Comparing e-commerce providers Apple + store + Microsoft + ComponentSource

ComponentSource
Based in UK, with offices in USA, Ireland, Japan
Founded 1995
Fees Setup $500 + $100/mo, 40% per sale
Fund withdraw
Description

The Software Superstore for Developers & IT Pros.

Official Supplier
As official and authorized distributors, they supply you with legitimate licenses directly from 200+ software publishers.

Trusted for 20+ years.
Over 850,000 licenses delivered to Developers, SysAdmins, Corporations, Governments & Resellers, worldwide.

Offices in USA, UK, Ireland and Japan.

Their catalog/marketplace has:

  • 125,000+ Customers

  • 1,000,000+ Registered Users

  • 300,000+ Unique Visitors / Month

  • Over 10,000 Product SKU's

  • International Customer Service: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Cantonese and Mandarin

It offers 3 categories of software.

  • Components
    With software components available in all platforms, we offer the widest choice of pre-written solutions in one place.
  • Applications
    Choose from our comprehensive range of products dedicated to Software Development and Operations.

  • Add-ins
    Extend your favorite applications with our wide range of add-ins and plugins.

Advantages
  • Has a well-designed marketplace.
  • Highly sophisticated publisher program.
  • Well established (since 1995) and reliable distributor.
  • Offers source code escrow guaranty service.
  • Specializes in software components. If you build a software component/library this is maybe the best e-commerce merchant for your needs.
Disadvantages
  • Expensive (starts at setup $500 + $100/mo and 40% per sale) but offers a lot in return.
  • Probably not suitable for starters with low budget. Such developers would probably first test the selling capabilities of their software with other merchant services before joining ComponentSource.