Does your iPhone-for-the-masses make you feel poor and ordinary? You need the I Am Rich app, which was available for sale on Apple’s app store for about a day (they removed it late yesterday afternoon, unfortunately). Priced at $999.99, it will place a big red jewel on your screen. Imagine how awesome you’ll look if you put this on a Swarovski-encrusted 3G model—$$$!!! [Technologizer via AppScout]

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  1. I think it also gives you a inspirational/informative message. Not that that in anyway is worth it.

  2. Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) says:

    I will make an app with TWO gems and sell it for $2499.99. Take THAT!

  3. zigziggityzoo says:

    already pulled from the app store.

  4. Wormfather is Wormfather says:

    @Git Em SteveDave displays attention-grabbing vanity: I’m crazy, but I would totally buy it, just to see the lady’s reaction.

    YOU BOUGHT WHAT!!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    @Git Em SteveDave displays attention-grabbing vanity: Would that happen to be “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and gosh darnit, my cock is huge”?

  5. tinyrobot says:

    And…. there’s one born every minute!

    Looks like good old fashioned blind American Consumerism had a chance to strike before it got pulled.

  6. mike says:

    Why was this pulled? Apple approved it to be in the store. For each purchase, apple would get a pretty slice of the action.

  7. howie_in_az says:

    @linus: Apple has to make way for other iffy apps, like the $12.99 app that replaces ~1k of Javascript to calculate monthly payments on a car loan.

  8. chucklebuck says:

    There’s a story Gizmodo links to about a guy who’s all mad because he bought it thinking it was a joke and is now calling the whole thing a scam. I’m not saying anything else because I don’t want to blame the consumer on this site.

  9. @linus: Well, the app is $1, and the shipping is $998, so Apple only gets a share of the $1.

  10. theblackdog says:

    @tinyrobot: I wonder if he will get to read the inspirational message before the charges are reversed (if they are reversed.)

  11. I thought this app was hilarious, except for the fact that it is way too easy to click-n-buy an app from the store. I’m sure 99% of the reviews were from people that didn’t buy it, it would have been too easy for those not paying attention to rack up that bill since Apple doesn’t present you with a shopping cart.

  12. PinkBox says:

    Haha, I love the irony. Sad that there are people willing to pay so much money for little status symbols.

  13. ceriphim says:

    Blame the consumer on this. From reading TFA, he clicked BUY thinking it was a joke.

    No joke, except to realize how full of fail he is. We all make stupid mistakes, stop trying to spend other people’s time and money (CCard company, Apple, ours, etc) because you’re an idiot. Try coming to terms with it.

    BTW, no, Apple is not some benevolent overlord lovingly shepherding it’s people, picking you up when you fall down on your bum, no matter how much the fanboys on Giz want to think it is. This issue is not strictly Apple’s fault. (God I never thought I would actually type that)

  14. sir_pantsalot says:

    Everyone wants the kool-Aid until after they drink it. Wake up you idiots and stop throwing you money at anything with a half eaten apple on it.

  15. snoop-blog says:

    status symbol? I though it symbolized how smart they are.

  16. sir_pantsalot says:

    @snoop-blog: In a way it does symbolize how smart they are.

  17. cmdrsass says:

    @ceriphim: We’re not allowed to blame the consumer anymore. No consumer is even 1% responsible for any mistake, problem, confusion, or bad experience. No sirree. It is Apple’s duty to protect the consumer from his or her own stupidity .. I mean they should have known he only clicked on it as a joke.

  18. Kilotonne says:

    Apple is laughing – all the way to the bank!

  19. m4ximusprim3 says:

    @sir_pantsalot: You, sir, have pockets full of rainbows. Very nice.

  20. Nytmare says:

    Why so shocked? I, too, think it was a joke.

  21. mike says:

    @howie_in_az: Wow. I should definately consider becoming a developer…

    By the by, only Mac people can be developers. How unfair is that?!

  22. @linus: It’s not unfair. It’s brilliiant (in a Microsoft sort of way).

    Actually, the developer kit uses Xcode, which I don’t think Apple feels like porting. It’s be like porting visual studio to Mac OS X: a lot of work, small gain.

  23. TuxRug says:

    This is the exact reason I have it ask for my password for every purchase, and have the shopping cart enabled, and do NOT have a CC# on file (I use gift cards exclusively). Someone gets a hold of my laptop and tries to buy something like that, it’ll say “Insufficient credit”, and they’d have to put in their own CC# if they really want to complete the purchase. They’d only get at most $50 of my money.

  24. yagisencho says:

    So…there’s no purchase confirmation screen when you buy apps on their store? Nothing stating something to the effect of “Your credit card will be charged in the amount of xxxx.xx. Do you wish to proceed?” If not, this would be the first instance I’d seen since 1997. Surely they’re not that half-assed?

  25. akalish says:

    This should be called the “I’m a douche who likes to throw money away” app.

  26. thrillwill says:

    And some idiot bought it!!!

    [www.theregister.co.uk]