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<aside> 💰 Welcome to what is perhaps the internet’s most meticulously-researched comparison of payment platforms and “creator monetization” platforms.
I created this guide after Gumroad announced that they were quadrupling their transaction fees. As a creator earning around $100k/mo selling Notion templates, I couldn’t justify my transaction costs going from $3,000/mo to $13,000/mo – so I started looking for alternatives.
This tool is the result of that research. It compares 40 different platforms (including all their different plans) in several dimensions, including:
On This Page:
There are two ways you can use this tool:
<aside> 💰 Platform Research
Click into any plan’s page to see additional details, research, and source links that may help you answer questions you have about it and its platform.
<aside> 💰 Revenue/Fee Simulations
Use the Revenue Simulation table (contained in the toggle below) along with the Fee View and Net Rev View to see estimates of what you’d actually pay in fees and earn as net revenue with each plan.
<aside> 💰 What Do I Use? [Tom’s Recommendation]
After selling doing over $1m in sales on Gumroad, my team and I moved to Lemon Squeezy in February 2023. I have now used the platform for over a month, and it is now my top recommendation for most creators of digital products and subscriptions.
Payments, Tax & Subscriptions for SaaS
My reasons for choosing this platform:
Merchant of Record: Lemon Squeezy fully handles sales tax calculation, collection, and remittance. Even Gumroad does not do this everywhere; they only handle EU VAT for you. Lemon Squeezy handles tax compliance globally.
Lower Fees: Lemon Squeezy charges 5% + $0.50 per transaction, and this includes the credit card processing fee. This is much better than Gumroad, which charges 10% per transaction, and then also makes you pay the credit card fee, bringing most transactions near 13% real-world fee. (Full disclosure: I’ve negotiated an even lower fee on Lemon Squeezy since my business does $100k/mo in sales.)
Useful Features: Abandoned checkout emails, Apple/Google Pay, full-page and embedded checkouts, great API and webhook support, affiliate features (currently in beta)
How have my sales held up after the switch?
What other platforms did I test? </aside>
Revenue Simulation [Open Me]
Payment Provider Plans
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