Why an app have to cost 2.99$?

I have uploaded a little application to the Ubuntu Software Center. This time, I wanted set a price, I was thinking in 0.5$... but the USC has this requirement:

USC (minimum price app)
I really don't understand this minimum price. I think that the USC should learn about the Apple store and Android store: Small useful applications, with small prices.
Please, think on it ;)


  1. Fully agree, strange policy and one of the reasons I have not uploaded an app yet..

  2. Yep, you're right. It's a simple business rule..Canonical wouldn't have to focus on a single transition! Small price would increase the total sale, encouraging users to buy and developer to develope!
    In my opinion, this is the only way for Linux to regain position!

  3. There are costs associated with processing Credit Card transactions and maybe the arrangement that Canonical has doesn't allow them to sell software at less than 2.99 USD.

  4. I asked about it in Google+, and Alan responded... Here's the link: https://plus.google.com/117571247960696909377/posts/AQrZa5a1rQ3

  5. Thanks Luis, I created this bug:

  6. More info from the Ubuntu dev portal: http://developer.ubuntu.com/publish/commercial-software-faqs/
    What is the minimum price I can charge for software?
    The minimum price for applications is 2.99 USD. The transaction fee we charge has to off-set the credit card charges, bank charges and fraud detection that takes place within the payment platform. By enforcing a minimum price we ensure that processing transactions doesn’t cost more than the transaction fee. We intend to lower the minimum price over time.