Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 12:57 UTC
Google Without giving any detailed information, Madfinger Games announced that because the piracy rates of their game Dead Trigger were so high on Android, they made the game available for free. This sucks balls. I'm interested in more detailed statistics, especially where, exactly, the piracy rate is highest, considering you can only get paid Google Play applications in 31 countries, and then, often only with a credit card (which many people outside of the US don't have and/or use). It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if those piracy rates mostly come from places without paid applications support and/or with lousy payment options. In any case, Google needs to get its act together with the Play Store.
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RE[6]: What about kids?
by earksiinni on Tue 24th Jul 2012 06:00 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: What about kids?"
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Not sure why I've never read this yet when credit cards get debated here, but the big reason why many (maybe most?) Americans use credit cards is because credit card companies offer cash back bonuses. Most people that I know pay their balance off in full every month, but we end up saving money with 1%-5% cash back or by earning frequent flier miles. It makes me feel silly when I pay $3 for milk with a credit card, but hey, I'm getting money back, so why not? Most credit cards do not charge a fee for using/having them, and if you pay your balance off in full within a month you pay no interest whatsoever. Also, debit cards here often charge a small ($0.25) transaction fee. In other words, it has nothing whatsoever to do with a cultural difference.

Of course, for all that money that the companies lose on their cash back bonuses, they more than make up for in fees and those times when someone gets desperate and puts down an important payment on a high interest credit card...

Edited 2012-07-24 06:01 UTC

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