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An American man has accidentally spent $999.99 on an iPhone app that does nothing but display a glowing red ruby. Dubbed "I Am Rich," the app is meant as a status symbol for the wealthy. But in reality, it's a scarlet letter for the gullible. As reported by our friends at Valleywag, a Jesus Phone user known only as Lee5279xx …

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What a cretin....

I have no sympathy for this cretin - he deserves to starve for this

However it does highlight the lack of ANY quality control in the appstore.

After just a couple of weeks we now have nearly 400 games - with probably about 20 that are worth playing. Please apple, lets get rid of the crap.

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Re: @Michael Duke

I'm here. I just don't work 24 hours a day. A thousand apologies.

Anyway, where's the beef?

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Anonymous Coward

a joke?

why would you buy a 1000 dollar joke? If i go into a store and see a high price item, i don't take it just cause i think its a joke?

sjeez, it was bound to happen, some idiot buying this thing. But because its a whinging american, the world must pay attention to him. Maybe they could bomb the developer for this joke.

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Anonymous Coward

I set babies on fire.

Apparently 8 people actually brought the damn thing. On purpose.

Not bad for 5 minutes work.

Also, is it me, or is everyone who submits a review on app store pretty much retarded?

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What's the problem

If you want to sell a crapp app for $999, then it's upto you. If you are stupid enough to buy the same app, then it's clearly YOUR problem.

Get this app back up, as clearly iPhone owners clearly have more money than sense...

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Jobs Horns

hahahahahahahaha

BTW, when is lent? can el Reg give up reporting ANYTHING to do with bloody Apple for a month? (or a year?) absolutely nothing Apple, not even blanking out the word in a news report. Steve Jobs isn't the new technological Jesus Christ, even though a lot of sheeple follow his every every action including his bowel movements with great interest...

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@Matt Bradley

Who are you (or anyone) to judge if that was worth it or not. It's not a scam at all, clearly the app is priced at $999, and it's bling. If you want it, buy it, if not walk on by...

I say get the app back up ASAP.

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Reminds me of ...

... a newspaper advert that was put in the Classifieds of various tabloids back in the late '80's.

It advertised a booklet that would allow the purchaser to "Reduce Your Telephone Bill to £00.00!!!" (or some such stuff). For a fee (I think it was about £7.50) the recipient got a leaflet that explained in painful detail how to contact BT Customer Services and cease their line.

Despite the protestations of consumer whinge-buckets like Rantzen and Faulds-Wood, the argument was cogently made that no law was broken, and each customer got exactly what was advertised. There was no scam. The illegal intent was actually in the mind of the customer who was operating on the assumption that they could defraud BT and get something for nothing. As they say - you can't con an honest man.

As far as I see it, this is a similar situation (if it's not a hoax story in itself). The idiot who pressed the button got exactly what was advertised and paid the price that had been displayed. A dickhead and his money are soon parted.

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You could see this one coming...

"I saw this app with a few friends and we jokingly clicked 'buy,' thinking it was a joke, to see what would happen,"

Dosn't the line "I wonder what happens when you press this button?" come just behind "you can not stop me now I am invincible!" and just before "after the war me and my sweetheart are going to buy a small cottage in the country with a white picket fence" and "dont worry, I think its harmless, look its smiling" in the all time top 10 list of things to say just before something really bad happens to you?

Put the app back up there I say. It does exactly what it says on the tin. All kudos to the author.

I work in IT and make a good living out of people who say "I wonder what this button does?" just before something really bad happens.

Mines the red one with "Away Team - Security" written on the back.

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Jobs Horns

He is an iTwat

Here's what Urban Dictionary got to say:

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iTwat

2 up, 1 downlove ithate it

A person that is totally in love with their iPhone/iPod.

Generally an iTwat is unaware of the gimmicky kitschiness of their beloved device.

You will see the iTwat lovingly caress their overhyped consumer appendage with their spirit fingers with a look of unwarranted pretention on their face that can only be obtained by the delusion that they now have an elevated social standing that can only manifest itself by lovingly caressing their overhyped consumer appendage with their spirit fingers and having a look of unwarranted pretention on their face.

Put your phone down Jay, stop being an iTwat.

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@Sarah Bee

"where's the beef?"

