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Payouts and Finance

RapidAPI's processes on payouts to API providers and invoicing

When a developer subscribes to a pricing plan for your API on RapidAPI or incurs an overage, you as an API provider, will receive a payout after RapidAPI processes a final payment from the developer.

RapidAPI's Marketplace Fee

RapidAPI takes a flat 20% marketplace fee on all payments made through the marketplace. For example, if you price an API subscription plan at $10, you will receive $8 from RapidAPI if a developer purchases your plan. This marketplace fee covers payment processing, site infrastructure, and administrative fees. This marketplace fee does not cover the fees associated with payouts processed through PayPal.

How payouts work

A developer's credit card is charged after one of three instances:

  1. A developer subscribes to an API's pricing plan for the first time
  1. A developer is billed recurringly every month for their API plan subscription
  1. A developer incurs an overage on an API

After this charge occurs, RapidAPI has a thirty day period in which to collect the payment. After the thirty day period occurs, RapidAPI will issue the payment (with the marketplace fee removed) via PayPal to the provider. In this example, if a developer subscribes to your API's PRO plan on January 1st, 2017 for $10.00, you will receive $8.00 sometime in early February.

Currently, RapidAPI processes payments individually. For example, if your API receives three subscribers on different days in March, you will receive three separate payments throughout April. If the payment amount is less than $2.00, you may receive it paired with another payment.

Monthly lump sum payments

If your API generates over $10,000 monthly, you are eligible to receive your payments in a lump sum on a monthly basis via wire transfer. Contact support@rapidapi.com if this is how you would refer to receive payments.

Adding your PayPal account information

RapidAPI currently only pays out API providers via PayPal. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate other pay out methods. Each payout on PayPal will include the name of the user, the name of the API plan the user has subscribed to, and the name of the API marketplace.

Here's how to add your PayPal information to the system:

  1. Log in to Mashape and visit your Account Settingspage.

  2. Click the "Payment Preferences" tab and add your PayPal email address.

You can change your PayPal email address from this location at any time.

Adding a PayPal email address

If you do not add a PayPal address to your account, there is unfortunately no way for us to send you money! We will attempt to email you at least three times to add an email if a payment is generated and no address is found (or the address is invalid). Please be sure to fill out this information and keep it up to date so that we can send your payments.

Forgiveness, disputes, and failed payments

Very occasionally, there will be an issue where a developer fails to make a payment for their API usage. These tend to fall into four categories:

  1. Forgiveness request
  1. Disputes and Chargebacks
  1. Failed payments
  1. RapidAPI error

Forgiveness request

RapidAPI alerts users via email when they reach their quota limits. On occasion, a developer may have a bug in the system or inadvertently generate large overages. In these instances, he or she may reach out to us or you (the API provider) to ask for the overage fee to be waived. We do not refund any overage without your explicit permission. We leave these instances to your discretion as an API provider and fellow developer.

Disputes and Chargebacks

RapidAPI incorporates an industry-standard credit card verification and anti-fraud solution to prevent fraudulent charges. In rare instances, a user may dispute a charge or initiate a chargeback. RapidAPI will then conduct a full investigation and aim to achieve resolution by working with the user and you, the API provider. If a refund is issued or a chargeback occurs, RapidAPI will offset the amount paid to you by the refunded amount. If you have suspicions of fraudulent behavior from one of your users, please contact support@rapidapi.com and we will investigate.

Failed payments

RapidAPI makes several attempts to collect a payment before failing and cancelling a user's subscription. We are diligent in communicating with developers that have failed payments on an outstanding balance to come to a resolution. RapidAPI will make payouts to the API provider only when RapidAPI has received final payments from or on behalf of the user. A final payment is deemed to have occurred when the applicable credit card company or bank has fully settled the payment.

RapidAPI error

If you think there is a processing error on our side, reach out to support@rapidapi.com and we will investigate the issue and come to a fair resolution.

Blocking from use

If you detect abuse, you can block a developer from accessing your API using the Mashape dashboard. An email notification will be sent to the developer. RapidAPI may block a user in case of a violation of our terms of use.

Temporary suspension

If we notice suspicious activity or high overages from new developers, we may temporarily block the developer to further investigate.

Invoices and custom documents

We can generate custom invoices for you or your developers per request (see the Invoices section). W9 forms are also available upon request to support@rapidapi.com.

Payouts and Finance

RapidAPI's processes on payouts to API providers and invoicing