New York wrote:
When I 'discussed' it with Andrei, I suggested
a) lower cost for low-cost plugins (e.g. some plugins only sell for 9.99 or 19.99)
b) free credits for MVPs ;)
c) discounts for long term credit purchases (6 mo, 1 year)
They only went with the latter.
We're always open to good suggestions from our community.
And that's why we've just introduced a new 50% discount for low-cost plugins (price less than $20). Now such plugins require only 5 credits per day. Thanks again for your suggestions!
Some time ago we've also introduced volume discounts for credits:
> 20% discount for vendors who purchase credits enough for the next 6+ months
> 40% discount for vendors who purchase credits enough for the next 12+ months
So the plugin listing now could cost from $5 to $9 per month with this discount applied. That's not much at all
Furthermore, we're going to provide absolutely free listings for some really demanded but local integrations that don't give much profit for developers (e.g. payment gateways for Iceland or the Netherlands).
Please also let me clarify about some other important points that we've already shared with our vendors. As you know, we have done a tremendous job recently to get the nopCommerce marketplace better:
- introduced the new approval process
for all plugins on our marketplace
- removed all outdated and low-quality plugins
We got much good feedback from our vendors on positive changes related to our marketplace clean-up initiative. And many of them noted that cleaning up the marketplace increased the clients’ confidence, demand, and the conversion rate for their products.
We introduce a small fee for plugin publishing on the nopCommerce marketplace, so that our team can curate content and maintain the necessary review and approval process to ensure a high-quality experience for merchants, and a healthy ecosystem for plugin vendors.
To keep it fair and avoid reducing our vendors’ income, we decided to set a small fixed payment for plugin publishing. We don’t want to introduce a huge 30-50% commission share like other marketplaces do (e.g. magento or opencart) because we think that it’s a robbery. It also means that you won’t have to pay more with the sales increase. We won’t be an intermediary in payment receipts from your clients, which means vendors will get your payments directly and without delays. You can learn more about the conditions of plugin publishing on the nopCommerce marketplace here
We've introduced these discounts for vendors that are really interested in plugin development. We strongly believe that this step will make our marketplace cleaner.
- Previously some of our solution partners uploaded not much demanded plugins just to get some solution partners points
- Some partners or vendors uploaded plugins for old versions and never upgraded them to the latest versions (e.g. version 3.90 support only)
- Less plugins that are not very much demanded
All vendors that respect the work of our team, all vendors that have good and really demanded plugins already purchased credits. Anyway some other vendors don't want to pay for listing... and it's absolutely OK. They can publish and sell them on their own websites without listing on our marketplace. We respect choice of all vendors!