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.