Buying - Paying for apps..

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by Jedi5, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Aug 16, 2009
    North Burbs, IL
    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.
  2. macrumors 603

    TwinCities Dan

    May 19, 2008
    Double Parked out front of the Courthouse
    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 ;)). :)
  3. macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    The most populated city in the planet
    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.
  4. macrumors 68030

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    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.
  5. macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    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.
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 16, 2009
    North Burbs, IL
    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.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    If I couldn't use apps, I wouldn't have any need for an iPad. Apps rock, get out your wallet and pay up.
  8. macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
  9. macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    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)
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    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.
  11. macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    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. :(
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2010
    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!
  13. macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Chewbacca

    Apr 27, 2010
    Dallas TX
    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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