Frequently Asked Questions
Need help? Check out these FAQs for answers to the most common questions.
Yes, anyone can become a member at PlanMarketplace, from architects to engineers to casual browsers!
Yes, anyone can sell their designs on PlanMarketplace. The seller must be the original author of the work or have written permission to post. However be aware that we want to maintain high quality standards for our buyers. If we can keep the quality level of our file selection high, we attract more and returning buyers, so keep that in mind when listing a file on the site.
You don’t need a membership to search for plans and files, but you will need a membership to purchase them. We require membership because it facilitates community and interaction between buyers and sellers, along with reinforcing the high level of security we maintain on the PlanMarketplace site.
Many types of files are available, from dwg, rvt, skp, jpg, pdf, etc.
Drawing types available range from the smallest detail to full building sets and everything in between. Browse our categories for more!
If the product does not represent the description, has flaws in the functionality then the first step is to contact the seller immediately to determine if a solution can be worked out. If this remains unresolved, please use our contact form to request a refund within 7 days of the original purchase. If a refund is made, you must delete all files downloaded per the terms and conditions.
Some details are free, but most prices range from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars, depending on the file size and type.
You can share your files for free and PlanMarketplace will make it available for free. We will still review the content to ensure its quality. Making your files available for free could make your files accessible to more people. The increased downloads could enhance your profile within the community.
PlanMarketplace charges a fee for each sale. Under our current standard pricing option the author receives 60% of total sale and PlanMarketplace receives the remaining 40% for use in website maintenance and improvements, and marketing, which benefits our entire community.
Setting the price for your files is an important piece of making your details available to a larger market and lead to more sales. The buyer's motivation is to save time as well as learn about the drawing or project and therefore save money by purchasing your detail rather than drawing it themselves. Keep in mind they will also likely have some editing on your detail to make it work in their specific situation, so it has to be priced well below what it would costs them to do it themselves for them to purchase your file. You can also review what other related files are selling for to ensure you are priced right.
All you need to do is make a sale and ensure your information is up to date in your profile.
PlanMarketplace charges a fee for each sale for website maintenance and improvements. Under our current standard pricing option the author receives 60% of total sale.
PlanMarketplace invests substantial financial amounts on the website as well as marketing to increase the size of your potential customer base and therefore needs to charge a fee to keep improving the site.
Once you are registered as a member, click on your seller dashboard, click on "Add Download" and follow the steps provided.
Only if you have written permission from the original author. Files that are not from the original author will not be posted or will be removed and an account could be canceled for infractions. Editing a file alone does not negate all copyrights.
We regularly review files and our internal data to ensure files are safe, high quality and align with our standards. Authors or files that do not meet our standards could have their files removed or their accounts canceled.
We are always looking for high quality details that could be useful for our buyers. There is a misc. section in our "details" category section where files can be placed that do not fit into another category. We monitor our categories and continue to revise and add categories to enhance the site experience.
No. Even if the file was free, you can not publish it if you are not the original author.
Yes, we recommend the files are as clear and clean as possible. This would include deleting any unrelated items from the file, purging the file and using clear drafting and design standards. This will ensure the final user will have a positive experience and likely lead to more positive reviews and more sales.
We choose our featured sellers and files by regularly scanning and selecting those who have the highest ratings, are the most popular, or by the number of users who have "favorited" their designer profile or plans.
The best ways to attract more buyers to your designs is by:
- Produce files that are valuable, as this will earn you more positive reviews, more favorites on your designs and profile, and word-of-mouth promotion.
- Provide a detailed description on each of your files, making sure to include common keywords that a PlanMarketplace visitor will use in their search. The description should sell the buyer on how, where and why your detail works.
- Offer clean, easy-to-navigate files with easy-to-understand layers and design styles.
Start by making sure that the files you offer are high quality. Make sure your descriptions are informative, while avoiding overselling (unrealistic expectations might result in disappointment from potential buyers). Interact with users who leave comments or reviews. Respond positively to critiques and poor reviews. If you see a supportive comment from someone who has purchased one of your designs encourage them to leave a review if they haven’t already done so.