questionsdid you know that amazon screws over developers…


When I read that, I didn't see Amazon say anything like "We are forcing you to give your app away for free for a day. Neener neener." They appear to offer the (risky) endeavor to developers. The developers seem to know what they are getting into, and are taking a risk by doing it. As for the other things they mention, a developer can probably find out about any other "evil" practice by searching the interwebz for information before adding their app to the Amazon store to begin with.

How does that make Amazon evil, or even be screwing anyone over? This is like saying McDonad's is evil for making you fat, because you eat it every day.


@kmeltzer: I didn't mean they were "evil" all around, just to those who they offer the Free App of the Day; taking full advantage of the prime spot but offering nothing in return. Sure, it gives them exposure, but likely doesn't result in many sales AFTER the FAotD promotion, in this case, 14 days featuring a "top spot" in the app store. I will bet that I won't see the current Free App in a prominent place after today's sale. I'll have to search for it.


@bmw66x: Right, and that's the risk which developers appear to agree to. So, not sure how they are getting screwed over, when there doesn't seem to be a "gotcha" to this.

Maybe people, like those who wrote the article, should have had an advertising model before doing it. Or, somehow come out with a new update (for money), or some sort of plan to take advantage of the thousands of new users. They need to capitalize on the 101,000 people using their app in 1 day.


Since this story was posted 8 months ago along with the misuse of "don't" and "do" leads me to believe that this was written by a person outside the U.S. who doesn't understand our language, so therefore feels like s/he was cheated. The clincher was the word "cheque".


I don't even have the Amazon App installed


wahhhhhh, big bad amazon cheated me.

whatever. you're an adult, you were offered a deal/promotional spot for day, and you took the offer. Quit bitching and get back to work, I say.


Notice they refused to post their sales for June 28-30th which are the days immediately following the free date? They also forgot to mention the number of sales before were virtually zero and got several users posting feedback to which they benefited and updated their software. As for me, I would never buy a program without first seeing what others felt about it. If it didn't have any feedback because nobody else bought it, they will lose my sale too.


I see the FAOTD as a way to get your app out to a huge bunch of people. If your app has no backend cost (ie. doesn't require data from a server that the developer has to maintain) then I'd say it is a no harm, no foul issue and amounts to "free" advertizing.

I will note that there are a couple of apps that I've gotten as the FAOTD that I regret "purchasing" via Amazon (one example is Aparatus). The issue here is that these developers are no longer with Amazon, so updates are not available via Amazon, only from the Google Play Store. However, there is no way to "unbuy" the app from Amazon and thus purchassing it again from Google is not an option (Play only shows Install and Update, neither of which work since I never purchased it from Google). End result is that I cannot get the latest version of these apps, even though I am willing to pay for them. (Yes, I opened a ticket with Google and got no where. Maybe I should try with Amazon.)


@baqui63: Amazon Appstore for Android customers can permanently delete apps from their account. To use this feature, visit the Your Apps and Devices ( section of the Amazon Appstore for Android and click "Actions."

To learn more about this feature, visit:

Appstore for Android FAQs -

Appstore for Android "Manage Apps" overview -



You know, I'd swear that I tried deleting the app from Amazon back when this first became an issue for me (maybe six months ago) and that it wasn't an option back then.

Regardless, I was able to delete the app from my Amazon account and now the Play Store allows me to purchase it.

Thank you, and have a great day!


The article sounds like it was written by the sort of person who thinks DRM is awesome despite screwing over all of your customers because somewhere, in a dark corner of cyberspace, someone might be gasp getting a free lunch! The horror! Call the Inquisition!

The convenient discrepancy between what they say they offer and what they actually do offer is a valid point of contention, but the cited material clearly shows Amazon was completely upfront to the developer about the terms. They were even polite enough to bold the part saying you wouldn't get any money. A lot of developers would see this as free publicity especially for an app nobody's heard of and thus isn't buying, and those that don't want that are under no obligation to take the deal. Those hundred thousand people wouldn't have downloaded it were it not free, and everybody knows it.