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Guy Accidentally Bought 'I Am Rich' App for $999.99

Guy Accidentally Bought 'I Am Rich' App for $999.99

Posted August 7, 2008 at 9:56am by iClarified
A guy has accidentally purchased the $999.99 "I Am Rich" app and is desperately seeking Apple help to negate the sale.

The $999.99 "I Am Rich" app was created by Armin Heinrich. It also features a "secret mantra" that "may help you to stay rich, healthy and successful." In reality the app does nothing but showcase your wealth.

This review of the app was posted by the customer desperately trying to get his money back.
What do you think? Should he get his money back?


Guy Accidentally Bought 'I Am Rich' App for $999.99
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rob
rob - October 4, 2009 at 5:13am
Any purchase made with a Visa card can be canceled. He just needs to ask. The real problem here is that this guy knows that, and he's just looking for attention. This is non news.
unknown
unknown - February 17, 2009 at 2:12am
LOL..LMAF.. Just notice the I Phone picture.. it has 340 review...he's not the only one.. LOL'
Ryan
Ryan - September 18, 2008 at 7:46pm
The app was in the App Store. He clicked it and almost certainly got an "Are you sure?" message. We're supposed to believe he's entitled to a refund because he feels he got cheated?? What is this, a lottery that rewards stupidity?? Regardless, I do believe the App Store should have a "satisfaction guaranteed" clause or some kind of return policy. If I buy an app, and it sucks, I would want my money back, regardless of whether or not I "mistakenly" bought it.
nobody
nobody - August 9, 2008 at 1:58am
Normally I'd think he should get his money back, BUT he slandered/libelled the person- he claimed it was a scam and the app was a fake. Just because of that I don't think he deserves to get his money back. You make a mistake, you admit it, ask for forgiveness/mercy etc. You don't say it's somebody else's fault. The moment you do that, my sympathy for you goes all the way down, and no refunds - heck you just got your $999.99 worth of _EDUCATION_. If this first installment doesn't teach you anything, you better be prepared to pay for more lessons.
Gama
Gama - August 8, 2008 at 2:35pm
i am having trouble feeling for this dude here. back in where i live though any purchase u make has a 14 days money back warranty, no questions asked, i really don't know if that extends to software purchases OTA. i don't think the app itself should be taken from the app-store. regard it has a way to compliment the developer with a donation "traded" for a simbolic application. but not to deny multiple times when asked if you want to take that shot and where you want it, infact asking for it to be in your wallet... sheeeshh he must have been wandering: "how many confirmation steps there is???" i confess i do that all the time... ever installed software in your PC not wanting to reboot? "i am sure there is one more step.... they'l ask me again... i still need to tell them my visa number... and the other one... and my name... Damnnnn my other me just activated the iClick account!!!!" Please confirm i'm stupid! "yes you are!" still I do think the guy could ask for his money back.
indumerato
indumerato - August 8, 2008 at 8:24am
If you get your money back I'll be happy knowing that we are safe against cheaters. Honestly I believe that no antitrust law covers your case. Good luck.
RolloM
RolloM - August 8, 2008 at 5:49am
I'm talking about European law, see Wikipedia regarding unfair competition, for instance. Unfair competition law deals with good faith in commercial matters. The term good faith is somewhat difficult to explain to non-lawyers, it describes how a honest man should behave when having legal contacts, and unfair competition law deals with commercial contacts in particular. Setting up traps like the one we see here is definitely not honest in this sense. Guess you will agree on that. Similar case: Some guy selling an "iPhone Package" on ebay hoping that there are certainly some few people among the hundreds who see the offer who will overlook the word "Package" and bid believing they would bid for an iPhone itself. Humans are not perfectly rational in all situations. You can even cheat a few of many people if you write a very clear offer. The question in this case is much less, whether a reasonable and attentive man would recognize the cheating, but whether the reason for the offer is obviously to cheat on som inattentive victim. We're not talking about formal stuff here ("It was written there"), but about the material question, whether the offer was made to cheat or not.
