Apps can break your bank

By Kennedy Werner

It’s a serious decision for most of us to either confirm purchase or hit cancel when an app costs $1.99. “$1.99 for an app? Is it really worth it?” But what about when an app costs $999.99? There’s no typo there, and that’s almost $1,000 for an iPhone/iPad app. So are they worth the heavy price? Who’s buying these types of apps anyway? What’s so special about them?

Seemingly the most fascinating of all is the $999.99 “VIP Black” app. Some call it “The Millionaire Club”, and others, “Groupon for the Rich”; it essentially offers privileges and inside deals for those with expensive tastes. Services are listed among the following categories: airport lounges, bars and clubs, butlers, cars, concierge, events and experiences, personal styling, private travel, property, shopping, and beyond. Here’s the catch: after purchasing the app, one must confirm their net worth is at or above $1,587,100.00. The company also offers cheaper apps ($149.99) specifically for deals in desired places like London, New York City, and Russia.

Probably one of the more intriguing apps is called “DDS GP Yes!”, which enables dental professionals to enhance presentation of a patient’s condition and treatment. The app displays graphics, actual photos, and draw-on capabilities. This “#1 iPhone/iPad app for dentists worldwide” costs $499.99, and it seems worth the big bucks since it helps patients recognize and accept their condition.

For those that are big entertainment junkies, this app may interest your wallet. “SongBook DS” allows users to control music throughout their home speakers for $49.99. Sure, this price is not horrible compared to “VIP Black”, except that it used to cost the same whooping $999.99. The app allows different songs to be played from one device in multiple rooms. Don’t go splurging quite yet; a simpler version of the app called “SongBook Lite” incorporates the exact same features for the cheaper price of $8.99.

By far the silliest of apps (perhaps a scam) for its expense is “Water Globe”. “Water Globe” reveals a set of interactive snow globes. Users can adjust amounts of snowflakes, shake the screen to make them fly, and change the globe for personal preferences to leave as a screen saver. A $219.99 screensaver sounds outrageous to most, but reviews from its owners in the app store rave of the app’s delightfulness.

So you decide: do epidemics like “Flappy Bird”, “Temple Run”, or “Angry Birds” satisfy your app fetish? If not, perhaps spending some extra money will fulfill your app needs.

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