Kid spends $7,500 on in-game purchases because that's what kids do when you hand them an iPad and unlimited money

Kid spends $7,500 on in-game purchases because that's what kids do when you hand them an iPad and unlimited money
There's lots to be said about the epidemic of children racking up hugh bills due to uncontrolled spending on in-app purchases within mobile games. As with most children, the problem starts with the parents, of course. You don't simply hand over your kid a tablet with a linked credit card and no password protection expecting an unscathed bank balance!

In this particular case, the 11-year old boy spent close to $7500 on virtual items. It took him very little time, too – $875 were gone in 5 minutes, then $1376 in half an hour. And to think there are people out there who literally can't figure out what to spend their cash on! Children sure are amazing teachers.

Apple will be refunding the negligent parents, despite having every right not to. Meanwhile, game developers are evil for legally coming up with the most optimal monetization possible for their product. That's not really how the world works, but reason isn't a driving factor behind most of its workings now, is it?

Hopefully, little Alfie will grow a little more respectful of spending after inadvertently causing mom, dad, and a rich multinational company this much headache.

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source: BBC via The Next Web

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22 Comments

1. rockvarun

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

LOL

2. southernzombie

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Slow news day.

3. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Yup, must be slow news day

4. Unordinary unregistered

Ok???

5. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Do an article on restrictions in iOS. I have disabled data and in app purchases for games on my iOS devices.

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Dumb parents. Should confirm the password with every purchase.

7. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

If someone handed me 'unlimited' money (say a billion dollars), I would give most of it away. The $ I still do have would hardly be spent on apps.

8. southernzombie

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I am curious tho, was it in just one app or multiple and what app or apps he was using?

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

on the other side of that stories.. game developers just lost $7500 because of this refund :-/

9. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Why is it almost always on iOS that we hear this happens? Are parents with Android devices that much better at setting up passwords?

10. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

https://lunapps.com/blog/why-do-iphone-users-spend-more-money-than-android-users/ A detailed analysis into certain aspects of your first question. The second question is hyperbolic to the tenth degree. You see stories like this once a quarter, if that. Hardly enough of a sample to make a broad claim as you have.

12. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That's why I don't have any bank info on my mobile devices and paying through my carrier is disabled.

13. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

That's why I don't have any kids.

14. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't either but I live with some.

17. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Still, you shouldn't forget to set up a password on your iOS device. @Arch_Fiend

18. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I have an alphanumeric code of course and I make use of touch ID as well :-)

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's it, you're a wise guy... aren't you! ☺☺☺ But your TouchID can be lifted (copied) too... just saying.

22. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Wise...Paranoid....Same thing I suppose lol. Yes it can, that's why I restart my iPhone before bed so it'll require the password, I don't always do this though. Also if some one can get my finger prints without me noticing then they are a wizard and deserve the phone and all it's useless info lol.

15. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Typical example of apple's top customers...

16. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Make the parent pay so they learn something lol. Oh well, Apple been ripping people off years after years anyway. $7500 is nothing to them.

20. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I don't know why Apple shouldn't pay them back. 11 year olds cannot be bound to contracts. A credit purchase is a contract.

21. tokuzumi

Posts: 1929; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I have the touch id enabled for any purchases on my iPhone. I would not allow anyone other than me to have a fingerprint programmed into the phone.

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