I have a chrome extension that I think is fairly useful. It's already been posted and is free. How can I start charging for it with the Chrome webstore? $.99 or some such.

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    Somebody will take your idea, implement it, and make it available for free. – Mahmoud Hossam Mar 7 '11 at 22:41
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    I'm not sure why, but everyone is "answering" this question as if it were "Should I?" instead of "How can I?". It's offtopic! – Matthew Read Mar 8 '11 at 0:05
  • @Matthew Read: Usually there's a very fine line between the two. To blow it out of proportion, here's an example: If someone were to ask you "Can I jump off a cliff?" would you answer "Sure!" or would you caution them against such an action? Sometimes people don't think of valid and relevant alternatives (ie, a donation button in this case) that may do even better at what they are trying to achieve (in this case, presumably turn a profit). Personally, I see a donation button as being a better option than charging .99c to whoever will pay. – Matthew Scharley Mar 8 '11 at 1:07
  • @Matthew Scharley: I don't think that's relevant to whether StackExchange answers are actually answers, personally. I understand your point, but advice itself doesn't constitute an answer. Were anyone to answer this question well it would be an objective answer; that indicates to me that the question is offtopic. – Matthew Read Mar 8 '11 at 1:19
  • @MS: But you're right that Mark may just not have thought of alternatives; my preferred method of helping him expand his question a little would be to comment here and suggest it, rather than answer the possible future question. Maybe I'm just too accustomed to the "objective" SEs, so I withdraw my complaint. – Matthew Read Mar 8 '11 at 1:23

If the extension is already free and you didn't note that there is a "free period" when it was originally posted then you might be better off updating it to be donation-ware and providing some sort of link to a "tip jar" that people can donate a buck or two towards. Likewise, if there is an improvement you could make to the extension that would be a major difference, you could release it separately as a "pro" version and charge for that one, but only if there is a significant usefulness to the newer version and you are still supporting the free version.


I don't think that would work out very well. There are just too many extensions that look like they'll be awesome, but later prove to be not so awesome. I wouldn't pay for something I couldn't try for a while first.

If an extension does make my job easier, I'm happy to donate far more than your suggested price of $0.99, I usually send someone $5 - $10 and a nice e-mail. I've sent people cash for useful greasemonkey scripts in the past.

Just let people know that you're much more enthused about making improvements if the extension buys you a nice lunch a few days a week.


It's yours!! If you feel like charging for it, then Charge for it!

What's the worst that could happen? The people who weren't paying for it will decide to not buy it?


Don't do it bro! Chrome webstore is pretty much free right now. Plus...who is really going to buy something from the chrome webstore...

  • That sounds like a catch-22! (But indeed, I have a hard time imagining what I might even consider paying for on the webstore.) – Michael Urman Mar 9 '11 at 15:21

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