The cost sounds like something they may add once plugins are out of testing phase. Maybe also in future plugins that would require less powerful models hopefully maybe will be able to use them. But maybe plugins with be a GPT 4 thing only.
It’s possible the usage is free, but I currently don’t have an easy way of testing as I’m not in the limited alpha. I’ve noticed a few endpoints that are free, such as Edit and Moderation operations.
If anyone has sample usage they can share from their dashboard with the Plugins, that would also help me answer this question. If you have the usage, I’d need to see your total token usage and the cost for that day.
As far as I can tell, it seems like it is free for right now. This is part of the ChatGPT plus service, so that kind of makes sense. Most consumers don’t want to have to worry about paying for API calls, they want a more simplified billing. Perhaps they might offer x number of plugins/integrations for a specific tier of ChatGPT? Or they might rate limit how much you can use the plugins, like they do with the GPT-4 model and ChatGPT.
They may charge the people making the plugins, but I haven’t seen any mention of that so far. I think it is more likely that plugins with simply be a bonus feature that paying customers get access to, in order to entice more people to sign up for a paid version of ChatGPT (or higher tier paid version of ChatGPT).
Right now chatGPT costs my flat $20/mo chatGPT plus subscription.
Calls from chatGPT TO my plugin don’t cost anything. However, when my plugin internally calls the openAI api to do some text processing, I get charged the normal api fees. most of my plugin internal calls are to gpt-3.5-turbo, so since the plugin is (at the moment) limited to use by me only, the cost is usually only a few cents a day.
but again, that’s my plugin’s use of the api, not the result of simply running a plugin.