In this baguette, with lettuce and horseradish of course :D

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jai

7 more

i do feel a bit of pity for this guy though - you're all having a go at him, but he wasn't the only one

apparently the developer said that 5 other people in the States bought it, as did one in germany and one in france

the guys now up 5,600 dollars!

i think what annoys everyone most about this, even if they won't admit it, is that they didn't think of it first

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Well, it's not *quite* that easy...

The one click purchase isn't just one click on the iPhone though.

First you open said application's page

Second you click the purchase/price button in the top right (in this case $999)

Third the button then changes to a second confirmation a green 'install?' button

This guy was clearly wasted and deserves to be milked for every last cent.

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I see nothing wrong with the application

Seems tame, compared to the diamond studded iPhone case selling for £7900

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/08/07/diamond_iphone3g_case/

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Vote for darwin icon

Darwin Icon go!

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How is it a scam?

The app does what it says it will.

I would have given him his money back (as a customer relations thing) but I see no reason to take down the app.

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Paris Hilton

Hmmmmm, Wnaks...I mean Yanks are stoopid.

I bought a shirt when over in the US last month and the label says "Warning: Remove clothing to iron"

But in all seriousness, what a complete plank!

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Boffin

@Léon, re: Adrian Esdaile @Léon re: Adrian Esdaile

From iTwat posters to uTwat posters. ~fool refers to the user fool, whose file .money is being parted from him. It is a valid construction, unlike your own knowledge. You owe the Oracle $999.99 and some red pixels.

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Yes he'd dumb...

but most of the rather nasty arguments on here could also be used to justify mugging little old ladies....

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As Douglas Adams would have said...

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools"

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And thats...

Why I never EVER turn on one click purchasing.

Heck, even with it off I was stupid enough to buy 80 headsets with 2.5mm jacks not 3.5mm.....

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mv ~fool/.money /dev/null ?

What? Do you think /dev/null is some sort of a recycle bin?

This happened at work the other day and very nearly resulted in some serious server breakage.

If you're going to try and ridicule idiots in a way that implies your superiority then at least do it proper like.

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That's how I bought an iPod Shuffle

I wish Amazon would enforce their stupid "one click" patent*, because "one click" purchasing is a really bad idea. Now, in fairness, Apple does give you a grace period to back out and I decided that I really did want the shuffle after all... so I decided not to back out. But I turned off "one click" regardless.

A friend of mine didn't notice and bought himself a printer that way.

Where's the icon for Steve Jobs with horns, by the way? He needs equal time with Gates and Ballmer. :)

*Well, not really, but I do suspect that patenting really bad ideas to keep people from implementing them might be the only way to make lemonade from the US patent orifice's lemons.

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@Matt Bradley

I'm still trying to see where the fraud exists in this case I'm afraid. Man went onto a shopping system and pressed buy on something that he had been looking at.

Also, before you applaud Apple, I thought they had to approve apps before they get anywhere near the store ... so well done to them for removing it?!

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Jon

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I wonder what will happen if I click the post comment button

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Linux

@Matt Bradley

Its not a scam, the guy is just stupid!

The button says buy, if he thought that it meant anything other than buy the item, he has problems with plain english.

If it was a gun and the trigger said kill would we be sympathetic?

Stupid people need to be less stupid, not the world more ridiculous to accommodate them.

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There might me more!

At the bottom of the developers homepage (http://www.audio-sandwich.com/) for the app it says:

Only 9 people know the secret mantra!

Is this a hint that 9 stupid twats might have bought this? Scary...

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@ Matthew Joyce

~fool refers to the user fools home directory. That is what ~ means, home directory.

~ is a synonym for /home/

So it does not "refer to the user fool". Otherwise you could write ps -u ~fool to bring up the fools processes. Or passwd ~fool or any other command which specifies the user.

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Another definition for iTwat

iTwat (eye-twat):

A person who is called moron / idiot / fanboy / wanker for having the cheek to buy something they like.

I have owned one piece of Apple kit in my life, and only since last month, and object to all of this abuse. If you are so sad that you have to abuse someone because you can't bear to see people using something that you don't happen to like, then you are the one with the problem.

I have worked in IT for nearly 15 years, and in the past I have visited this site for some intellectual discussions, many of which have helped me, and provided a useful insight into the latest developments. I can't bear this crap everytime an article is posted about an iPhone. The Apple-haters rubbish really annoys me. I can't work out why it bothers you so much - if anyone would like to contact me and explain to me why you get so worked up about it, then please feel free. I need to understand what it is that makes you feel the need. We are all intelligent people here, you'll have to help me out as I can't understand why people get so abusive. I need to know how your mind works, and make sure that my kids don't turn out like that.

