Apps To Tell Everyone That You Are Rich, And Stupid

The most expensive app on the iTunes store is BarMax. This app sells for $999.99, the maximum price allowed by Apple for an iOS app, and is designed for law students preparing for the Bar exam. Many will think that spending a grand on an iPhone/iPad app is outrageous but BarMax is actually a bargain. Were you to buy all the books and study materials that BarMax contains, you would pay nearly $3,000.

While BarMax serves a purpose and even justifies its price, there was an app on the iTunes store that sold for $999.99 and served no purpose other than to tell everyone that you are rich…. and stupid.

Apps developer Armin Heinrich released the I Am Rich app to the iTunes Store on August 5, 2008. The app contains a glowing red gem, and an icon that when pressed, displayed the following mantra in large text:

I am rich
I deserv it
I am good,
healthy &
successful

The application is described as “a work of art with no hidden function at all”, with its only purpose being to show other people that they were able to afford it, making it a Veblen good.

The app was on iTunes for only a day before Apple removed it. However, eight copies were sold before the app came down. Six US sales at $999.99 and two European ones for €799.99 netted between $5,600 to $5,880 for Heinrich and $2,400 $2,520 for Apple. Two of the buyers later requested a refund, proving that while they were rich enough to buy a $1,000 app, they were not stupid enough to keep it.

While $1,000 apps that says you’re rich are no longer available on iTunes, those who wish to proclaim their app richness can head on over to the Android Marketplace and download the I Am Richer app for $200, the max price imposed by Google. If that’s not rich enough for you, you can get I Am Rich (this one developed by DotNetNuzzi, but useless as the original) at the Windows Phone Marketplace for more richly $499.99, the price cap imposed by Microsoft.

While it’s not clear if the new I Am Rich or I Am Richer will really make you look rich, it’s 100% clear that the app will make you look really stupid.


43 thoughts on “Apps To Tell Everyone That You Are Rich, And Stupid”

  1. I love this post! Really funny and enjoyable. Being rich and stupid makes for an interesting combination. I guess those who inherited their wealth are the only ones that can belong to this category. Or maybe if they won the lottery.

    1. That reminds me of Lost and 4 8 15 16 23 42. if you get my drift.

  2. Enzo Testa says:

    A grand may be a little much. I spent 60$ on the TomTom gps app for my iphone. It’s neat how the voice will play over my car stereo speakers.

  3. Michael Kwan says:

    What? No credit to me for telling you about the I Am Rich app?

    1. Abhik says:

      OMG!! John has cheated on you, Michael.
      Go file a lawsuit πŸ˜€

    2. John Chow says:

      You didn’t tell me. You just just reminded me. πŸ™‚

  4. abdullah says:

    Ya really funny but man follow it, it is key of success
    Thank john

  5. Madu khaula says:

    One thing for sure is that the inventor is really smart…..
    come on, 999USD for such a simple application could make you a wealthy person…

    it just show that some weird idea really sell πŸ™‚
    PS: except for the refund…

  6. Dealbulous says:

    I wonder why does Apple approve the “I Am Rich” app in the first place.

    1. They earned commission from the app.

  7. The last idiot is not born yet, it’s comes new idiots every day that buy anything and everything, regardless of whether they need it or not.

  8. Azam says:

    The 2 buyers who requested refund are a bit smarter…
    πŸ™‚

    1. Madu khaula says:

      couldn’t agree more Azam πŸ™‚
      just a quick question, can the buyer get the money back by requesting the refund? and how long the process?

      i have tried to do that before, but i never get it, am I missing something here…

      1. John Chow says:

        You just have to wait until Apple sends you a receipt for the purchase in your email and then click the “Report A Problem” link.

        1. Madu khaula says:

          thank you so much John.
          i’m not so tech savvies πŸ™‚

          the same thing happen when i buy the android app…but the procedure is not to complicated

  9. Adrian Chu says:

    Are these “I AM RICH” apps only available in English? How about making one in Chinese for the Mainland China market? I am certain someone will want to be more distinguished and will actually be willing to purchase the real app instead of downloading a pirated copy.

    Any thoughts?

  10. Abhik says:

    Ghoss!!
    That’s the smartest get rich quick trick I have ever seen πŸ™‚

  11. Wow!!! I had no idea there was an app that cost a grand. I always thought that the sat nav apps you see for just less than 100 were stupidly priced.

  12. ZEN says:

    That’s foolish! Imaging what people can do with 999,9$ while some body pay it for the app which don’t for any thing.. Only for tell every body know he’s so rich!!!

  13. Enstine Muki says:

    I’m wondering if someone could come up with ‘I am poor and wise’ and let those who think they are wise show proof of their wisdom by acquiring a copy πŸ™‚

    1. Madu khaula says:

      haha,

      you sure are very creative.. maybe you can build it and see what happens.. πŸ™‚
      and i bet people will buy it.

    2. You are really funny dude..

  14. fas says:

    Its insane how people have so much ego.

  15. HeQris says:

    lol, tanks for your sharing, nice post,

  16. Great post.. Loved this “proving that while they were rich enough to buy a $1,000 app, they were not stupid enough to keep it.” rofl πŸ™‚

  17. Kristen says:

    LOL hilarious! And I’ve gotta say, props to Armin Heinrich for coming up with this awesome idea. Wish I’d thought of it!

  18. fazal mayar says:

    nice post, i find people that are billionaires and dont share a bit of their wealth very stupid

    1. Madu khaula says:

      but i do find some bllioanaires like Warren Buffet is very generous.
      one report i read said that he is willing to contribute his 99% of wealth for good deed..
      don’t know whether it is true or not,

      but at least, the 1% of his wealth is still a million USD πŸ™‚

    2. If they were stupid, they wouldn’t be billionaires.

  19. PPC Ian says:

    Really cool post, I had never heard of BarMax. It is a value when you consider what you get. Still expensive, but worth it for law students.

  20. kavya Hari says:

    Its really great to hear like its designed by law students πŸ™‚ Its nice post on here πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for given up here πŸ™‚

  21. Haha – I remember reading about this app. That’s pretty funny those other people actually kept the app. Why would you want to own a $1000 app that did nothing?!

    1. One of the most basic things about human psych, showing off. πŸ™‚

  22. The most expensive and not useful apps in iTunes store. If the apps really got sales,the designer of the apps sure is very happy. πŸ™‚

  23. yes, if you buy this you are rich, rich to spend money for nonsense stuff.

  24. I remember this! I participated in a tech quiz last year and a question related to this app was asked. Only if I knew it then…

    But who cares as long as the developer made money and the customer feels proud?

  25. strange to see that 8 people order that apps. I am not sure about how reach they are but very sure about their stupidity level

  26. How does the application works and suggest am rich

  27. This is pretty stupid – but the App developer was genius for trying it – If some people are stupid enough to spend their money on things like that; the developer should have sent all proceeds to a charity. πŸ˜€

  28. Chris McCoy says:

    Only one thousand? If I really wanted to show off my rich-ness, I’d buy an app worth at least a few mill.

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