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27 August 2013 3 comments

Three and a half years ago, in December 2009, I released my first commercial add-on, which I sold on my own site. Six months later, I also started selling my add-ons on devot:ee, which had just launched their add-on marketplace. A year after that, I launched this site, gotolow.com, to be a dedicated site for all my add-ons.

I thought it was a nice idea: sell my stuff on my own site in euros, sell on devot:ee in US dollars. Link back and forth so people can choose in what currency they’d like to purchase licenses. However, it became apparent that most of my customers preferred devot:ee over my own site. The convenience of having all their purchases in one place proved to be a big plus.

Meanwhile, I needed to cater for tax rules on my own site, specifically: VAT. And let me tell you, that wasn’t a fun thing to do. According to Dutch law, I have to add 21% VAT to each purchase, but only if you’re either from the Netherlands, or from the EU without a valid VAT number. People from outside the EU or non-Dutch with a valid VAT number are exempt from VAT. I presume you’ve fallen asleep by now.

Anyway, the time has now come to simplify things. From now on, I’m selling exclusively on devot:ee. One currency, one price, no VAT… Easier and more consistent for everyone.

I’ve worked with Ryan Masuga and his team to transfer all existing licenses to devot-ee.com, so most of you should already be able to see them over there. If you cannot, try using the claim page to add the license to your account.

This site will remain the go to place for anything Low, including news and documentation.

Comments

  1. Jolle de Wit 27 August 2013 at 17:44

    Hi Lodewijk,
    Works like a charm, smooth transition. Being Dutch myself and planning on opening an EE webshop next year I was wondering how you’ve been handling all the VAT mess. Did you use Simple Commerce or a commercial add-on, and did it involve any custom work to get things working with Dutch VAT rules?
    Cheers, -Jolle

  2. Lodewijk Schutte 27 August 2013 at 17:54

    I used Juniper, a non-publicly released add-on by Brandon Kelly. I hacked in my own rules to deal with VAT, using this API.

  3. Jolle de Wit 27 August 2013 at 20:18

    Thanks!

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