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kenreiss asked

Request: Allow ISP Entitlement price below 99 cents..

I have a new skill which is getting great traffic. It has an ISP Entitlement option offering additional content. I am seeing MANY customers opening the purchase intent, but when they hear the price, they are saying "No" to actually purchase.

I think this is because there is a mentality that amazon skills are free and they don't want to pay anything. I decided to lower price down to 49 center (which I guess would be 30 cents for Prime Members). I expected this would net me 19 cents on each purcahse.

My logic was that I would rather have 50% of all these people buy, making me 19 cents each, rather than approx 1% I'm getting now, making me 69 cents.

However, I get an ISP error that the price must be between 99 cents and 99 dollars. Can someone please ask the ISP people to allow the price to do down lower, perhaps to 49 cents as I'm suggesting. Maybe even 39 cents (which would net me 9 cents). It seems that if I'm willing to take this price cut then they should allow it.

Perhaps eventually raise it up,as the mentality changes, when people realize that they will get a MUCH better alexa skill if the author is getting paid something for it. Just like cell phone apps. Maybe just between now and the end of the year, or til the spring, allow sale prices on skill ISPs?

Thanks!
Ken.

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Jason@Amazon answered

It's an interesting proposal and it seems like an idea that others might adopt as well. I recommend posting this as a feature request in Uservoice for Alexa over here - you can pass on your ideas directly to our internal teams there.

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Albebach answered

The details given during Twitch live streams with the Alexa developers reveal that Amazon would actually lose money on transactions less than 99 cents, so there is in fact a floor of 99 cents that allows ISPs to be profitable.

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