Today there will be no pictures and images on this blog post, just words. I’m going to give my opinions, thoughts, feelings and experiences with the in-app purchases. The biggest questions that plays out in your head are “should I” or “shouldn’t I ?” The answer is to go with your gut. Your gut will tell you what “to buy” or “not to buy.”
In my experience, I’ve come across three types of people in the mobile community. When it comes to their point of view on in-app purchases. Below are the three types, I’ve come across in the community for the past 5 years.
Number 1: The ones who will buy anything and everything without thinking. I used to be that type of person in the beginning. I would buy it all because I had the money. Overtime I started to realize I was throwing my money away. Some of the blogs I subscribed at the time would tell me to buy this or that app. I would buy it based on their recommendations because they were the well respected experts. Then it turned out to be an app I wasted a lot money on because of these so-called experts. What made it worse was I bought into the in-app purchases too. I was using up space on my iPhone because I bought all this stuff based on their recommendations. My problem was I didn’t think for myself and depending on someone else to decide what I should buy. I’m a lot smarter now.
Number 2: The one who refuse to buy into anything. They believe everything should be free and come with the app. Believe or not I used to be that way with in-app purchases because of apps like Hipstamatic, Over and VSCO. I bought into most of these in-app purchases. I was feeling why am I shelling out money constantly for these apps. I’m not even using these packs. They end up just sitting around and forgotten. Then I gave up my job, so I didn’t have all this money to throw away on in-app purchases. Eventually this turned me into a bitter and unhappy person. I wanted some of the in-app purchases but couldn’t buy them. This is what made me a smarter person now.
Number 3: The one who thinks before they buy. This turned out to be the happy medium between the two types. Sometimes you have to ask yourself will I actually use this purchase more than 5 times. If yes, then get it. If no, then don’t get it. I’ve learn this is the way to go with in-app purchases. You end up being happier with what you have because you made the choices that fits with what you want to achieve. No one can fault you for making a wise choice. Now I make those wise choices.
These are my feelings, experiences and opinions on the in-app purchase dilemma. You may not agree with me but I know everyone has different perspective on this topic. Because let’s face it, we are all human…all I can say is learn from me and go from there.