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Old Mar 17, 2011, 12:27 AM   #1
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How Do You Get A Refund From The App Store?

I regret buying an app for my iPhone, and I want a refund, so I can use my purchase towards something else.

How would I do this? Is it even possible to get a refund from iTunes or once they have your money, that's that?

I went to my account, clicked on Purchase History, and clicked on Report a Problem, but nothing happened.

I thought a window would open for me to write to customer service asking for a refund, but nothing happened.

So, is it possible to get a refund from the iTunes App Store or am I screwed?
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 12:33 AM   #2
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There are no refunds, the App Store policy states all sales are final. I was able to get a refund once because the app did not work as stated and wouldn't even load because of crashing.
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 12:52 AM   #3
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The only refunds I am aware of are large amounts from in-app purchases made by children, or from hacked iTunes accounts.
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 01:37 AM   #4
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You can get a refund, but it's in a cryptic way.

http://cnettv.cnet.com/refunds-iphon...contentBody;5n
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 05:23 AM   #5
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I got a refund when I downloaded an ipad only game by mistake and was told by apple support this was a one time exception.
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 06:08 AM   #6
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This is the ONLY thing that is better about the Android Marketplace. You get a certain time period to test out an app and you get a refund if you don't like it.
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 06:15 AM   #7
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This is the ONLY thing that is better about the Android Marketplace. You get a certain time period to test out an app and you get a refund if you don't like it.
Yes, you used to get 24 hours to test it out, but a few months ago google changed that to 15 minutes. Still 15 minutes is better then 0 minutes.
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 12:31 PM   #8
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I regret buying an app for my iPhone, and I want a refund, so I can use my purchase towards something else.

How would I do this? Is it even possible to get a refund from iTunes or once they have your money, that's that?

I went to my account, clicked on Purchase History, and clicked on Report a Problem, but nothing happened.

I thought a window would open for me to write to customer service asking for a refund, but nothing happened.

So, is it possible to get a refund from the iTunes App Store or am I screwed?
buyer's remorse is not a valid reason

can you imagine the amount of fraud if people were allowed to return software after using it
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 12:51 PM   #9
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Go into your account find the transaction and click report a problem. Email them (you don't have to lie) and they will refund you. I've done this more then once for various reasons.
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 12:56 PM   #10
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That was one thing i liked about the android market. You could buy an app and test it out for a 24-hour period (They have since changed to a 15min window) but its a nice way to "demo" an app and decide if you really like it or not. I think it works well because if the devs made a good app then you should have no problem paying. If you refund an app and decide to buy it again then it is a final sale.
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 01:11 PM   #11
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That was one thing i liked about the android market. You could buy an app and test it out for a 24-hour period (They have since changed to a 15min window) but its a nice way to "demo" an app and decide if you really like it or not. I think it works well because if the devs made a good app then you should have no problem paying. If you refund an app and decide to buy it again then it is a final sale.
I agree. I think they changed it because people were buying a game and beating it in 24 hours.
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 01:15 PM   #12
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I agree. I think they changed it because people were buying a game and beating it in 24 hours.
perhaps.. but i think mainly because it gave people a chance test drive the app and write a review, and i dont mean in the market i mean a full blown website/blog/youtube review. I think the 15min window doesnt give you much time for all that.
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 01:18 PM   #13
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1. Find the receipt email.
2. Click "Report a problem"
3. Click "Report a problem" in iTunes after it opens.
4. Choose "I inadvertently purchased this application"
5. Type a request for refund.
6. Submit

Wait a few days and you'll get a refund.
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 01:44 PM   #14
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Apple is generally very helpful about refunds. Just don't abuse it.

Edit: The General has it right. Do what he says.
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 01:49 PM   #15
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1. Find the receipt email.
2. Click "Report a problem"
3. Click "Report a problem" in iTunes after it opens.
4. Choose "I inadvertently purchased this application"
5. Type a request for refund.
6. Submit

Wait a few days and you'll get a refund.
I love the advice people give around here...

1. Find the receipt email.
2. Click "Report a problem"
3. Click "Report a problem" in iTunes after it opens.
4. Choose "I want to lie"
5. Type a request for refund.
6. Submit
7. obtain your ill gotten lucre.