Here we are in the middle of a credit crunch, and yet some people here still feel the need to come out with plain abuse directed at people who bought a product that they don't like.

You don't like iPhones? So what, who cares? If you think abusing someone, rather than contributing sensibly to the discussion is good, then why don't you go and do it elsewhere?

I am disappointed with the Register, for continuing to allow this to go on. I can't explain how much it winds me up.

You can say that I am biting if you like - you'd be dead right. I'm just sick of seeing the same shit over and over again. Come on, grow up people.

I wear Adidas trainers and don't like Nike. By your obviously right logic, then everyone who wears Nike trainers is a wanker and a Nike fanboy, who fall for the expensive Wayne Rooney adverts for metatarsal-breaking football boots. Don't say it's not the same, cos it is. It's just about shoes and not a phone.

Laugh at me all you want you tossers, I really don't care. Just crawl back into your little holes, check Google for 'iPhone' and then go and find somewhere else to offer your little pearls of wisdom. I'm sure your intelligent comments will wind someone else up.

Criticise the iPhone for it's tie-in, locks, etc, by all means. These are all intellectual, and very valid things to discuss. I don't like it either, but it doesn't make me a wanker. Just don't abuse someone for having the cheek to own one, you're just making a prick out of yourself.

I let things bother me too much, that's my problem, but it needed said.

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Re: Another definition for iTwat

>>I am disappointed with the Register, for continuing to allow this to go on. I can't explain how much it winds me up.

Yeah, ain't we a stinker?

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Logic lost...

"but most of the rather nasty arguments on here could also be used to justify mugging little old ladies...."

I don't see how - the implication is the "victim" here is stupid enough to pay what the majority of us here see as a ridiculously over-inflated price for something.

In mugging, the victim has no say or conscious choice in the event (OK, maybe a choice of occupying a particular part of the universe at a particular point in time, but even then they don't consciously choose to be in the presence of a mugger), whereas here there's some plank who sees a picture that is priced at $1,000 and opts to press a button marked "buy".

This is the equivalent only of going up to said "little old lady" and saying, "I have a picture of a ruby here. I'll leave it here and stand over there If you want it, put $1000 in the box and you can take it?". No pressure to buy, just put in front of her and left to make her choice - if she agrees to buy it, what would your opinion be then?

And remember, pictures by dead artists sell for a phenomenal amount of money these days... do we say that this is a scam as well?

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Jobs Halo

bah!

whats the difference between apple taking that much money in one go, or gradually over an 18 month contract. Apple are very much like the tax man, they'll find as many ways to screw you over and get your money.

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Boffin

If Steve took pity on the slow

He'd stop selling iPhones.

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4 iannufc

Er, you go through all that rather than not just apply the rule of thumb "Register Hates iPhone, It's Users and Everything They Stand For On Principle" and simply not read the article?

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Happy

might as well join in the fun...

what a wanker!

No Sympathy.

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Coat

@ Frank & iBiosphere franchise

Franchise will run you $150.00 US, plus 10% of any net profits. Wholesale price of the model you're interested in is about 15 bucks, which I think you can get $20 to $25k (or what ever the Apple iMarket will bare).

I am also in the process of developing an iBridge, iOrphan, iTHree legged dog or cat, iWhale, iPolarbear cub (with optional treading water module) and my personal favorite, iCeleb. (tm), (c) (sm) and patent pending.

Each will come with a certificate of authenticity.

the iBridge comes with a rusted bolt.

the iOrphan comes with a finger nail clipping

the iDog and iCat comes with a clipping of hair

the iCeleb comes with restraining order, but the good news is you will be able to put it in a variety of compromising situations, in all kinds of funny clothing and other gag accessories and forward it to your friends as a pic file, to be distributed on the web as potential blackmail.

The ieTailor wins, the customer wins and I move product. So it's a win, win win for everybody.

Have your people call my people and we can haggle.

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Tom
Paris Hilton

Bangkok Chick-boys

Ben: Oh, what you will have done is, when it flashed up on your screen, "Do you want to watch Bangkok Chick-boys?" you must have pressed the button that said "yes".

Alan: Yeah, well, as I say, it's very confusing.

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Jobs Horns

Hang on a minute...

