program?

It�s like you your own private Manufacturing and Distribution deal all in one, where you�ll earn money immediately for your work. You do not need to find a duplicator and make 300, 500, or even a 1,000 discs.

You�ll choose one of the On Demand Manufacturing package options we offer. Click here for a list. And set your selling price for the disc. You�ll then supply a content master along with your digital artwork and we�ll store your master and artwork in our servers archives. When a product is ordered we�ll copy your release onto a high quality disc using a high-quality duplicator. We�ll then print the graphics right on the discs using advanced printing technology, and print the cover and tray inserts on a state-of-the-art color digital printer. After we cut and fold the printing, and assemble and wrap the package, we drop it in a mailer and send it off to your customer, immediately as the order comes in. If you need mastering services or graphic design and layout services, we can help you out as well. Click here for more info.

The sign up cost for On Demand Manufacturing is a one-time setup fee of $29.95 per release. You send us two copies of your master and your graphics files and we'll manufacture the discs �On Demand� as needed to fill your orders. You�ll set the sale price of the release. We'll keep the On Demand Manufacturing/Distribution cost per item. This covers the manufacturing costs plus our fulfillment fee and we'll send you a check for the difference. So if you sell a CD for $12.95, and the On Demand Manufacturing/Distribution cost is $8.00, we�ll send you $4.95.


What does On Demand Manufacturing/Distribution cost?

It depends on the packaging option you choose. We offer a Disc in either a window sleeve; a color printed jacket; a jewel case with various cover options; a DVD video case with cover. We try to limit the package options to manufacturing processes that allow for immediate one-off manufacturing. Click here for a list.

If you need audio or Rom mastering, or graphic design and layout. Click here for more info.


What is the quality level of the products that you manufacture?

Excellent. We wouldn�t make a product that would look unprofessional to a music buying consumer. We have over one million dollars worth of equipment that we use to manufacture discs everyday. This is the very same equipment that we use when bands and artists come to us and order 100 � 1000�s of discs from us! If you�re worrying about the terms CD-r and digital� don�t. You�re in good company. We don�t like to name drop, but since you asked, we have manufactured millions of on demand discs for many well known artists, including The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers Band, KISS, Peter Frampton, Jewel, Phil Lesh form The Greatful Dead, Charlie Daniels, and many, many, many more.

We use very high-quality printing and duplication methods so you can be sure that your customers are getting top-quality products. Discs are duplicated onto professional-quality recordable media, then we print directly on the disc using advanced printing technology which is water-proof and scratch resistant. No paper labels or inkjet printing are used. Packaging inserts and jackets are printed using a state-of-the-art digital printing system that produces sharp, vivid color. All products are then shrinkwrapped for protection before shipping. An untrained eye will not be able to tell any difference between the products we manufacture and the products you see on store shelves.


Can I get a sample?

Sure can. And you�ll get to hear some cool music to boot. If would like a sample of a disc and package that was produced using our state-of-the-art, on-demand manufacturing methods please go to the sample request form, here. We'll send you our free audio CD sampler.


If Discark is manufacturing my discs, how do I create the graphics for them?

Discark offers a variety of packaging styles including standard CD jewel cases, DVD cases and cardboard jackets printed in vivid, high resolution, full-color (or just plain paper window sleeves). The disc itself can also be full color. You can either supply graphics files to our specifications and on our templates, or we can design the graphics for you. Click here for graphics specifications and templates as well as design and layout options.


What if I do not have graphics ready for my release?

No problem. We offer full graphic design and layout services. We have designed thousands of CD and DVD packages in our state of the art graphics department. It doesn�t matter if you sell one CD or thousands� we�ll design an eye catching package that makes your release look great!


What if I need mastering for my release?

No problem either. We offer mastering and authoring services. We have mastered thousands of CD and DVDs in our state of the art mastering department. It doesn�t matter if you sell one CD or thousands� we�ll make it sound super to your liking!


Why do you want two discs for On Demand Manufacturing?

If you're having us make your discs On Demand, we need a master and a backup master. We need the backup just in something happens to the first master during shipping or storage.


What if I already have discs made, ready to sell?

Then you�ll supply us with 5 retail-ready discs to start, (Home made CDR is OK as long asthey look professional). We�ll keep them in stock in our warehouse. There�s still a one-time setup fee of $29.95. We'll add them to our inventory and create a web page where shoppers can purchase the item. When the item sells, we'll collect the money, pack and ship the item, and notify you of the order. We'll keep only $3 per disc and send you the rest.


What is the setup fee for?

The $29.95 setup fee covers the scanning or preparation of your artwork, converting your audio into sound clips or creating a trailer, creating your web page, putting your products into our inventory. This is a one-time fee per title - you never have to pay it again.


Do you offer full album as well as individual song downloads?

Yes. We believe that you should be able to control what content is made available to your fans. You can choose to sell your whole album via download, as well as individual songs. You can even select which songs will be offered as a download. For instance, you might not offer bonus tracks as an individual download, or your main single. Either way, you control what your fans get to purchase.


Can I still sell my downloads on other sites?

Sure. Please keep in mind that Discark was designed with your best interest at heart. For instance, Discark is the only site that reports to you who bought your download. This is important for you building a fan database. Other download sites like iTunes and Napster do not tell you who purchased your download. You need this info to grow your fanbase!


How do buyers find my disc?

Once your web page is created, we'll send you a link to the page which you can put on your website, banners, posters, flyers, etc. or email to your fans. The link takes them directly to your Discark page where they can then preview and purchase your disc. In addition, buyers that are already on our site can find your page by browsing our inventory or searching for keywords assigned to your item.


How often will I get paid?

We send out checks twice a month for the prior week�s sales. As long as you have at least $10 due to you a check will be processed and mailed to you.


If Discark is making my discs, can I buy discs to sell?

Sure. You can buy as many or as few discs as you like to sell at events, shows, etc. at our On-Demand Manufacturing/Distribution rates, minus $3 each. We deduct $3 per disc because there is no distribution fullfillment provided on these orders.


How do I get started?

You need to create an account first, and then tell us about your project. Then we'll tell you how to send your material to us. Once we recieve your material, submission forms and setup fee, we'll activate your product's listing.

Create your account now.


What are Download Cards and how can I get them for my Release?

Click here for Download Card information.