Apple Refunds Parents After Kid Buys $2500 Worth of In-App Purchases Within 15 Minutes

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The BBC highlights an incident from the UK where Danny Kitchen, a five-year old kid spent more than $2500 (£1700) on in-app purchases in a freemium game on his iPad within a span of just fifteen minutes.

Danny mistakenly downloaded a number of £70 dart and bomb purchases offered in Zombies vs Ninja, which ended up totalling to £1700.

Danny’s parents were notified of the purchases a few days later when they got a call from their credit card company to enquire about the unusual transaction. They thought the iTunes emails, which arrived just a day after the purchase, were sent in error and ignored them.

Fortunately in this case, Apple has offered to refund the £1700 spent by Danny as a special case.

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While iOS does have a pretty robust parental control system that gives parents the ability to disable in-app purchases entirely, many parents aren’t aware of it or don’t realize the implications of not disabling it.

We have seen more app developers taking the freemium route as opposed to the traditional model of charging an upfront one-time fee. Most recently, EA chose to release Real Racing 3 as a free title that features a lot of add-ons which can be purchased when needed.

BBC via MacRumors, Image via Gizmodo UK

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  • DJ

    I accidentally downloaded a “clean” version of an album. Emailed Apple and they refunded me the cost as a one time exception. Granted mine was only $9.99 USD.

  • grem

    the perants should have watched him its not down to apple to supervise their child for them
    very nice gesture from apple as id have said tuff lol

    • hazmobile

      obviously you don’t have kids…

      • grem

        fyi i have four kids people need to take responsibility

  • Bigdanbo

    Grem u bum hole