Web Stuff How much are you willing to pay for an addon?


Code Monkey
Staff member
Mar 20, 2004
First, let me clarify, no, I'm not asking for my personal research as I have vowed to never get back into the game of selling addons ever again! :P

Lately there has been some grumbling about how paid addons there are for XenForo and how much they are. Typically I don't pay attention to the grumblings because if I think something is useful, or is something I really want to play around with on my test install to check out, I'll pay the price.

To give an example of an add-on that being deemed as too expensive is Rock, Paper, Scissors. Yes, the game that people play with their hands. When it was first released it was listed at $50 USD. It appears to be a well done add-on with a lot of options but, at the end of the day, it is $50 USD for a single-function game. Within a few hours of releasing it the developer dropped the price to $35 USD.

Just how much are you willing to pay for addon? Do you have a rule of thumb, like no more than X percent of the cost of the forum purchase price, or no more than X amount of dollars? What's the most you've ever paid for an addon?


Sep 15, 2010
Taigh an Droma
My first thought when I saw Rock, Paper, Scissor was that $50 was too expensive, don't get me wrong it looks like a quality release and the author has released some very good addons. I didn't know it had been reduced, I've not revisited the resource.

This week I finally took the plunge and bought sonnb's gallery addon - I think that is money well spent. And a few weeks ago I bought both Stocktrader and Sportsbook and I'm considering Showcase but I'm not sure I have any real use for it yet. Another good purchase was Snog's TMDb Movie Thread Starter addon - again money well spent but I don't think I would pay $20 for another of Snog's releases Style Statistics.

In the past on vBulletin I spent a lot of money on DBT addons and things like vBSEO - I even remember spending "quite a lot" on a blog called vBlogetin or something silly like that for vB3.x - it wasn't in development for very long before the coder abandoned the project.

I don't know what my limit would be, it depends on how good the addon is, the author's reputation - future development and support and how much my member's would use it.

I'm not sure what my most expensive purchase has been - probably something by DBT or possibly vBTube but I probably wouldn't spend more than $80 on anything no matter how good it was (which is probably quite a low price compared to what some people would spend for custom made addons).
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