The strange, shady world of $1,000 iOS apps

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  1. sobore
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    The Fleas is an iOS action game that tasks you with dispatching pests as they make their home on the back of your furry friend. It's interesting for two reasons: First, it has a retro art style the harkens back to the early days of cinema. The second reason is that it's priced at US$999.99.

    The app was created by Vhlamlab, which, as far as I can tell, is comprised of a single person. His name is Sergiy Grachov and he lives in Cuba. I tracked Grachov down purely out of curiosity's sake, but what he shared with me shows that despite Apple reportedly tweaking its App Store algorithms, it's still entirely possible to game the marketplace for profit.

    To be clear, Grachov emphasized that he has never engaged in these scams techniques himself, but he has seen them utilized firsthand.

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  2. dstober

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    That some people have actually paid $999.99 is nuts. That people are gaming the App Store maybe isn't so surprising.
    What a world!
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    Seems like a pretty good way to make use of stolen credit card information.
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