Exact Imitation is the Most Sincere Form of Thievery

Exact Imitation is the Most Sincere Form of Thievery

OK, Apple.

I turned the other cheek when another app with the name “Cheap Gas” showed up in the app store.  That was also a GasBuddy.com client, and differed in name only by some hyphenated bullshit tacked onto the end of “Cheap Gas.”

Fine.  It’s a crowded little space (GasBuddy.com, GasBag, iGasUp, Cheap Gas!). Build a better mousetrap, yada yada yada. Fine.

When a THIRD app shows up – named “Cheap Gas Finder” – and uses the “Cheap Gas!” application in iTunes VERBATIM as their app description… well, let’s just say “enough’s enough.”

It’s not like Cheap Gas! is an obscure app.  It’s not a world beater, but it’s fairly well known, with well over 400,000 downloads.

How in the hell can anyone simply tack on a word of a popular app, steal their description VERBATIM, and still get approved into the App Store?

Am I pissed?  Really, more disappointed than pissed.

I’m used to being kissed before I get screwed.

So, there’s THAT.

Below are the screen shots of my app, and the two copycat apps.

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