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General Information

Amazon Flexible Payments Service TM is the first payments service designed from the ground up specifically for developers. Offered by Amazon Web Services, this set of APIs allows the movement of money between any two entities, humans or computers, using Amazon Payments. It is built on top of Amazon's reliable and scalable payments infrastructure.

Currencies

USD and other

Countries of use

all

Users

all

Fees

There is no minimum fee and no start-up charges to use Amazon FPS. In addition, you can use the Amazon FPS Sandbox for free. Fees are assessed on a per-transaction basis and vary depending on the payment method used and the transaction amount:

  • 1.5% + $0.01 for Amazon Payments balance transfers.
  • 2.0% + $0.05 for bank account debits.
  • 2.9% + $0.30 for credit card for transactions above $10 and 5%+$0.05 for credit card for transactions below $10.

 

Different fees apply for transaction amounts less than $0.05. Learn more about micro-transaction pricing and how you can qualify for volume discounts.

 

Note: This fee schedule is for payments by US customers only. For an additional charge of 1% of the transaction amount, non-US customers can make payments using credit cards (but not using Amazon Payments balance transfers or bank accounts at this time).

 

(Payment processing services for Amazon FPS are sold by Amazon Payments, Inc.)

Integration approaches

Easiest Way to Charge Amazon Customers Amazon FPS enables tens of millions of existing Amazon customers to transact on your application with little friction, simply using the same accounts and payment instruments that they use for purchases on Amazon.com - without having to re-enter information.

Information for developers

Amazon Flexible Payments Service™ (Amazon FPS) is the first payments service designed from the ground up for developers. It is built on top of Amazon’s reliable and scalable payments infrastructure and provides developers with a convenient way to charge Amazon’s tens of millions of customers (with their permission, of course!). Amazon customers can pay using the same login credentials, shipping address and payment information they already have on file with Amazon.   With Amazon FPS, developers can accept payments on their website for selling goods or services, raise donations, execute recurring payments, and send payments.   Amazon FPS offers developers unmatched flexibility in how they can structure payment instructions, including standing instructions that can remain in place for multiple transactions. These instructions impose conditions and constraints on money movements and can be set by both senders and receivers of funds. For example, a sender might set a spending limit per week for a particular named recipient. Only that named recipient would be able to withdraw funds and only up to an amount per week equal to the spending limit.   Amazon FPS offers easy-to-integrate, lightweight APIs that are categorized by use cases into interoperable packages called Quick Starts. With enhanced documentation, SDKs and sample code, it will now be faster and more convenient to enable payments on your application.   Amazon FPS Functionality   With Amazon FPS, you can build innovative payment applications with a new level of flexibility in how you execute payments. Amazon FPS supports the processing of payments using credit cards, bank accounts and Amazon Payments account balances to send or receive money.   Amazon FPS Quick Starts are simplified API sets which enable even easier implementation of common payment transaction types such as one time payments, recurring payments and pre-payments. Amazon FPS Quick Starts enable you to:       * Accept one time payments on your website for selling physical goods, digital content, and services using Basic Quick Start.       * Execute periodic or delayed payment features required by subscription and usage-based services such as digital music and online storage using Advanced Quick Start.       * Facilitate transactions between a buyer and a third party seller, take a cut of the transaction, and have control over who pays the transaction processing fees with Marketplace Quick Start.       * Aggregate multiple payments, including micropayments , into a single, larger transaction and charge the customer before or after the service is provided with Aggregated Payments Quick Start.       * Programmatically access account activity using Account Management Quick Start. Alternatively, account activity and balances can be viewed on the Amazon Payments website.   Amazon FPS also offers a feature called Payment Instructions to set conditions or constraints on a transaction. Quick Starts simplify the complexity of setting Payment Instructions for senders and recipients via a set of user interface pipelines. These interfaces enable Payment Instructions to be set across a range of parameters which allow Quick Starts to support most use cases. Alternatively, our Comprehensive API Set can be used to support applications that need access to a more granular set of payment APIs. Developers can use these lower-level APIs to create even more unique Payment Instructions, virtually without limitation, on the types of rules or conditions associated with a given transaction.   Developers can utilize the Amazon FPS Sandbox to build and test applications without using real money or incurring any transaction charges. Sign-up for the Amazon FPS Sandbox to get started now.   Key Benefits to Developers   Easiest Way to Charge Amazon Customers: Amazon FPS enables tens of millions of existing Amazon customers to transact online with little friction, simply using the same accounts and payment methods that they use for purchases on Amazon.com - without having to re-enter information.   Increased Conversion: Amazon’s trusted payment experience, A-to-z Guarantee, and the ease with which tens of millions of Amazon customers can pay on a website will help optimize conversion on the website.   Flexibility: Amazon FPS takes a traditionally limited and inflexible payments process and allows developers to expose individual payment conditions that enable payments to be processed in virtually any imaginable way. This ultimately results in a better end-user experience, as well as innovative new business models. Amazon FPS uses a feature called Payment Instructions to provide this flexibility to developers.   Every FPS transaction has a sender (party making payments), a recipient (party receiving payments), and a caller (party making the API calls to Amazon FPS). Callers are the same as recipients if the developer is the party receiving funds. Each party to a transaction might want the flexibility to place conditions or rules around that transaction referred to as Payment Instructions. Examples of possible Payment Instructions include:       * Transaction Amount: Specify minimum, maximum, range, or specific amount for a certain payment.       * Transaction Date: Configure a payment transaction to be executed at a specific time (e.g. specific day, weekly, monthly, or date range).       * Spending Limit: Set daily, weekly or monthly limits on the number of transactions or total amount spent, to control spending on your application.       * Recipient List: Specify recipients who are authorized to access and receive funds.       * Payment Method: Specify the payment methods (credit card, bank account debit, balance transfer) you want to accept through your application.       * Fees: Control which party pays the Amazon FPS transaction fees.   Inexpensive: Amazon FPS passes on to you the benefits of lower processing costs on bank account debits and Amazon Payments balance transfers. Amazon FPS charges less when the actual cost to process a payment is lower, rather than charging the same fixed fee for all payment methods. There is no up-front investment or monthly payment for running an application using the service. In addition, you can build and test an application for free using the Amazon FPS sandbox.   Lower Cost with Amazon’s Proven Fraud Detection: Amazon FPS leverages Amazon's proven fraud detection capabilities, chargeback controls, and risk management processes to reduce bad debt.   Reliable and Secure Payments Platform: Amazon has spent over a decade developing, testing, and operating a reliable, scalable and secure payments infrastructure to support millions of daily transactions. Amazon FPS exposes this robust infrastructure to you and your customers.   Key Benefits to Consumers   Convenience: Consumers can use information from their Amazon.com account to complete payments on a website without having to re-enter their shipping address or payment information.   Trusted Payment Experience: The secure and trusted payment experience consumers enjoy on Amazon.com is now available on your website.   Purchase Protection for Consumers: Consumers will feel more confident purchasing, knowing that they have the same protection under the Amazon A-to-z Guarantee that they have when they shop on Amazon.com.

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