You're missing the point.
Originally Posted by gewgluvr
Wondering why everyone complaining about apps for cash? First off Google promised free apps ... well so far they delivered. In regards to paid apps ... it's crucial that people who develop these apps, believe they are going to get paid for them. In most cases they are ... they will get paid from those who believe apps should not be free. However in most cases they will wind up as torrents and we will all have access to them eventually.
Bottom line ... it's crucial that developers create paid apps. These apps are going to be the money apps ... pun. Don't cry about it ... put on a great big smile and shut up!!!!
The apps people are complaining about are labeled as "FREE"
on the market, but they're not free.
They're not even apps in several cases. They are links to download a not-free app. It's deceitful, and no way to run a legit business.
To better understand this. Imagine there was a sign outside of Best Buy that said "Free" next to boxes of flatscreen TVs. Suppose you go in, you buy the "free" flatscreen, get it home, and inside the box is the frame for the flatscreen but none of the guts, no screen, no cables, it's just the outside casing of a flatscreen TV. There's a postcard taped to the casing that says "go to our store on 95th street to pick up your TV for only $2,000"
You'd be mad, wouldn't you?
That's what these folks are doing. I've seen a couple that admit in the description that it's a demo, or it's a service and the service has a fee. That's fine, but the complaints are about the bait-and-switch tactics of some of those developers.
I have no problem with someone charging for products, what I have a problem is them using the word "free" to lure you in and then surprising you with having to pay for the actual product. It's unethical, and bad for business, too many of those and the whole market starts to look shady.