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you wont believe this!

giacomopoppigiacomopoppi Posts: 914Member, PRO
edited November -1 in Introductions
lol XD 2 days ago i lifted up the price (of my game "Trapped!!!") to 109.99$!
today 4 people bought it!!! OMG
that is about 250 euros of profit in one day XD
ive just taken it off the store now incase people complain... ill put it back on in a while!! XD
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  • adadoadado Posts: 219Member
    Uhh, what? That is crazy. That may be a better strategy. Instead of a few sales a day for weeks/months, just put it up at a crazy amount for those handful who are whacked.

    Let us know what happens in terms of user satisfaction, blowback, etc.
  • EastboundEastbound Posts: 1,074Member, BASIC
    As long as you can still rest at night I suppose.
  • giacomopoppigiacomopoppi Posts: 914Member, PRO
    well... i didnt really mean for anyone to buy it because anyways it hasnt sold for a week now... so i just gave it a go thinking that no one would buy it...
    I dont think i will do it again though, as eastbound said, its not very....um.... correct to do so :)
    i must say though that people should check before buying stuff!
  • adadoadado Posts: 219Member
    Of course I was being facetious in my suggestion of doing this but it is very funny/weird nonetheless. I wonder if those people just didn't see/understand the price or what!?

    I'm interested to hear about any blowback from disgruntled users just from a customer satisfaction by way of Apple sort of view (i.e. like app removal, account ban, etc. if any). Knowing how they handle extremes can shed incite into lesser scenarios some may run into unexpectedly/unintentionally/unwittingly.
  • giacomopoppigiacomopoppi Posts: 914Member, PRO
    well, i seriously don't think they would have bought the game if they had actually seen the price... no? :P
    I had seen an article on a person who in 5 days had made about 10000$ doing this!
    it's not very fair though....
  • CrazybreadmanCrazybreadman Posts: 674Member
    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit...
  • beefy_clyrobeefy_clyro Posts: 5,390Member
    at the end of the day, its your app, you should be able to charge what you like for it. You have descriptions and screenshots and if you're still unsure perhaps you should do some research on an app/game. you havent tricked anyone, mislead them or anything, its all there for the buyer to see!
  • adadoadado Posts: 219Member
    @beefy: True. Buyer beware.

    Hopefully Apple has appropriate mechanisms in place and hopefully those purchasing the highly priced app were not little unsupervised kids with no sense of the value of money! :-)
  • giacomopoppigiacomopoppi Posts: 914Member, PRO
    @beefy yeah i agree with you. its not my fault the buyer wasnt bothered to look at the price, they need to be more careful, i think its probably someone wanting to play a joke on a friend spending loads of money on the app store.
    anyway i wont do it again.
  • SlowboySlowboy Posts: 329Member, PRO
    You shouldn't've done it in the first place.
  • UtopianGamesUtopianGames Posts: 5,687Member
    So far we got 1 refund for Tumble Jumble so don't count the money just yet as i think they can get a refund too?

    I was lol when i read this though..sick old me :)

    Darren.
  • synthesissynthesis Posts: 1,693Member
    The downloads were probably companies investigating the app...probably to see why it was that price and what the app was. once they discovered the contents...1 of 2 things happened...

    Either they wrote it off to a prank and/or they reported it to apple.
    Sounds like a good way to get blacklisted by Apple if you ask me...I wouldn't recommend attempting that again.
  • giacomopoppigiacomopoppi Posts: 914Member, PRO
    Im not sure they have yet realised they spent all that money, they havn't yet contacted me!
  • synthesissynthesis Posts: 1,693Member
    They won't contact you...they will report fraudulent behavior to Apple...then Apple will probably return the funds and launch an investigation...and then you will either be warned (if you are lucky) or blacklisted (probably this will happen). Apple will not allow its customer base to be taken advantage of like that...as it shames them for allowing such things to occur. They are known for having zero tolerance for things like this.

    So beware...trouble may be coming your way.
  • adadoadado Posts: 219Member
    @utopian: Was the refund 70% of the sale price (i.e. did they take back what was given to you or more)? I'd assume what was given but wondering if they added any "return" fee penalties to "spur you to greatness/compliance"?
  • butterbeanbutterbean Posts: 4,315Member, PRO
    @ Giacomopoppi

    My recommendation: Don't do this again!

