Originally Posted by SlayerS_`Archduke`
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.
Exactly the point. Thank you. It's quite clear that this is a carrot/stick move on Amazon's part.
Originally Posted by CerealKillah
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.
Big development shops will view this as a sweet deal.
But thats not what most apps are. YOU said it yourself, read the bold part of your post.
a space where they may NEVER be "featured" otherwise.
Big development shops are always
featured in the main parts of any app store.
Small ones, like the one that is used in this article, do not get that space.
Small ones don't profit from the spots, but big ones do except big ones already have the spots most of the time
And when Amazon approaches a particular app like the small ones with the offer, and promises one thing but not the other - then what exactly are you defending here?
That's only ONE problem too. The even larger problem is mentioned again and again in the thread
Originally Posted by RaBidRaBit
There's nothing "unfair" about that in and of itself. The shady part is that they lure developers to Amazon by telling them that if Amazon gives away their app for free then they will still pay them 20% of the regular price but then when it comes time to give away their app for free they are presented with a different set of conditions that they must agree to in order to participate.
Many of those developers would likely have distributed their apps elsewhere if it weren't for that incentive that Amazon reneged on.
It would be like the Cubs luring a player to their team by offering them a deal where they get X amount of money for every game they played in and then on game day telling them they either play for free or don't play at all. It's underhanded.