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.

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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

Top Rated Comments

theheadguy Avatar
161 months ago
You'd think they would proofread it first.


You recently purchase the GameStore app.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ghostface147 Avatar
161 months ago
Why did anyone buy it at all? Do people buy apps just to have them?

That is correct.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Matthew Yohe Avatar
161 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.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Xenc Avatar
161 months ago
Only on MacRumours could a typo in an email generate such heated debate.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DUSTmurph Avatar
161 months ago
Once upon a time, Apple made a typo.

There were no survivors.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KnightWRX Avatar
161 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:
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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