Developer raises price of $3 iPhone app to $40 to teach complainers a lesson

“In response to customer complaints that its prices are too high, Schiau Studios raised the price this past weekend of their Alchemize app from $2.99 all the way up to $39.99, making it the most expensive game on the iTunes App Store for a brief period,” Yoni Heisler reports for NetworkWorld.

“The price change is only temporary (and all the proceeds go to charity), but the price change is an interesting response to a vocal number of iPhone owners who for some reason seem to believe that everything on the iTunes App Store should be free, or at least fit into their pre-conceived notions of what price range an app should fit into,” Heisler reports.

“The move by Schiau Studios won’t earn them any more sales, though perhaps some free publicity, but its decision to raise the price of Alchemize highlights an interesting tug of war between developers who are trying to make some money with iPhone apps and the end users who often complain that a $3 app is too expensive,” Heisler reports.

Heisler writes, “The move by Schiau Studios was, in my opinion, a nice reminder of how good we iPhone users have it.”

Full article here.


  1. Welcome to the new USA: “We want it NOW, we want it FREE, or . . . we want someone else to pay for it.”

    Greedy bastards, those developers. And those CEO’s. And those capitalists. And all those people who have one nickel more than I do.

  2. It’s about time someone smacked down the complainers. $3.00 too high my ass. This is probably from the same idiot that pays $10 (or more) to see a movie ONCE.

  3. This generation of the “entitled” doesn’t know how good it has it. Just 20 years ago, I’d pay close to $1,000 for a copy of UNIX or Xenix that would run on a PC. And the PC itself? Over $3,000 for a box with a Pentium chip. We even paid for web browsers.

    Now they’re bitching about $2.99 for a piece of software! Grow up kids. If it’s not worth it to you, don’t buy it. But let’s drop that sense of entitlement.

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