flo
flo - August 8, 2008 at 5:29am
@RolloM You're welcome. 1. Ok, tell me how this about unfair competition law in your opinion? 2. Don't you think if people are stupid enough to click on 999.99 $ "Buy", they deserve to pay for it? 3. If you clicked on that dialer, although it clearly states that it costs that much, you should have to pay too, no matter how outrageous the price. If it is not clearly visible or stated at all it's different of course. 4. What country / law system are you reffering to? You might be right that you would have a case in front of a jury, but there are enough countries where there are no jury trials ...
rollom
rollom - August 8, 2008 at 3:04am
This is the contract law as it would be in Europe, too, of course. But what about unfair competition law? There must be sth like this in Australia, too.
RolloM
RolloM - August 7, 2008 at 9:28pm
Flo, thanks for being that nice to me. But I might have a touch more experience in unfair competition law than you. The app is just there as a snare for people who give it a try, and for no other reason, as nobody in the world would willingly pay a thousand dolloars for such a ching. And setting snares in commercial matters is against good faith and therefore probably violates unfair competition law. I'm quite sure one could substantiate at least a claim for refund, if not even more. This is no different from the guys who used to install diallers onto your computer asking you to click "yes" to download a cooking receipe, clearly saying that it will cost you 100 bucks per call and 100 bucks per minute.
amir
amir - August 7, 2008 at 8:10pm
I feel sorry for the guy but come on! When you press the purchase button it does just that. We all know that. Why should they refund the money because he thought it would be so funny to push buy button as a joke.
Josh
Josh - August 7, 2008 at 6:28pm
On the one hand I kinda feel for the guy having just lost $1000 but on the other I kinda think that the Idiot Tax should apply here..... For any of you that did not have the chance to read the description of this app it is not a scam or a lie or dishonest or unfair in any way. The author very clearly states that the app does nothing. The guy who bought it needs to put up his own app called "I am (no logner) Rich"
RolloM
RolloM - August 7, 2008 at 6:10pm
The money is _not_ owed, of course. Sorry...
RolloM
RolloM - August 7, 2008 at 6:09pm
Guess this buy would be invalid following European law cause what the app developer does ist clearly unfair competition (as the App is obviously fake). The money is now owed therefore, and the developer could probably even be punished.
End User
End User - August 7, 2008 at 6:06pm
Well, I have noticed lag on my iphone... in fustration, I was swiping, tapping, etc. So maybe it was a mistake.
Ko0lHaNDLuKe
Ko0lHaNDLuKe - August 7, 2008 at 3:55pm
Idiot. You "jokingly clicked buy". What did you think would happen? $1000 well spent.
I Am Rich
I Am Rich - August 7, 2008 at 1:12pm
if everyone doing such business in the world, selling junk/useless at an extremely high price. price and product is not important anymore, because of Its purpose of waiting for someone accidentally buy it without his/her true intention. do you think this sickness is a way to enjoy your invaluable freedom? by taking advantage from careless or stupidity people?
Alex
Alex - August 7, 2008 at 12:54pm
Yes he should get his money back, simply because any product should have a return policy. Apple should review their all sales are final policy, especially since it has been discussed that they may have a way to block apps. There is also no way to test apps before you buy them, all the more reason too have a return policy. Apple can require buyers to return apps within 10 minutes for a full refund for all I care, but it will solve the problem of accidentally bought apps. I do believe the app should remain in the store though, there are numerous examples of absolutely useless products that cost insane amounts of money, why should this be any different. It's not a scam if the description clearly states it does nothing, but you should be able to return it.
Apostolos
Apostolos - August 7, 2008 at 12:41pm
nope he should not!
Greg
Greg - August 7, 2008 at 12:13pm
If the bloke was based in europe he could rely on distance selling regulations. I think the law works for 7 days. What does the app actually do anyway... surely it must do something? For $999 it could at least fix the stupid 3g signal!
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