I always knew that Apple has commission from paid apps, but I only just found out this applies to inapp purchases as well. Due to this, many apps raise the price of their inapp purchases on appstore so that they do not lose revenue when compared with other platforms where they sell these services. This obviously worries me as I do not want to spend more money than I have to and I want to know, when does the commission apply so I can try to avoid it as much as I can.
Examples of this:
YouTube premium - costs 13$/month on iPhone, but 10$/month everywhere else - 30% extra Twitch Subs - cost 6$/month on iPhone, 5$/month everywhere else - 20% extra Spotify premium - costs 7.3€/month on iPhone, but 6€/month everywhere else - over 21% extra
I do not know any other examples than this, but I am sure there are many, because not everyone is willing to take a 30% revenue cut.
My questions are:
- Does this apply on shopping apps like Aliexpress, eBay, Wish or not?
- Where else does this apply?
- What should I avoid paying for through an iOS app and rather pay for through my PC?
I mean I pay monthly for many things. If I slapped an extra 20% on only half of them, I would be paying quite a bit extra! Say you pay for YouTube premium, 2 Twitch Subs and a Spotify Premium, which would total to 20$ and 6€ (about 27.5$ total) per month, but through iPhone it would cost me 25$ and 7.3€ (about 34$) per month, which is almost 7 dollars per month, I mean thats almost enough for another membership somewhere.