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how does an artist keep track of how much merchandise was sold?

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  • how does an artist keep track of how much merchandise was sold?

    CDs and DVDs have barcodes to keep track of how much was sold. T-shirts, other merch, etc does not have barcodes. Does an artist usually sign with a main merchandiser, much like a signing to a record label for recorded product, and much like signing with a booking agent for live gigs?

  • #2
    everything has a barcode ...
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    • #3
      Could you use Topspin? They have a merchandise sales tracker tool.
      I run The Musician's Guide, a website that helps DIY musicians learn about the music business and get better deals on things like distribution, promotion, and recording.


      • #4

        Barcode has been very widely used in our life. And almost every on-saleproduct from a pen to a laptop has is own unique and individual barcode which can be recorded and tracked.

        And barcode reader don't just help out at the checkout, they also build up a stock list of items sold. Then a store will know when to re-order new stuff.