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Know anybody who purchased $99.99 IAP packages?

02-18-2014, 01:22 AM
Joined: May 2013
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Know anybody who purchased $99.99 IAP packages?

So, my kids and I play Dragonvale together, and today they came to me wanting to buy gems..... I generally don't buy any IAP, but especially not consumables. But my kids were trying to tell me how the $99.99 IAP was really a better bargain than $5 IAP.... LOL.

But I started wondering about whether people really do buy that much IAP.

I think the absolute dumbest IAP is found for slots.... You could potentially spend $99.99 for 30 minutes of gameplay... Maybe even less than that!
02-18-2014, 07:13 PM
While I personally don't know anyone, I'm sure people do. I've seen a lot of apps with iAP that were that expensive. If no one ever bought it, I feel like they wouldn't include it at all. I think I remember hearing also that someone spent like a $1000 on a Facebook farming game. O_o

By the way, the $99 package is better than the $5 one! You save 5% more if you buy the $99 package rather than buying 20 $5 packages! Do it!

02-18-2014, 07:34 PM
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Haha! I can do the math.

I only buy unlocks, never consumables.
02-18-2014, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Papa Deuce View Post
I only buy unlocks, never consumables.
Good on you, if only everyone else did the same, the App Store would be a better place. ...IMO

Last iOS game I bought: 6/1/15
02-19-2014, 12:54 AM
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Agreed, might force content over skewered game design.
02-19-2014, 06:07 PM
Originally Posted by Papa Deuce View Post
Haha! I can do the math.

I only buy unlocks, never consumables.
Smart person
02-19-2014, 06:53 PM
This type of thing is generally included to make people feel better about purchasing lower tier options.

If you see that there are three options more expensive than the one you're considering, you're more likely to purchase something than if you're looking at the most expensive option.

It works both ways - companies often keeps around products that they know aren't great, because people feel better about buying something that isn't the lowest tier.

Sellers have been using this trick for years, it's not new to IAP

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02-20-2014, 03:19 AM
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Make your kids hate Freemium!
02-21-2014, 04:45 AM
My mother has bought the $100 iap A LOT of times on a poker game for chips that of course have no value. But in her defense she is crazy.
02-21-2014, 04:58 AM
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Yeah i always wondered who were the people who buy these ridiculously high IAP's, just crazy. Thats one major reason why devs keep adding IAP's like this because of these 'people'.