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Old Jan 1, 2011, 01:12 PM   #1
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Buying - Paying for apps..

How easy or difficult is it for you guys to spend money on apps?
I see all neat apps and I think oh I want that one... and that one...
But then I see $.99 and I think I"ll pass.

$.99... that's nothing... I know that.
Heck I'll go to gas station and buy a big gulp for $1.29 no problem only to p!ss it out bout an hour later. But I have the hardest time paying for an app.

I think I know why too... Once I start I won't be able to stop, LOL.

anyone else have a hard time spending on apps or am i the only cheapskate?



This is not about JBing my iPad for free apps, this thread is nothing about that
so please don't steer my thread in that direction.
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Old Jan 1, 2011, 01:17 PM   #2
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Personally, I value the work put into developing said $.99 app much more than a big gulp from the gas station.

I usually keep a credit in my iTunes account so I can buy apps without regret (usually ).
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Old Jan 1, 2011, 08:28 PM   #3
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There was a funny comic strip about this. It's human nature to see software at a price and say "uhhh I'll pass."
If I feel the app well deserves the money - I will pay for it. However, in order for me to do that I need to download a lite or free version first which gives a decent idea on how well the app is designed.
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Old Jan 1, 2011, 08:34 PM   #4
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Well so far I have no problem buying apps. I just received my iPad for Christmas. Started with $40 in iTunes gift cards. I added all of that to my iTunes account, down to $5 now.
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Old Jan 1, 2011, 08:44 PM   #5
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IMO, if you don't buy any apps, you're missing out on some of the best iPad experiences. Sure, there might be a free but lesser app, or no alternative, but for the $0.99, why miss out on it?

Of course, I am also the type to pay for applications for OS X as well.
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Old Jan 1, 2011, 09:56 PM   #6
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Thanks all for the replies.

My thing is how I justify not buying an app.

Lots of recipe apps out there but why pay for it when I can either google the recipe or just eat something else instead, LOL.

I do agree with you Emm... I'm missing out by holding out and using my iPad to the minimum. I need to see what this bad boy can do.
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Old Jan 1, 2011, 11:17 PM   #7
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Thanks all for the replies.

My thing is how I justify not buying an app.

Lots of recipe apps out there but why pay for it when I can either google the recipe or just eat something else instead, LOL.

I do agree with you Emm... I'm missing out by holding out and using my iPad to the minimum. I need to see what this bad boy can do.
If I couldn't use apps, I wouldn't have any need for an iPad. Apps rock, get out your wallet and pay up.
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Old Jan 2, 2011, 08:40 PM   #8
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I agree. Some of the best apps are non-free.
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Old Jan 3, 2011, 11:55 AM   #9
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I find when I have a credit in my iTunes account I will buy all sorts of apps that I wouldn't if I did not. That being said I have no problem buying an app for $10-$15 if it is that good (X-Plane)
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Old Jan 3, 2011, 12:35 PM   #10
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The only time I think twice about buying an app is when it costs more than $9.99. Now, granted, I'll check for a lite version first, but I have no problem spending $1 here and there on something that looks interesting. I spend much more everyday on coffee.
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Old Jan 3, 2011, 01:04 PM   #11
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I only buy the apps that I know I need / really want. Sure there are a ton out there that I look at and say, "Ohhh, I want that." But I always look to see if there is a free version first. Why? Because for every 10 apps, it seems like 7 of them turn out to be total crap; and 2 of them do what they say but end up not being as useful as I think they should be. So I end up with 1 $10 app and 9 $0 apps (in terms of worth). It isn't a big deal but unfortunately, too many pay apps are still crap (for free I understand but not when paying for it).

Imaging if that big gulp ended up being only water 7 out of 10 times you purchased it; would you still be buying it to only get that 1/10th satisfaction?

I always read reviews and make sure it is what I want first. Even so, I still have regretted about 1/2 the purchases I have made.
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Old Jan 3, 2011, 03:41 PM   #12
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I agree. Some of the best apps are non-free.
I would go further. Almost all of the best (which to me means: most useful) apps are non-free.

As others have said, if you don't get your wallet out you are seriously missing out on what the iPad can do!
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The only time I think twice about buying an app is when it costs more than $9.99. Now, granted, I'll check for a lite version first, but I have no problem spending $1 here and there on something that looks interesting. I spend much more everyday on coffee.
I agree to a point. I added mine up a while back just for the heck of it and it turns out I have spent about 200 on Cydia tweeks and appstore apps (60/120)

381 iphone/ipad apps (only about half are still on my phone, I need to clean up my itunes) and about 40 or so tweaks.

That was over a few years and I still use about 1/2 of them often

Its not that bad but a bit of a shock when you add it up
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