One of the things I really, really dislike about the Apple App Store is that there is no easy refund system in place for apps. On Android, if I am looking for an app to do a specific thing, I will usually find three to four prospective apps and download them all. I don’t worry too much if they all cost money, because I have 15 minutes to get any refunds from the apps I don’t like or want.
The App Store doesn’t have a good refund system in place. I’ve heard of people emailing developers to get refunds, but it is up to the developer whether or not they want to give the refund. Some developers might not even respond to your email request for a refund. You can also try to go through the App Store support department to get a refund, but each refund request has to be approved by someone, so you better have a good reason. Plus, it is very annoying to have to basically open a support ticket for every $0.99 app for which you want to get a refund. So if I want to try an app, I am pretty much stuck paying for all the apps I download until I find the one that does what I need it to. This means that I could end up paying $10 to find the $0.99 cent app that I finally decide to use.
I no longer worry about this. The reason for this is something that Calob talked about a couple months ago, FreeMyApps. After he posted that article, I decided to give it a try. Here it is, months later, and I have gotten over $40 in App Store credits. I can honestly say that nothing negative has come from me using FreeMyApps. I haven’t seen an increase in spam emails. Nobody has stolen my Apple ID information. In short, for just minutes a week, I get free money for apps. The best part, though, is that which I already mentioned: I can now try out a couple different apps before finding the right one without worrying about it costing me a ton of money.
Has FreeMyApps changed the way you buy apps from Apple? If so, let me know how in the comments below.