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Apple Issues Refunds for "Premature" Purchases of GameStore App

Earlier this week, an app called GameStore was accidentally made available for purchase on the App Store. The app, which appeared to be a test or development app of some sort, offered several racing-themed in-app purchases but without any actual functionality. The app was quickly removed from the store, and now Apple is issuing refunds to users who purchased the app.


We received this email from iTunes Support, claiming that the GameStore app was "made available for sale prematurely."
You recently purchase the GameStore app. The app was made available for sale prematurely. We apologize for the problem and have refunded the purchase amount back to your account. These funds will be applied to your original payment method within 5 business days.

Sincerely,
iTunes Store Customer Support

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37 months ago
You'd think they would proofread it first.


You recently purchase the GameStore app.

Rating: 11 Votes
37 months ago

I think Arn should validate the email. I think it is fake. No way Apple sends an email with typos and poor grammar.


I think a way that you could validate the email is to look at who Apple addressed it to.
Rating: 9 Votes
37 months ago

Why did anyone buy it at all? Do people buy apps just to have them?


That is correct.
Rating: 9 Votes
37 months ago
Once upon a time, Apple made a typo.

There were no survivors.
Rating: 6 Votes
37 months ago
Well that's bizarre. Why would they call it premature? It's a testing suite from two years ago...
Rating: 5 Votes
37 months ago

We received this email from iTunes Support, claiming that the GameStore app was "made available for sale prematurely."

From: iTunes Store Support
Subject: Your purchase of the GameStore app
Date: January 4, 2012 5:29:49 PM MST
To: tips@macrumors.com

Dear Arnold,

You recently purchase the GameStore app. The app was made available for sale prematurely. We apologize for the problem and have refunded the purchase amount back to your account. These funds will be applied to your original payment method within 5 business days.

Sincerely,
iTunes Store Customer Support
http://www.apple.com/support/itunes/ww/


Anyone else surprised Apple would have such poor grammar ? :eek:
Rating: 5 Votes
37 months ago
Agree on the proofreading. I wonder if they are also refunding the in-game purchases which they did not mention in their misspelled notice, probably written by an Indian or Chinese citizen. :D

I noted the release coincided with a change in the store to address uploads regarding recent iBooks (whatever) stuff.

Rocketman

P.S. China+, here we come on iPhone 4S . . . .
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago

I think a way that you could validate the email is to look at who Apple addressed it to.


I'm surprised that macrumors uses their tips@macrumors.com email for their iTunes account.
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago

Arn's error what ? If Arn copy/pastes the original Apple text, how is the typo's Arn's fault ?


It is the responsibility of the editor (or whoever is responsible for proofing the article before it is published) to recognize any grammatical or spelling error in any quote by following it with [sic].

This indicates that the error was on the part of the source quoted, and not the publisher.

Until Arn acknowledges that it was an error on behalf of the source and not his own, it is technically his error.
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago
Why did anyone buy it at all? Do people buy apps just to have them?
Rating: 4 Votes

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