AWS Marketplace
User Guide for AWS Marketplace Subscribers

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Private Offers

The AWS Marketplace seller private offer feature enables you to receive product pricing from a vendor that isn't publicly available. You negotiate pricing and terms with the seller, and the seller creates a private offer for the AWS account that you designate. You accept the private offer and start receiving the negotiated price and terms of use.

Each private offer has pricing and licensing terms specifically offered to your account. The seller of the product extends a private offer to you, and the offer has a set expiration date. If you don't accept the private offer by the expiration date, depending on the type of product the private offer is for, you're either automatically moved to the product's public offer or no longer subscribed to the product.

If you're using the consolidated billing feature in AWS Organizations, we recommend that the account that you designate is your master account. However, private offers can be made to member accounts, and any member account can accept an offer to their account or to the master account. For more information on consolidated billing, see Consolidated Billing for Organizations in the AWS Billing and Cost Management User Guide. The following are key points to remember as you start using your private offers.

  • There is no difference in the software product you purchase using a private offer. The software that you purchase using a private offer behaves the same as it would if you purchased the software without a private offer.

  • Products subscriptions you purchase with a private offer show up like any other AWS Marketplace product in your monthly bill. You can use detailed billing to view your usage for each of your AWS Marketplace-purchased products. Each of your private offers has a line item corresponding to each kind of usage.

  • Subscribing to a private offer doesn't require launching a new instance of the software. Accepting the private offer modifies the price to correspond to your private offer price. If a product offers 1-click launch, you can deploy a new instance of the software. If a product defaults to 1-click launch, you can accept a private offer without launching a new instance. To launch without deploying a new instance, choose Manual Launch on the fulfillment page. You can use the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud console to deploy additional instances, just as you would for other AWS Marketplace products.

  • When a seller extends a private offer to you, you receive confirmation on the account the seller included in a private offer. Private offers are linked to the specific software buyer's account listed. The software seller creates the private offer for the account that you specify. Each private offer can be made to up to 25 accounts.

  • You can review all of your annual subscriptions in AWS Marketplace under Your Software. If an annual subscription is purchased by one account using AWS Organizations for consolidated billing, it is shared across the entire linked account family. If the purchasing account doesn't have any running instances, the annual subscription is counted toward the usage in another linked account running that software. For more information about annual subscriptions, see AMI Subscriptions.

  • When a private offer expires, you can't subscribe to it. However, you can contact the product vendor and ask them to create a new private offer for you. The product vendor also has the option of authorizing AWS Marketplace to extend the offer. If you're interested in trying to get the expiration date extended, contact .

  • If you participate in the AWS Enterprise Discount program, your discount doesn't apply to AWS Marketplace charges. Private offers are invoiced based on your agreement with the product vendor and appear on the AWS Billing and Cost Management console by the third day of the following month. We consolidate and apply any discounts and send you an enterprise discount program summary bill.

  • AWS Marketplace doesn't provide financing services for private offers.

Product Types Eligible for Private Offers

You can get private offers for the following product types.

Offer Type Description

SaaS contract

With a SaaS contract, you can commit to upfront payment for your expected usage of a SaaS product, or negotiate a flexible payment schedule with the independent software vendor (ISV). Contract durations are one-month, one-year, two-year, or three-year terms. If you commit to an upfront payment, you are billed in advance for the use of the product software. If the ISV offers a flexible payment schedule, you are billed along the payment schedule dates at the amounts listed on the private offer.

SaaS contract with a flexible payment schedule

Same as a SaaS contract, but with a custom payment schedule where payments can be spread over up to three years.

SaaS contract with pay-as-you-go pricing for additional usage

Same as a SaaS contract, but with negotiated pricing for usage beyond what you negotiated in your contract.

SaaS subscription

With a SaaS subscription, you agree to a price for use of a product. The independent software vendor (ISV) tracks and reports your usage to AWS Marketplace, and you're billed for what you use.

AMI hourly

With AMI hourly, you negotiate an hourly rate for using an AMI, rounded up to the nearest hour.

AMI annual

With AMI annual, you negotiate the hourly and total contract duration prices with upfront payment, or flexible payment schedule over any custom contract duration of up to three years, and specified number of licenses for the AMI. If you commit to an upfront payment, you are billed in advance for the use of the AMI. If the ISV offers a flexible payment schedule, you are billed along the payment schedule dates at the amounts listed on the private offer.

AMI Bring Your Own License model (BYOL)

With AMI BYOL, you can negotiate a price for using an AMI and use software licenses that you already own. This type of private offer requires that you work with the ISV or a channel partner to sign a custom transaction request (CTF) form to agree to pricing, terms, and payment schedule. The form allows AWS Marketplace to subscribe to the BYOL AMI product on your behalf.

Preparing to Accept a Private Offer

A typical private offer is negotiated for the duration of 1 year, and you pay the entire amount of the offer when you accept it. Before you accept a private offer, verify the billing structure for your company, your method of payment for AWS billing, and your tax settings.

Verifying Your AWS Billing and Cost Management Preferences

Billing and Cost Management is the service that you use to pay your AWS bill, monitor your usage, and budget your costs. You can use the consolidated billing feature in AWS Organizations to consolidate billing and payment for multiple accounts or multiple Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd (AISPL) accounts. Every organization in AWS Organizations has a master account that pays the charges of all the member accounts. The master account is called a payer account, and the member account is called a linked account. Before negotiating a private offer, verify how your company pays their AWS bill and which account the private offer is made to.

Verifying Your Payment Method

Before accepting a private offer, verify that your payment method supports paying the entire cost of the private offer. To verify your payment method, open the Billing and Cost Management console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/billing/.

Note

If the private offer is a SaaS contract with a flexible payment schedule, you must have invoicing in place before you accept the offer.

Verifying Your Tax Settings

If your company qualifies for a tax exemption, verify your tax settings. To view or modify your tax settings, sign in to the AWS Management Console and, in your account settings, view the tax settings. For more information on tax registration, see How do I add or update my tax registration number or business legal address for my AWS account?.

Viewing and Subscribing to a Private Offer

The steps required to accept a private offer vary, depending on the product type, delivery method, and payment schedule of your private offer. With all private offers, you view and accept the offer by logging in to AWS Marketplace and navigating to the offer page for the product. To view the offer page, you can either:

  • Use the link the seller provided – The seller might have sent you a link that takes you directly to the private offer. If so, use that link to directly access the private offer.

  • Navigate to the product page – Sign in to AWS Marketplace and navigate to the product page for the product. During the subscription process, you see a banner at the top of the page showing the private offer, offer ID, and expiration for the offer. If you have more than one private offer for that product, each offer appears under Offer name.