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2012-08-15 02:22:27 PM
Would you buy an app from a general's widow?
 
2012-08-15 02:24:21 PM

MBooda: Would you buy an app from a general's widow?


But I'm certain she can hook you up with high-priced Rocket Propelled Grenades.
 
2012-08-15 02:26:54 PM
the big budget RPGs were the reason I quit gaming... do I really need another book on this stupid vampire clan? I get it, they're crazy!
 
2012-08-15 02:27:26 PM
What a Nigerian playing an RPG might look like

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-15 02:28:52 PM
Sure, the app is $100, but you need it to claim the $1,300,000 lottery your great uncle left you....
 
2012-08-15 02:29:42 PM
I saw "RPG", "Nigeria" and "mobile app" and immediately thought some arms dealer actually developed an iPhone app. I'm not sure what would be of greater concern, if someone actually did it or if Apple approved it.
 
2012-08-15 02:32:56 PM
It's a scam.
 
2012-08-15 02:48:51 PM
Feels to me like this might be a way to launder money. Just a weird thought, But develop easy app, get apple to approve it, create dummy accounts to buy it. Apple takes their cut, but all the sudden it's clean money.

(Am i missing something on this process? I don't know what % apple takes on these things, so I don't know whether it would be viable)
 
2012-08-15 03:11:39 PM

Poorlytoldjoke: Feels to me like this might be a way to launder money. Just a weird thought, But develop easy app, get apple to approve it, create dummy accounts to buy it. Apple takes their cut, but all the sudden it's clean money.

(Am i missing something on this process? I don't know what % apple takes on these things, so I don't know whether it would be viable)


30%. If bank wires are unavailable for whatever reason, that might be worth it, and what better way to hide your dirty money than a bible app?
 
2012-08-15 03:14:14 PM
In other news, there are 100 million smart phone users in Nigeria.
 
2012-08-15 03:32:27 PM

foxyshadis: Poorlytoldjoke: Feels to me like this might be a way to launder money. Just a weird thought, But develop easy app, get apple to approve it, create dummy accounts to buy it. Apple takes their cut, but all the sudden it's clean money.

(Am i missing something on this process? I don't know what % apple takes on these things, so I don't know whether it would be viable)

30%. If bank wires are unavailable for whatever reason, that might be worth it, and what better way to hide your dirty money than a bible app?


I also have no idea if there is a need to launder money in nigeria, or if people would just use them to funnel their money. Lots of princes there with unclaimed fortunes, from my understanding.
 
2012-08-15 04:20:46 PM
CHARTERED FINANCIAL ANALYST Level II app for $100? Umm, yeah, good luck in getting someone outside Nigeria to trust you with their finances and investments even after you earn that certification.
 
2012-08-15 04:24:10 PM
RPGs are very popular in Africa and SW. Asia.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-15 04:29:48 PM
$100 apps, bibles and big-budget RPGs

Shoot, a feller could have a good time in Lagos with all that stuff.
 
2012-08-15 04:39:36 PM

stuhayes2010: In other news, there are 100 million smart phone users in Nigeria.


quite a few of handset owners there have multiple handsets on prepaid plans. they will just fill up their credit with whichever provider has the best deal at the time.

Nigeria's middle class is roughly 23% of its population, a similar proportion to China, and more than 4 times that of India.
 
2012-08-15 05:11:41 PM
Interesting how that relates to the spate of religiously motivated violence in the country, where Christians can genuinely claim to being persecuted (I count attacking churches as persecution), the oil industry is virtually unregulated, and where the gov't is corrupt as all hell. Remember who the gangsters were in District 9? The place has a reputation, and it ain't that of your Empire's Nigeria.
 
2012-08-15 06:48:58 PM
Please....
 
2012-08-15 09:29:30 PM
FTA: In contrast, 9 out of the 10 highest-grossing iPhone apps in America are free.

Must be a new definition of gross
 
2012-08-16 12:56:15 AM
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7269544/78742728#c78742728" target="_blank">SoundOfOneHandWanking</a>:</b> <i>FTA: In contrast, 9 out of the 10 highest-grossing iPhone apps in America are free.

Must be a new definition of gross</i>


Downloadable content (microtransactions) I would assume. Farmville is technically free to play as well.

Anyway, this is very strange to me. I always saw Nigeria as well... quintessentially African.
People playing Final Fantasy clones on iPhones there sounds anachronistic. I'll have to read up on Nigeria now.
 
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