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Join Date: May 2004
2008-08-08, 17:38

You know that iPhone app that was recently pulled from the App Store? It did nothing, just had a picture of a red jewel, but the app cost $999. It was meant to make the author rich, not the buyer. Kind of a clever scam but not really since it was so easy to see through.

And yet, 8 people bought it, giving the author over $5500 after Apple's cut. This article about it cracked me up.
is the next Chiquita
Join Date: Feb 2005
2008-08-08, 18:35

This is too onion-esque... I'm gonna call it fake...

Though, it's certainly better than the junk Onion churns out nowadays.
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Purgatory.
2008-08-08, 18:48

Not fake at all. I read about it earlier this week and it was indeed in the iTunes Store. Comments ranged from "stupid" to "genius"...I for one thought it was hilarious.

(The aboved linked article is a bit Onionesque, but the premise is true).

[edit]: Linky.

So it goes.
is the next Chiquita
Join Date: Feb 2005
2008-08-08, 18:50

And as usual, I make fool of myself.

As for those 8 people? They're special, I'll give them that.
Selfish Heathen
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Zone of Pain
2008-08-08, 19:54

Yeah, I gotta go with Banana and say that the article is a spoof. Debbie Norom? Whose last name backwards just happens to spell "moron"?

Heck, even the site's subheading reads: "The Cult of iPhone News and Satire"

The site features other great "news" articles such as:


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Join Date: May 2004
Location: NSA Archives
2008-08-08, 22:37

No way that's real. Apple would require a description of what it does, etc and almost surely would test it out themselves before posting it otherwise someone could just upload and sell ifonPr()n or some other gadget that would give Apple a bad rep. Didn't happen.

Meantime, I know Steve has been doing this retarded wegan thing for a while but when did he get so thin that the average 12 year old could break him in half? Man up, Steve! Stop eating cabbage and lettuce for dinner every night. Have a taco or 12 for chrissakes! My left arm weighs more than you and I'm thin for my height.

If Steve tried to do the Summer of 100 push-ups, I'm pretty sure he would collapse in a bony heap on the floor and die his first attempt.

...into the light of a dark black night.
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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Florida
2008-08-08, 22:48

The story and the app is completely real and in fact eight idiots did buy it. TUAW covered the story earlier today and linked to an LA Times article where they interviewed the creator. The number eight comes from the creator himself and, as also linked in the article, Gruber doesn't exactly believe him.

Weather it sold anything or not, I AM RICH made it into the app store with a ridiculous price of $999.99 and it took Apple a few days to notice. Who knows why.

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Selfish Heathen
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Zone of Pain
2008-08-08, 22:55

Originally Posted by jdcfsu View Post
The story and the app is completely real and in fact eight idiots did buy it.
Yes, the general story is real and all over the place. It's the article that seems to spoof the news, though.
Tweeting @kierankelly
Join Date: Jan 2005
2008-08-08, 23:07

Apparently there were 8 buyers of this app. Apple made a cool $2400 off of stupid idiots buying it.
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2008-08-08, 23:16

I think it's awesome. Some dumbasses thought clicking "buy now" was laced with some joke. They got served. The dev should keep the money he gets, but he won't. I'm glad it's gone because it highlights Apple's lack of Q&A for the app store, but I have no pity for the morons who bought it.
Tweeting @kierankelly
Join Date: Jan 2005
2008-08-09, 06:08

Why won't the dev keep the money he got?

People bought the app and he detailed that it did nothing but show the red diamond.

It's their dumb fault for buying it.
I am worthless beyond hope.
Join Date: May 2006
2008-08-09, 21:38

This has "chargeback" written all over it, but I'm curious how the credit card companies would treat it.
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Ireland
2008-08-10, 11:32

I'm just pissed i didnt think of it fair play to the dev of the App and shame on those who bought it. To be fair their probably filty rich anywho if they were willing to spend $999 on any piece of software
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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: At home
2008-08-10, 11:40

I just thought of a new app called "I'm not that rich but hey..." priced 100$. The icon needs to be determined.
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