Google Maps pricing themselves out of the neighborhood?

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StreetEasy found the new cost of Google Maps, $200,000 to $300,000 per year, way too high, moving to open source alternative.

In "Good bye, Google Maps...thanks for all the fish," StreetEasy Chief Resident Geek Sebastian Delmont outlined how Google's price increase isn't supportable, and his search for a new map provider. Google warned developers back in October (Developers: Your Google Maps API Free Riding Days Are Over) about the upcoming charges, but the reality was more expensive than anticipated.

Delmont doesn't begrudge paying for maps, because that's a necessary business expense. But he does say "someone at Google got their pricing wrong by an order of magnitude." Prices too far above the market just drive companies to open source solutions, the path StreetEasy and Delmont took. That cost is developer time and donating back to the community, not hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Google getting greedy

When those prices were announced, I was really expecting that they were just for show, and really everybody would end up paying way less than list price. It's bizarre that this isn't happening.

jsnell on

I've read enough to get the uneasy feeling that the "bean counters" are now in control at Google

Afreal Ortiz on

Charging for the service isn't bad, but what they are charging is a problem: $4-8/1,000 pages above the 25,000/day limit. That far outstrips what a lot of people can monetize at.

eas on

Kudos to Delmont

Great post, thanks for sharing the obstacles you and the team faced.

Andres Robalino on

This thread got me wondering, one of the points in the article is "why pay to have sites that look the same as the rest"

gcb on


Non-Profit sites are not subject to the usage limits or pricing,

Thor Mitchell on

The most telling part of this experience was the discovery of how good open source mapping has become lately.

jroseseattle on

I've been using a lot over the past few weeks. Sometimes I get maps, and sometimes I get the Open ones. I always think that the Google ones look and function much better.

nodogbite on

Google maps is deceptively simple, in that the javascript library and tiling is a relatively solved problem. Google has the best datasets, and the best large-data know-how in the business, so outsourcing things like an up-to-date transit location and route database is built into that seemingly large cost.

ubercore on

Wonder if Zynga should start a MapWars game modeled after MafiaWars?

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