So I just wanted to give all the parents of young children out there a heads up.
If youre a parent Im sure youve let your young one play games on your phone. Maybe youve even gone so far as to let them download what they want to play. I am one of those people. My kids have never had an issue with downloading paid applications and Ive constantly stressed to them to stay in the "free" section.
Recently though, after checking my bank account, I noticed a few separate charges totaling almost $100.
Guess what the charges say... GOOGLE *FREE APPS
GOOGLE.COM/CHCA -$49.99 .... Ironic dont you think?
It was my wifes kindle that my youngest had been playing with. I checked all the apps wondering what he could have possibly bought. Every app was coming up clean. So far, no app even had the ability to purchase anything. That was until I came to the end. YUMMY BURGER KIDS COOKING GAME. Sounds innocent enough. I opened it up and was stunned. Its free to download but your immediately asked to make purchases. Any purchase made requires no authorization. Just another press of a button and it goes through. The way the app is designed, a kid would have no clue theyre even making a purchase. Its laid out in a "cute" restaurant menu style page.
So some of you may be saying, "its your fault, you should have been watching." Quite correct. I learned my lesson. So let my mistake be a lesson to you all. Though I trust my kids not to download inappropriate or paid apps, I SHOULD be keeping a more watchful eye over them. With that said, I still feel the developer of these "KIDS" apps is a douche. The app is designed in a way to get your children to make these accidental purchases, and once made, well, too bad your fault. I have never come across another app that makes purchases so ridiculously EASY. Every app with in-app purchases comes up with multiple pages where you can always go back. With this though, any accidental press may end up with you paying through the nose.
Check the app out for yourself (
). Check all the one star reviews. See how many other people have been victimized. I dont know why this is allowed. So what did I end up paying nearly $100 for?
$8 For "Kids stand mode"...
$35 for "Cheats"
$50 To "Unlock All"...
I cant even figure out what "Cheats" does!!!
Thank god $100 wont make or break me. But read some of those reviews. Youll see a few are single moms where $100 spent can completely ruin their budget. A request for a refund was sent a week ago, and I havent even received so much as a simple "NO". I read the reviews on a few of the other devs apps and they seem to be the same case.
Sorry to bore any of you. I just needed to vent.