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  Shareware Registration Services Comparison
 

Considered for a long time as a selling technique of young software developers, shareware is a software marketing method that starts gaining ground with big companies too. As a software publisher, you probably want to spend your time developing new products Ė you donít want the time and expense of creating and managing an online store. There is a number of registration services in the Net. They offer you a complete solution to sell online your products and services. You can offer your customers secure credit card registrations over the Internet for free. This site is intended as an aid for shareware authors to compare and select the most appropriate shareware registration services.

The list below are the processing and other associated fees for each shareware registration service. Please note that some services have "setup fees", and most may charge the vendor each time a customer requests a refund. Those information was gathered from the website of each shareware registration service, and is believed to be accurate, but be sure to check with the actual service. If any registration service notes an error in any of the information here, please contact me at support@regsw.com and I will be happy to correct it. Likewise, if you know of a service which should be listed but isn't, please contact them and mention this page. I will be happy to add more entries, if given sufficient details to complete the items below.

 

Service / Fee

Setup Fees

Processing Fees

Refund / Chargeback

Avangate $12.5 a) 4.9% + $2.50

b) 8%, $2.50 minimum

keep the commission charged
BMT Micro None a) WebSeller Standard: 9.5%, $1.25 minimum
b) WebSeller Plus: 8%~15%, $1.25 minimum
c) Comprehensive: 20%, No minimum. see Appendix I
7%, no fees for Comprehensive Tier
Digi-Buy $19.95

sign-ups from RegNow

a) 13.9%, $3.00 minimum for current clients

b) 6.9% + $1.00 for news

$2.00
Digital Candle None 10%, no minimum None
EC Suite None A) 4.9% + $1 None
Emetrix None 8.9%, $0.89 minimum None
eSellerate None 10% ~ 15%, $0.5 minimum. see Appendix II None
Qwerks None 15%, $2.25 minimum None
iPortis None 6.5% of transaction total (excluding taxes) + $0.50 None
Kagi None 2.5% + $1.00 for products $20 and under
2.5% + $2.00 for products $25.01 - $100
2.5% + $5.00 for products $100 and over
$25 fee for chargebacks. No fees for refunds
NorthStar Solutions None 4% + $2.00 None
Order1.net None 15% None
Osolis None 8% + $0.60, see Appendix III Refunds: original fee retained
Chargebacks: original fee refunded
Plimus None 4.5% ~ 15%, $0.75 minimum. see Appendix IV Keep their processing fee
RegNet None 10% + $3.00 for products over $20

20% for products $20 or less

None
RegNow $19.95 a) 6.9% + $1.00, $2.00 minimum

b) 16%, $2.00 minimum

Regnow will keep their original retail margin.
RegSoft $9.95 a) 8.9% for products over $30

b) $3.00 for products $30 or less

Chargeback and refund bank fees will be absorbed by RegSoft
ShareIt None a) 5% + $2.95

b) 14.9%, $2.50 minimum

None
SWREG None 2.9% + $1, $1.50 minimum. see Appendix V Retain all commissions.
Virtually-Free.com None 15%, £10 minimum None

Notes:
All fees are in US Dollars


Appendix I: BMT Micro Fee
http://www.bmtmicro.com/
Setup fees: None
Processing fees:

Registration type

BMT Micro Fee

WebSeller Standard 9.5%, $1.25 minimum
WebSeller Plus $0.00-$40.00        15% ($1.25 minimum)
$40.01-$90.00      13%
$90.01-$200.00    9.5%
$200.01+                8%
Comprehensive 20%, no minimum


Refund fees: None

Appendix II: eSellerate Fee
http://www.eSellerate.com/
Setup fees: None
Processing fees:

Aggregate Sales eSellerate Fee
$0 - $15,000 10%
$15,000 - $50,000 15%
$50,000 - $100,000 14%
$100,000 - $500,000 13%
$500,000 - $1,000,000 12%
$1,000,000 - $5,000,000 11%
$5,000,000 and above 10%

Refund fees: None

Appendix III: Osolis Fee
http://www.osolis.com/
Setup fees: None
Processing fees:

Registration type

OSoLiS Fee

Regular US$ 0.75 + 10% per license
Non-copy-protected,
upgrade, cross-grade
US$ 0.60 + 8% per license
Affiliate payment US$ 0.25 per license
License only 1% of nominal sale price, maximum US$ 0.60
Freeware license NONE!


Refund fees:
Refunds: original fee retained
Chargebacks: original fee refunded

 

Appendix IV: Plimus Fee
http://www.plimus.com/
Setup fees: None
Processing fees:

Transaction Amount Range (In US Dollars)
Commission Rate
$0 - $4.99 75 cents
$5 - $8.99 15%
$9 - $49.99 10%
$50 - $59.99 9%
$60 - $79.99 8%
$80 - $99.99 7%
$100 - $139.99 6%
$140 - $279.99 5%
$280 and above 4.5%


Refund fees:
It does not cost anything to process a refund. However, in the event of a
refund, Plimus does not refund it's processing fee. As for chargebacks if your
over all chargeback ratio is lower than 0.4% there is no additional chargeback
fee. If your chargeback ratio is higher than 0.4% there is a fee of $ 15.00
per chargeback.

Appendix V: SWREG Fee
http://www.swreg.org/
Setup fees: None
Processing fees:
a) 2.9% + $1.00, $1.50 minimum, 2% surcharge for Amex.
b) 15% (2% surcharge for Amex) no monthly fee
c) Micro-payments: $0.69 per transaction, (+2% for Amex. Subject to $20 a month account fee.
Refund fees:
 
Refunds Amex/JCB Retain all commissions
Other cards & PayPal Retain all commissions
Chargeback Keep their commission plus $5 fee if not prior retrieval received (Most bank owned merchant accounts charge $15-$25 for these.)
 

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