FTC Sues Amazon Over In-App Purchases
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Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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7/11/2014 | 4:04:25 PM
Re: Greed
In-app purchasing has hurt gaming. $49 or $99 for a set of virtual acorns or whatever? The whole system is just cynical. And yet developers have to do it because the platform owners have set impossibly low price expectations. $0.99 for an app? That's too much for most app users these days.
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7/11/2014 | 2:27:12 PM
Re: Greed
I agree, @anon, that this goes beyond a slap on the wrist. Not sure about you, but I'm getting fed up of giant companies (allegedly Amazon, Apple, reportedly Google, allegedly T-Mobile... and others in the past) slipping in workarounds to jack up (already high) phone charges, hoping bill payers don't realize/don't have time/get stymied by "written policies" and they can bolster acceptable revenue via lots of $10, $25, $50 charges. I don't necessarily think jail time is the answer but very stiff fines the first time, and bigger consequences for any subsequent findings of guilt for the same complaint, should be on the table.

Kudos to the government for pursuing these issues. Perhaps it will cause any other businesses that do this to rethink their strategy and to proactively refund consumers' overages (doubtful but...!).
User Rank: Apprentice
7/11/2014 | 9:49:37 AM
Again Amazon shows pure greed. If it allowed children to make unauthorised payments using their parents' money  then the appropriate court for this to be sorted out is not a civil court but a criminal court. Aiding and abetting theft deserves jail time.

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