Price Changes in App Store

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by nintendude, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. nintendude macrumors 6502

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    I noticed that developers sometimes lower app prices and some people who bought the game would be disapointed that the price of the game changed by a few dollars if they just waited a few days. Like Cro-Mag Rally which was one of the most popular apps that a lot of people downloaded is now $4 cheaper and some other apps also. Anybody feel like they were cheated of a few dollars?
     
  2. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    I felt "cheated" after I bought a couple of apps the first day only to see free ones that did the same thing (I still wonder why anybody pays $3 for iBeer or whatever it's called when iPint is free). But it's just like most other stores. A few years ago I bought NCAA Football 06 for PS2 at $50 when it came out. About a month later, it was on sale for $40.

    It happens. But it's not really being "cheated." It just sucks to have bad timing. Both Macs I have bought came exactly 5 weeks before major updates (the Mac Mini was 5 weeks before the Intel switch...major ouch).
     
  3. TimothyB macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sure there will be people upset, but I think they can have it for whatever price they want. Even have it on sale for less for a week then raise the price again. But it would be too complicated to have a prime guarantee system. Unless the app store implemented an automatic system where if a game you bought in the last week is lower you'd get the difference.

    Though, I've seen people so mixed up that free demos are the full versions they just paid for. Like the Labyrinth 10 level free demo had someone thinking is was the same thing as the 500 level version they just paid for wrote a review for it complaining.
     
  4. marksman macrumors 603

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    It is the wild west of a new marketing environment. The first few weeks nobody knows what to expect and a lot of price adjustments have come because people needed to make changes to get their programs exposed.

    The volatility of price changes will settle down overall, after a few months and people have a better gauge of what pricing should be like when they first hit the store.

    Unfortunately some early adopters get screwed, but in other cases they end up with an app for free or very little that later goes on to be costly.
     
  5. spyker3292 macrumors 65816

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    And that's why you buy a new Mac model ASAP when they come out. ;)
     

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