FTC Looking Into Kids Racking Up In-App Purchase

FTC Looking Into Kids Racking Up In-App Purchase

After stories came out like the 8-year-old girl who ran up a $1400 iTunes bill buying Smurberries inside the “Smurf Village” game for iPad, the Washington Post reports the FTC has said that it is going to look at how in-app purchases are marketed and delivered. [More]

8-Year-Old Girl Racks Up $1,400 Bill Playing "Smurfs
Village" iPad Game

8-Year-Old Girl Racks Up $1,400 Bill Playing "Smurfs Village" iPad Game

A 2nd-grader managed to rack up a $1,400 bill for her parents over break while playing the “Smurfs Village”, a Farmville-esque iPad game, reports the Washington Post. Like many of these app-based games, the game is free but you can purchase in-app upgrades, with real money, to speed your progress. In this case, you can get a “bucket of snowflakes” for $19 or a “wagon of smurfberries” for $99. Needless to say, her mother became quite blue in the face. [More]