    How would you feel if you were a customer and spent over $100 on an app that clearly isn't that value?

    I know your intention was probably to "test" the system, but there are a surprising amount of people that will buy apps on impulse without giving any thought to the price

    Be careful in the future, and prepare yourself for an email from Apple
  • beefy_clyrobeefy_clyro Posts: 5,390Member
    not sure on why the process is any different in the 1st place, if i go into a shop and mis-read the price its my fault, you've not hidden the price or anything, how does someone have to right to say they dont like it and get their money back? If i go and buy something, dont like it, tough, i would evaluate if i think the product is worth the money. its all their for the purchaser to see for themselves. do agree their are loopholes though, just the way i see this thing
  • synthesissynthesis Posts: 1,693Member
    @Beefy...
    With all due respect...it really doesn't matter what YOU (or I) think...all that matters is what APPLE thinks...and my hunch is...they aren't going to like this at all if they become aware of it.
  • JamesZeppelinJamesZeppelin Posts: 1,927Member
    I leave my account logged in on accident and my son downloads stuff all the time.
    He cant read, probably what happened
  • HunnenkoenigHunnenkoenig Posts: 1,173Member
    If Apple would have problems with prices that high, they simply wouldn't allow it.

    It is your right to price your app as high as you want (and as high as apple allows).

    Who says that I have to sell my app for 99 cent?

    If people are stupid enough not to look at the price just in belief, everything is 99 cent, than it's their fault.

    I don't think, you can be blacklisted for this by Apple.

    People will get a refund without dispute anyway, if they claim it, but I don't think, you have to worry about anything else.

    I wouldn't do this anyway. But theoretically it has nothing to do with fraud or similar.
  • beefy_clyrobeefy_clyro Posts: 5,390Member
    yeh i wouldnt do it personally and i fully expect apple to act upon if reported, its just how i feel about the issue
  • maniraptormaniraptor Posts: 81Member
    Reminds me of Refene & Saltsman's experiment with Zits & Giggles. I think Apple pulled that app recently, but they had similar results as above at ridiculous price points.

    http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/27628/GDC_Refenes__Saltsmans_Baffling_350_App_Store_Success.php
  • ORBZORBZ Posts: 1,303Member
    Apple is going to screw you.
  • design219design219 Posts: 2,273Member
    I agree with Orbz. This will not end well.

    Keep us posted.

    •edit: I hope they refund peoples money and you come out ok.
  • adadoadado Posts: 219Member
    @mani: Linking to their banning for completion of the circle:

    http://supermeatboy.com/3/Express_an_opinion__get_an_app_pulled_/
  • giacomopoppigiacomopoppi Posts: 914Member, PRO
    nothing said yet, apple has not contacted me yet... i dont think they are going to do much about it, i think they may just not pay me the money spent on that app... didn't mean any of this :(
  • HunnenkoenigHunnenkoenig Posts: 1,173Member
    @adado: I completely agree with this guy.

    1. If someone is stupid, he should pay for it
    2. If apple doesn't like high prices, they shouldn't alow them to chose
    3. If "you" are stupid to spend so much money, "you" at least should have a smart mom, who can charge it back for "you"
    4. It is a free market. If you say "it costs 1000", then it's your right to say that and everybody else's right to deny to buy it. Period.

    Facts:

    People are stupid
    People want to be belittled
    People complain when they realize that they are stupid and belittled
    Big companies want people belittle
    Big companies don't like if people realize that they are belittled
    Big companies accuse you and give all idiots right, just so, they don't realize they were belittled

    And the circle closes itself.
  • design219design219 Posts: 2,273Member
    "People want to be belittled"

    —uhmmm. No.
  • giacomopoppigiacomopoppi Posts: 914Member, PRO
    @Hunnenkoenig completely agree with you!
  • design219design219 Posts: 2,273Member
    Look, here's the thing. What you did might be legally allowable, but it certainly isn't morally right.

    If you are used to buying canned peas for 99¢, and one day you choose a different brand from the same isle, pay by credit card, as always, and you don't notice the decimal point is off until you got your credit card bill, you would be pissed too.

    It's bait and switch. Your price was... what?... 99¢ before?
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