Amazon Flexible Payments Service is the first payments service designed for developers. This set of web service APIs differs from other Amazon Payments products (such as Amazon Simple Pay and Checkout by Amazon) because it allows the development of highly customized payment solutions for a variety of businesses. The foundation of Amazon FPS is Amazon's reliable and scalable payments infrastructure. The service provides a convenient way for the tens of millions of Amazon customers to use their current account information to pay for items using Amazon Payments.
Because Amazon FPS is an extensive service, we've divided the functionality into the following five Quick Start implementations:
Amazon FPS Basic Quick Start—For single payments
Enable payments for e-commerce, digital content, donations, services or other one-time use cases. This includes the flexibility to charge consumers immediately when the order is fulfilled, or later when they return to the web site after confirming the payment. Amazon FPS supports multiple payment methods (e.g., credit cards, bank accounts, or Amazon Payments account balances). For more information, go to the Amazon Flexible Payments Service Basic Developer Guide.
Amazon FPS Marketplace Quick Start—For three-party marketplace payments
Lets you as a third-party developer charge a fee to facilitate payments between buyers and sellers. For more information, go to the Amazon Flexible Payments Service Marketplace Developer Guide.
Amazon FPS Advanced Quick Start—For multiple or recurring payments
Lets you handle payments for subscriptions, and situations where you charge a buyer more than once based on the buyer's initial authorization. For more information, go to the Amazon Flexible Payments Service Advanced Developer Guide.
Amazon FPS Aggregated Payments Quick Start—For aggregated micro-transactions
Let's you aggregate micro-transactions into a single, larger transaction using Prepaid and Postpaid capabilities. For more information, go to the Amazon Flexible Payments Service Aggregated Payments Developer Guide.
Amazon FPS Account Management Quick Start—For programmatic access to account activity
Alternatively, you can view account activity and balances on the Amazon Payments web site (at http://payments.amazon.com). For more information, go to the Amazon Flexible Payments Service Account Management Developer Guide.
This guide gets you started using the Amazon FPS Basic Quick Start implementation. There's not a separate Getting Started Guide for each of the Quick Start implementations. However, you can apply the basic concepts and code from this guide to any of the other Quick Start implementations. For more information about use cases for each implementation, see Which Parts of Amazon FPS Should You Use?.