Are indie hackers moving to Apple for payments?

For the past year or so I've quietly been collecting RSS feeds from indie hackers. Now it is time for me to actually make a habit out of using it to help people become more "indiependent". 🎉

If you missed it, Apple recently reduced the App Store fees from 30% to 15% for small businesses. (Was this directly related to DHH's Twitter rants? Quite possibly. 🤷🏻‍♀️)

I think this is actually changing how indie hackers are selling their apps.

I came across this blog post by an indie hacker yesterday, Tyler Young from Unbound. He decided Apple's cut was enough of a pull for him to move away from Paddle.

In other words, he completely stopped selling his app through his website:

With the announcement of the App Store Small Business Program, I’ve stopped selling Unbound directly via the web site. I thought it would be worth explaining how I came to that decision.The original motivation for selling the app directly was simple: Apple took a 30% cut of sales, whereas Paddle, the payment processor & authentication tool I was using to sell directly only took [not-publicly-disclosed-but-substantially-less-than–30]%. With the drop in Mac App Store fees, that gap has shrunk considerably… to the point that it’s no longer worth keeping Paddle around.

He goes on to cite his reasons:

  1. Direct sales are a worse experience for customers
  2. Direct sales increase the overhead of each release
  3. Direct sales are a security and privacy liability

Summarizing it basically as:

It’s just not worth it anymore.

The reality for many indie hackers is that dealing with finances, tax and support are a huge burden not worth stressing about.

I wonder if there are there any other indie hackers here making the move? Or not?

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