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Amazon Web Services – Amazon DevPay

April 29th, 2009 2 comments

Amazon DevPay

Amazon DevPay is an easy to use billing system for AWS developers. Build your cloud application, allow users to sign up and use your application and let Amazon bill them for you.

DevPay is “AWS-Aware” in that it ties into the billing of AWS services. Instead of a user having to sign up for AWS and be billed separately, you can add in the AWS costs to your costs and just bill the users directly.

DevPay is web based and uses Amazon Payments. The web interface allows you to register your application and set your pricing. You can then link to your own web site and your customers will be unaware that they are paying for Amazon services (unless you want them to know).

DevPay allows you to bill a one time charge, a recurring charge (subscription) and metered usage (bill by the hour and/or storage).

One of the nicest things about it is that you are somewhat protected from deadbeats. You won’t get any money back for usage of your product, but Amazon does not try to collect their money from you unless they are able to collect from the customer.


Amazon charges 3.0% of the amount you charge minus any metered usage. That means that if the user uses $1.50 of metered CPU and you bill them $5.00, Amazon will only charge you 3% of $3.50.

Amazon also charges $0.30 for each bill collected from a customer.

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Amazon Web Services – Amazon Flexible Payments

April 22nd, 2009 Comments off

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 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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