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 ;)

6 comments:

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

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  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!

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  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.

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

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  5. Thanks Luis, I created this bug:
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/software-center/+bug/1055087

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  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.

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