Would You Pay For Firefox Extensions?

Firefox ContributionsFirefox is the happy result of untold hours of unpaid effort by the Mozilla community. But Mozilla is announcing a pilot program called Firefox Add-On Contributions, with the aim of helping Firefox extension developers make a buck from their hard work. It’s a platform for requesting and receiving payments for extensions, with PayPal handling the exchange of money. It is, of course, optional.

I kind of like the idea–I try to pay for the shareware I use, and the iPhone App Store has shown the power of selling a lot of copies of something small and useful for just a little money. (I’m assuming that the contribution price for a typical Firefox add-on isn’t going to be more than a few dollars.)

So if you’re asked to chip in for extensions you use and like…will you?


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  1. Mark Zip July 16, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    AdBlock Plus, NoScript and Firebug – Yes, probably. Of these, I think only NoScript takes donations at the moment. Others would have to have a long track record of stability and updates before they would get support. So, in a pay-for-play world, how would extensions get that track record?

  2. Dave Barnes July 16, 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    AdBlock Plus – you betcha. $10 USD per year. Easily worth it.
    Web Developer Toolbar – yes. $5/yr.

    I only use those two. They are worth money. Your mileage may vary.

    1Password is also (sort of) an add-on, but I already pay for that.

  3. JustCallMeBen July 17, 2009 at 12:15 am #

    I wouldn’t. Making my favorite extensions no longer free would drive me away from Fx. atm extensions are the only thing keeping me away from chrome or safari.

  4. Marc July 17, 2009 at 5:23 am #

    I did without extensions for 12 years… I’m sure I can do it again. I’d never pay for a browser extension.

    In fact if I was required to pay, it would be a good excuse to move back to IE, or to Chrome.

    Kind of ironic paying for AdBlock plus! I’d rather go back to seeing adverts. I don’t use NoScript after the “AdBlock” fiasco a few months back. The only other extension I use is Glasser which gives Firefox a glass effect on Vista – again not worth paying for (but makes Firefox look really nice)


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