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Amazon Is Refunding Up To $70 Million In-App Purchases Made By Kids (cnn.com) 40

The Federal Trade Commission announced that refunds are now available for parents whose children made in-app purchases without their knowledge. Amazon dropped its appeal of last year's ruling by a federal judge who sided with the Federal Trade Commission in the agency's lawsuit again Amazon. According to a TechCrunch report, "the FTC's original complaint said that Amazon should be liable for millions of dollars it charged customers, because of the way its Appstore software was designed -- that is, it allowed kids to spend unlimited amounts of money in games and other apps without requiring parental consent." CNNMoney reports: According to the FTC, more than $70 million in charges may be eligible for refunds on in-app purchases made between November 2011 and May 2016. In 2014, Apple and Google refunded customers whose children made purchases in their mobile app stores, and the companies were forced to be more explicit about in-app purchases. Both firms no longer call apps "free" when they are free to download but have upgrades you can buy. Amazon sent eligible consumers an email to receive a refund. If you didn't get one and think you should be eligible, you can click here, or go to the Message Center to find out more information.
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Amazon Is Refunding Up To $70 Million In-App Purchases Made By Kids

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    Why do people continue to buy this apps ?? pay over and over for something you should pay only once?
    • Why do people continue to buy this apps ?? pay over and over for something you should pay only once?

      Many "free" apps have limited functionality, so you can try them out and see if they fit your needs, and then do an in-app purchase to turn on the full features. It is a good deal because you don't need to waste money on something before you are sure it is what you want.

    • It's kind of like selling a potato for $0.99 vs a bag with 10 potatoes for $4.99.

      There are a lot of people that thinks the $0.99 potato is better. All because they are in a mix of ignorant, stupid and bad at foreseeing future cost. They also think that $0.99 is better than $1, even when it becomes $1 after sells tax rounding numbers.

      So these free apps are just the result of those people earning them profits, including ignorant parents letting their kids buy in-apps items.

      • also some games had buy X with in game gold but the buy X with real cash screens look just about the same so that can confuse people. even more so kids who think they are just useing in game funds.

        and buying stuff in games is not new old NES and before had that.

  • if an arcade worked like apple ios used to be they be shutdown fast.

    Like we have lot's of free to play games with your (entry pass just to keep in line with having to buy an ios device) but that pass is one off and is good for at least 2+ years.

    But to play them you need to link your game card to you CC / bank account or you can jump thought a lot very poorly listed line of hoops to get an game card with out an payment system linked to it. (you can buy the same entry pass at other places for other stuff on t

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