Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Apr 2012 23:51 UTC, submitted by bornagainenguin
Google "Just got off the phone with Google over their Android app store (Market or Google Play to those keeping track of the name changes) about an application that I purchased that can no longer be found. Evidentially their new policy in the Market can be summed up as a head shrug and the words 'I got mine'. They have decided their fifteen minute refund window is not only absolute, but also applies even in cases where the developers are actively screwing over their customers." Yes, it's an angry rant, and yes, if that bother you, you can skip it, but the guy or girl has a point. Google has some major work to do on the Play Store.
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sparkyERTW
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2010-06-09

While I sympathize with the author, this is nothing different than buying closed source software package in any store down the street.

The store could not be blamed for something that was obviously under the responsibility of the company developing the product.


This really sums it up. Buying closed-source software is no different then buying a product from some big-box retailer or department store. You're trusting that the manufacturer builds their stuff well, provides good support, etc. If they burn you, how much of that is really the store's fault? After all, their job is to supply what is demanded by customers... and you bought it, didn't you? Sure, a good store can carefully review the manufacturers and products they plan to sell, but it's not really their function.

It's up to the consumer to determine and decide their own risk/reward. Sucks, but that's how it is. If you want to buy product from a company that has a non-existent or suspect track record, could be bought/closed down at any time, and won't provide the means to make yourself self-sufficient when they go belly up, that's your prerogative.

I realize not all of us particularly like Richard Stallman or fully agree with everything he says, but this sort of thing is exactly what he's talking about when he talks about the unethical nature of closed-source software.

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