Dude, it's a niche app, not a staple food item.
Dude, I'm not the one who compared it to a mango to begin with.
If some one else is making a free app that does the same thing, then by all means get the free app. If you don't need the app at all, then by all means, don't buy the app. In the time you spend complaining about it you could have served 10 happy meals and afforded the app and a coke. How much is your time really worth, and why is it "outrageous" when some one else asks to be paid for their time?
Or, I could spend that money on something else. Or just not spend the money and put it into savings instead. And I never said it was outrageous (that was lolgaxe). I've simply said it's not worth $2 to me.
And by the way, the "free" alternative you're talking about?
SE provides a web site showing server status for FFXI. I expect they'll do the same for FFXIV if they haven't already done so. That should be easy enough to access on any device that can run the game
I'm really interested to know what you do for a living, because I can't imagine you running any kind of successful business or even negotiating a competitive wage for yourself when you get mad over a 2 dollar, niche app.
I'm a programmer. I don't write software that consumers buy. I work for a company that provides internet service, and I write software to help us manage the network. I'm also not "getting mad" over $2. I'm just not going to spend $2 on this app.
But that's enough about me. The important thing here is how businesses are run. One basic business principle in an open market system is that you don't price your product based on your cost. You price your product based on what the market will bear. If you charge more than people are willing to spend, your product will fail to sell. If you charge less than what people are willing to spend, you're making less money than you could be simply by charging more.
Having said that, the cost to provide the product or service is still a factor in a separate business decision. If it costs more to make your product than you can sell it for, then you should just not sell that product. Raising your price to exceed your cost doesn't help, because you're now losing sales due to the higher price.
Lyonheart, like Eorzia, will be reborn in FFXIV!
FFXI veteran (Lyonheart and Lakiskline of Lakshmi)
1/467 on signed HQ Weskit!!!