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Again, I only use Google Market. At least developers get paid and I can trust Google. I have about 15 paid apps on my account, the most expensive being £5.
    
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I'm disappointed. To think they were such a great, honest company. At least this doesn't drive me away from buying from their site for everything but music and apps.
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I have downloaded at least 10 apps that I would have been happy to pay full price for.

PVZ had to be paid for that free one. I just don't see them doing it otherwise.
I agree that some of the Daily Free Apps have been awesome, Plants Vs Zombies is great. Sadly as I look thru my list I don't quite see 10 apps I would have paid full price for, and my Amazon App List currently has 114 Apps/Games tied to my account. Granted alot of the Apps are very niche market type stuff and simply dont interest me, but there are some that after trying I find it amusing the developer is trying to sell it at all.
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seems fair to me. Amazon get nothing as well plus after the one day free promotion the Developers APP is one their front page for 2 weeks instead of buried in some menu's waiting to be found.

i honestly see nothing wrong with this, if you don't want to do it they aren't forcing you.
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seems fair to me. Amazon get nothing as well plus after the one day free promotion the Developers APP is one their front page for 2 weeks instead of buried in some menu's waiting to be found.

i honestly see nothing wrong with this, if you don't want to do it they aren't forcing you.
Ah...I see your point. I actually don't blame them now I've read this. The developers already get loads of money from the android market and apple's app store.
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Apple is SO suing them. Isn't stealing App Store enough, they want to steal their developer/consumer screwing tactics too?
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Am I understanding this right?

Developers sign an agreement (a formal contract) with Amazon which says that the developer will be compensated by Amazon for 20% of the retail price if the developer's app is featured as the free app of the day. Then, when the time comes and Amazon wants to feature the developer's app as the free app of the day, Amazon offers 0% instead of 20%. At this point, though, it seems as though the developer has the opportunity to refuse Amazon's offer.

I wonder what Amazon would say if the developer insisted on getting its 20% as stipulated in the contract? If Amazon refused, I assume they would be in breach of contract, although I haven't read the contract. The document might give Amazon an out.

Whatever the contract says, this seems to be institutional dishonesty on the part of Amazon. It's unfortunate that a well-respected firm like that would jeopardize their reputation in this manner.
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I think what is important is that Amazon is now publicly outed. If they want to keep their developers Amazon needs to change their terms of agreement so they are aware of all the conditions. If they want people to comeback they need to change their conditions. I'm surprised that these conditions or at least something similar aren't stated in the contract.

The only apps I have from Amazon are AB Rio and PVZ. Rio is free regardless, but I might pay for PVZ. The only paid app I have on Android is Ti Backup.
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devs fault for putting their app there in the first place? no?

no one is forceing them to list their app on amazon
Amazon say one thing, then do another...Read the article and this is pretty dang clear.

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seems fair to me. Amazon get nothing as well plus after the one day free promotion the Developers APP is one their front page for 2 weeks instead of buried in some menu's waiting to be found.

i honestly see nothing wrong with this, if you don't want to do it they aren't forcing you.
Then Amazon should say that clearly, not say one thing then change it when it's time for it to come into effect.
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So can someone explain to me how it is unfair for Amazon to share 0% revenue on a sale of $0.00? 20% of $0.00 is $0.00.

Moreover, how would it be considered fair of Amazon to pay 20% to someone for a product it is giving away? Reading the comments here, it seems that everyone assumes only Amazon is benefiting from giving the app away. I would disagree.

The fact is, the developer can opt out and is not forced to feature their app for free. They are asked to give up their 20% for 1 day in exchange for being prominently displayed in a high traffic area of the app store. This is how marketing works in the real world. They are forgoing 1 day of profits to get a chance to be placed in a premium location on the web.

Amazon is forgoing profits on the app for 1 day in order to bring traffic into their App store. Seems like a good business decision.

The developer is forgoing profits on the app for 1 day in order to be prominently displayed in a space where they may NEVER be "featured" otherwise. These smaller developers have a chance to go from being potentially "unheard of" to being a featured provider. Seems like a good business decision.

From my perspective, the developers are likely too small (and maybe not business savy enough) and simply have unrealistic expectations of Amazon. Big development shops will view this as a SWEET deal and a no-brainer.
    
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