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Why the complaints about paid apps?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by gewgluvr, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. gewgluvr

    gewgluvr Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Oct 25, 2008
    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!!!!


  2. Phases

    Phases Community Manager

    Sep 9, 2008
    IT, Vbulletin and Xenforo Administrator
    Nashville, TN
    I agree. A business is usually a business for a reason - to make money. Same with the majority of developers out there I'm sure. Who wouldn't want to make money off what they develop?

    There are several ways to do that. One being to charge for the app. One being to charge for extra or premium services on top of the free base app. One is to offer free apps and in all your fame and popularity make your money off people who coming to your site to see what you're about and end up clicking around on banner ads and what not.

    There are other ways.

    There's no problem with paying for an app that fits your needs and it's nice to support the people who work so hard to bring these things to you.

    OUR problem is when they label it as free just to trick you to their website where you then have to pay for it. Deceit sucks and I for one sure wouldn't support that just off principle - unless it was an app I absolutely had to have. Then I'd be sure to voice how I felt about being fooled to the developing company.

    .....and hopefully that makes sense.. having been typed at 5:40 in the morning.
  3. punkzanyj

    punkzanyj Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2008
    You're missing the point. 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.
  4. Durf

    Durf Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2008
    Well said but I must point out a (VERY) small percentage may be trying to post their apps but the commercial part of the market is not up yet. That may explain some of the disclaimers for demo version. There is no other way to do it at the moment. I don't like it any more than anyone else and I am just looking at it from a frustrated developers point of view who may have spent 3 months writing this app to get ready for opening day and wants/needs some exposure.

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