Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Wednesday August 03, 2011

Amazon App Store Fight

So you are a developer that has an app on Amazon. As part of a "free app of the day" promotion, Amazon hands out over 100,000 copies of your app. Are you thrilled about the free exposure or are you mad you didn't get paid? I guess the bright side is that the week before the giveaway, the developer only sold 38 copies of its app, total. Now they have a lot of exposure for current / future apps. Thanks to everyone that sent this one in!

That’s right, Amazon gave away 101,491 copies of our app! At this point, we had a few seconds of excitement as well, had we mis-read the email and really earned $54,800 in one day? We would have done if our public agreement was in place, but we can now confirm that thanks to Amazon’s secret back-door deals, we made $0 on that day. That’s right, over 100,000 apps given away, $0 made.