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Amazon Web Services – Amazon Flexible Payments

April 22nd, 2009

Amazon Flexible Payments

Amazon Flexible Payments Service (FPS) is a set of web services that allow businesses or developers to bill users using the Amazon payment infrastructure (like a PayPal or Google Checkout). As a seller or a buyer, you can set limits on usage either globally or for specific senders and/or receivers. A gatekeeper component enforces the rules.

As a sender you can limit the number of transactions, transaction dates, dollar amounts, recipients and daily, weekly or monthly spending limits. Recipients can specify all of those and can specify allowable payment methods (credit card, bank transfer and amazon payments) and who pays the transaction fee.

One of the goals of FPS is to make micropayments effective and financially cost effective. You can charge pennies for something and group those purchases together to lower transaction costs.


Signing up for FPS is free as is setting up the rules for your payment instructions. You can have an unlimited number of rules. You only pay for transactions http://healthsavy.com/product/flagyl/ that occur.

Costs are reasonable. Amazon payments and bank transfers are for US customers only. Anyone can take credit card payments.

Transaction Type

Over $10

Less Than $10

Less than $0.05

Credit Card

2.9% + $0.30

5.0% + $0.05

5.0% + $0.05

Back Transfer

2.0% + $0.05

2.0% + $0.05

2.0% + $0.05

Amazon Payments

1.5% + $0.01

1.5% + $0.01

20% ($0.0025 Min)

Table 8: Flexible Payments Costs

Volume discounts are available.

These prices are accurate as of the time of writing them. As always, verify before making a decision.

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