$1000 App Gets Purchased by 8 People
If you have been keeping up with the news, or happen to witness the $999.99 app in the iTunes App Store, then you may know about Apple pulling it a day after it was released. Although the release of the app sparks some questions on Apple’s behalf, what is even more troubling is that 8 people actually purchased this app.
Dubbed “I Am Rich,” this app simply displayed a a red jewel on your iPhone screen. Nothing more, nothing less. But if you happen to glance a little to the right of the “I Am Rich” info screen, you would notice the $999.99 price tag. Ouch!
I wouldn’t have expected for anyone to purchase this app, but I was overwhelmed by the 8 individuals that purchased the app - accidently of course.
One gentleman explains that he was simply clicking the “buy” button to see if it was some kind of practicle joke. He found out otherwise when he noticed the $1000 charge on his credit card and promptly posted the review in the App Store:
THIS IS NO JOKE. “DO NOT BUY THIS APP AND APPLE PLEASE REMOVE THIS FROM THE APP STORE…APPLE MUST MUST MUST START TO SCREEN THESE FAKE APPS AND RIDICULOUS SCAMS.”
Even more disturbing is the fact that 7 other people followed his lead for reasons unknown. Six people from the US, one in Germany and one in France each purchased the app, all in the first 24 hours it was available on the App Store.
Armin Heinrich, it’s developer, still believes that he did nothing wrong.
“I have no idea why they did it and am not aware of any violation of the rules to sell software on the App Store,” Heinrich said in an e-mail.
“I am sure a lot more people would like to buy it—but currently can’t do so,” Heinrich said. “The App is a work of Art and included a ‘secret mantra’—that’s all.”
A secret mantra and to look at a red jewel is not worth $999.99. For that, you could buy an actual jewel, probably a few of them. Most people are calling it a scam because it is tough to see the decimal place sometimes, so one might mistake it for $9.99 or .99 and that was clearly intentional on the developers part.
What do you think?
Via: LA Times
“and that was clearly intentional on the developers part”
Uhhh… what? Why would you say that? I don’t think he did anything wrong. And how could one mistake it for .99 if the number had 5 digits? As far as I know… we haven’t crossed over into the thousanths-of-a-penny yet.
Don’t blame the developer. If it’s that easy to buy an app, there are only two people to blame:
1) Apple for having such a crappy process
2) The idiots who buy the app
But come to think of it… that simple lone-image viewer could cost these 8 guys a fortune if they put it up in eBay. Rare stuff?
I mean now that the entire blogging world has turned their heads to this silly app, don’t you think having that original “rare item” could at least cost sumthin?
One of those “idiots” (as you call him) that bought it was a very elder lady.
What if *YOUR* mother mistaken got a credit card bill for $1000 for something that didn’t do anything.
Would you help he get her money back… or just (also) call HER an ‘idiot’ and slam down the phone?
100% of the people that bought it… said they wanted their money back. Is that how you tell what a great piece of software is must be?
It was fraud… pure and simple. Ask any judge that regular jails con-men.