Is it really that supid of him? Surely it's not that unreasonable to think that even Apple wouldn't be quite such thieving bastards as to charge $1000 for effectively nothing, so there was at least a possibility that there was something more to it? Clearly not, and it's a standard Apple product - looks pretty, but absurdly overpriced and only bought by cretins with more money than sense.

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Coat

"I AM RICH!!!"

... said the app's developer.

Wonder how many suck...err... unwitting iPhone users fell for this gimmick.

(My coat's the one with the thick wad of euro bills sticking out of the pocket, kplzthx.)

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Go

Make your own high-priced, vaguely useful app

Because someone will eventually buy it.

These are called TRINKET APPS. They have a purpose: they redistribute wealth from folks who want trinkets to the people who want money.

Obviously if you want to spend $1000 for a trinket, you should be able to do that.

I'm a tad confused why Apple would remove this. People want trinkets. Just look at all the materialistic folks out there...

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@Peter da Silva

"Where's the icon for Steve Jobs with horns, by the way? He needs equal time with Gates and Ballmer. :)"

Are you joking or have you really not noticed the two last icons (iCons?) ARE Steve Jobs??? I'd guess the latter, since a bunch of people make this comment... (genius-grade hint: hover your mouse over those two and see what shows; if it does not work with your browser, it is "iFan" and "iHate")

Now, regarding the "bling" (what a stupid word) app... It should most definitely be put back up, since it is honest and legitimate, as far as I understand from the articles I've read (I don't do iTunes, so I'll probably never see it). Period.

Of course, we could instead discuss the REAL issue of "returning" downloaded goods, which Amazon does not allow, for instance. I do buy MP3s from them, and you have to use one-click to download directly, and it does indeed behave exactly as the iTunes thing described (but I do know that and chose to have it so). It says "thank you and good buy". And they do tell you such things can't be returned and you won't get a refund, in some hidden place you have to look for:

"2.4 All Sales Final; Downloading and Risk of Loss; Availability of Digital Content. All sales of Digital Content are final. We do not accept returns of Digital Content. Once you have purchased Digital Content, we encourage you to download it promptly and to make back-up copies of it. [...]"

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Anonymous Coward

EU not FU

If this had happened in the EU, the buyers would be entitled (under distance-selling rules) to get their money back up to 30 days later.

The free market is an expensive place for buyers.

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iTwat ... but a little bit of iSympathy please

It doesn't seem that unreasonable to click "Buy" to discover exactly what the full cost is going to be, tax, postage and packing etc with a chance to back-out. That may not be applicable in this particular case but it's the usual modus-operandi for near everything else on-line.

Who hasn't been in a shop, pointed at something, and said, "I'd like to buy that" ? Most often in a car showroom or jewellers is it not ?

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Joe

@ Anonymous Coward

"of course he doesn't, he makes them by iphone/ipod/macs/other cheap made in china rubbish...."

Find me any piece of computer technology that isn't made in China!

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Go

@Did he get his money back?

He's too stupid to have money, why should he get it back.

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Coud this be...

...The guys best investment?

Since the app is now removed, and it's getting more and more publicity - any chance he could offload it to someone willing to pay a boat-load?

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Coat

WTF?

I used to just pop out the little tabs on the cassettes to disable recording. Put tape over the wholes if you really want to record over again. No problem.

"And all of a sudden it became possible to record by accident. And any time you fumbled and hit the wrong button you ended up blasting a big silent gap over your music and it was really annoying."

Mine's the one with thousands of little plastic tabs in the pocket.

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Anonymous Coward

To Sarah Bee

You will find the beef in the newest, most exciting iPhone application, called Beef. For just 499 US dollars, or the equivalent in the UK which is 499 GBP, you can have a photograph of some beef. On your iPhone. This reasonable price includes 90 days of application support, and early access to the beta of the Beef 2.0, which is anticipated in Q2 2009, as soon as Apple have completed the upgrade to their piss extraction and processing facility in Slough.

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Jobs Halo

Magic Beans For Sale Here !

I have some magic beans for sale here that when planted grow to give sold gold bean pods - yours for only £1999 + VAT.

Please make checks out to

The Magic Bean Co,

PO BOX 156

Lagos,

Nigeria.

In the words of Bugs Bunny - What a maroon !

Why Saint Steve ?

Because he is a genius at separating an idiot from his money !

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9 people bought it?

Ok, 7 now ... but man at $999 a piece, that seems quite enough to liquidate my debt!

I should've milked the iDiots first...

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