OP - it's hard to do, and if you bought the app and regret it you're usually SoL. It sucks, and I don't really like how (lack of) software returns work, but having integrity and acknowledging your mistakes are fundamental parts of development which most people reach early on, unlike a large section of MR. Doing what the general suggests is no different than buying a DVD, watching it once, scratching it intentionally with a screwdriver, and returning it to the store claiming it was damaged.
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 01:51 PM   #16
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Apple is generally very helpful about refunds. Just don't abuse it.

Edit: The General has it right. Do what he says.
I don't understand what you're saying, doing what he's suggesting is clearly abusing Apple's return policy. He didn't "accidentally" purchase the app, he purchased it and didn't like it, two very different things. People like the general are why products continue to rise in price and why it's harder and harder for people with legitimate problems to get service and refunds.
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 02:13 PM   #17
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I don't understand what you're saying, doing what he's suggesting is clearly abusing Apple's return policy. He didn't "accidentally" purchase the app, he purchased it and didn't like it, two very different things. People like the general are why products continue to rise in price and why it's harder and harder for people with legitimate problems to get service and refunds.
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plus if people buy apps that they dont like after actually using it and cant return them, the result might be buying less apps.

I think the bottom line for Apple is if everyone was buying and returning they wouldn't be making as much $$$ off the app store. They want to to buy and keep.
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Old Mar 19, 2011, 09:42 PM   #18
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I love the advice people give around here...

1. Find the receipt email.
2. Click "Report a problem"
3. Click "Report a problem" in iTunes after it opens.
4. Choose "I want to lie"
5. Type a request for refund.
6. Submit
7. obtain your ill gotten lucre.

OP - it's hard to do, and if you bought the app and regret it you're usually SoL. It sucks, and I don't really like how (lack of) software returns work, but having integrity and acknowledging your mistakes are fundamental parts of development which most people reach early on, unlike a large section of MR. Doing what the general suggests is no different than buying a DVD, watching it once, scratching it intentionally with a screwdriver, and returning it to the store claiming it was damaged.
Apple should have a returns system. They are the ones who need an integrity check. This is the work around until they fix the problem.

And that analogy is not at all applicable. In your scenario, property was damaged, resulting in loss of money. In reality, all they do is return my money and revoke my license to use the software.
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Old Mar 19, 2011, 09:55 PM   #19
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Buyer regret is one thing. Crappy app development is another.
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Old Mar 20, 2011, 03:05 AM   #20
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One of my favorite things to do is read app reviews and see people cry and complain about something thats either all ready expressed in the description or though other reviews. Or just complain its not what they expected.

I LOVE IT

I take such joy out their misery and the fact they just flushed money down the toilet cuz they refused to read or look up a video about the app
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Old Mar 20, 2011, 04:56 AM   #21
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This is the ONLY thing that is better about the Android Marketplace. You get a certain time period to test out an app and you get a refund if you don't like it.
Why should you be able to get a refund if you don't like it?

If you bought a newspaper, read it, and didn't like it should you be able to get a refund? No.

Look at the app, look at the price, look at the reviews. If you decide to purchase it then tough if you decide after you use it, you don't like it.
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Old May 26, 2011, 10:09 AM   #22
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Granted I am new to the "i" anything but at least in the android systems you have a 3 day period where you can return your app if it is not what you expected, needed etc.
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Old May 26, 2011, 10:16 AM   #23
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i think since apple is so strict on what they put in the app store why dont they set a rule that all apps need a lite version
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Old May 26, 2011, 10:20 AM   #24
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Granted I am new to the "i" anything but at least in the android systems you have a 3 day period where you can return your app if it is not what you expected, needed etc.
It's now 24 hours I believe. People had been abusing it by buying a game, completing it then asking for refunds.
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Old May 26, 2011, 10:20 AM   #25
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Most apps (that I see at least) are in the $1-$3 range; so it's not like you're out a bunch of $$.

In my opinion, wanting to return it just because you don't like it, isn't a viable reason for wanting a refund. If the app was faulty, didn't perform as described, something like that, I could see.

To me it sounds like you're making a mountain out of a mole hill.
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