How do App Developers and Designers set a price?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by braddick, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. braddick macrumors 68040

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    So many terrific apps are .99c yet some real lame ones are $4.99. How are prices set?

    Why do some developers spend so much time on a single app yet when it is listed in the iTunes store they give it away?
     
  2. The General macrumors 601

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    There aren't any applications in the App Store for .99c. There are a bunch of $0.99 applications, or 99c applications. The lowest price you can set above free is 99 cents, none of them are selling for less than one penny.

    They just choose a price. That's how it's set. They're like "I'm going to charge X amount of money for this application" and then they do it.

    Because some developers do it as a hobby and enjoy making applications for everyone to use. They don't just push out some garbage to try and make a quick buck. It's not their source of income. They do it for fun.
     
  3. braddick thread starter macrumors 68040

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  4. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    There is a significant difference in the volume of sales you get at 99 cents versus even $1.99. While this doesn't always translate to more profit at 99 cents, developers also have to worry about staying popular enough to be on the top 20/100 lists or risk falling off the face of the App Store completely.
     
  5. dougdawson macrumors member

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    There is the problem of people not taking apps seriously that are priced so cheaply. The revenue issue is mixed; I disagree that sales are that significantly affected by a .99 vs 1.99 price difference for apps that are not throwaways, in the case of apps that are not on the front page.

    Doug
     

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