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Reviewing your own iPhone app

06-27-2009, 07:14 AM
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Reviewing your own iPhone app

Hands up if you initially review ( and give 5 stars ) to your own iPhone app? :P
06-27-2009, 07:46 AM
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To do that you would have to buy the app. And 30% of your app price would go to Apple. Which means you would lose 30% of your app's price. Unless your app is free. If you really want to do it, you could, but you would lose some money.

06-27-2009, 07:53 AM
#3
You could always launch at 99c, rate your app and then put the price up

Doing PR (sending releases and codes out for review) takes time and costs money. Paying money to Apple is just the same really - it's the cost of a little PR.

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06-27-2009, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by froggy1233 View Post
To do that you would have to buy the app.
It is free with a promo code.
06-27-2009, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by DaveMc99 View Post
It is free with a promo code.
Hmm...Never thought of that...
06-27-2009, 09:38 AM
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Haha - come on guys, after all the time and money you invest into making an app, its price is a drop in the bucket. If a developer balks at paying full price for their own app, how do you expect customers to do it?

And developers better be buying their own apps, if only to test that everything is working properly in the public version.
06-28-2009, 09:26 AM
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I must be weird, I find it completely unethical to review my own apps and so haven't and will not do so.

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06-28-2009, 09:33 AM
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I must be weird, I find it completely unethical to review my own apps and so haven't and will not do so.
Do you find it unethical to convince family, friends, coworkers to leave reviews?
06-28-2009, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by DaveMc99 View Post
Do you find it unethical to convince family, friends, coworkers to leave reviews?
If they wish to leave an honest review that is up to them. If you have to convince them, then possibly yes as they will then potentially not give an accurate review but will just be doing something for you.

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06-28-2009, 09:47 AM
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If they wish to leave an honest review
Not sure why people care so much about anonymous reviews.. in the case of Fatty! the developer gave out 100 promo codes here so it has 41 5 stars but it also has 44 1 stars. Which are the honest reviews? Think the reviews say more more about the marketing of an app than the quality.