We introduced paid plugins, built by the community, about 6 months ago. A few users asked for the ability to be able to buy a perpetual license by paying once, instead of subscribing to a plugin on a monthly basis. While we still see a lot of value in a subscription model, as it aligns incentives between the plugin builder and the plugin users, we decided to offer the option to plugin builders to offer both models. Here is how it works in practice.
Plugins are subscribed or acquired on a per-app basis. When acquired the license is perpetual for the given app, when subscribed the license is valid as long as the subscription is paid for.
Plugin builders can choose one of the three options when selling a plugin
a. subscription model, by specifying a monthly price
b. a one-time payment model, by specifying a one-time fee.
c. both models, and let users pick what they want.
When a plugin is subscribed, the fee is added to the monthly bill (or yearly if the user is on a yearly plan), and the amount is prorated. If you subscribe to a plugin for one day you’ll end up being charged for this plugin fee / 31. The regular app subscription invoice will show the detail.
When a plugin is acquired, a one-time transaction will happen on the card paying for app, and you’ll get a perpetual license for this app. A separate invoice will be emailed to you.
All these settings can be picked once a premium plugin is approved, in the Publish tab.