How do I research whether an iOS app is a good buy or not?

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Buying an app is similar to buying a website, with a few key differences. You’ll want to conduct due diligence for your purchase, both by carefully examining the app and by finding other information about the application and the seller.


In-app research

  • Read the app’s listing very carefully.

  • Download the application and test it on your own device.

  • Investigate any warnings associated with the listing data.

  • Ask any questions you have about the listing data in the Comments section of the listing or via Private Messages.

  • Ask the seller how much time they’ve put into the app, and how much maintenance it requires. If they have outsourced some of the development work for the app, find out if the developer(s) will agree to working with the new owner.

Off-app research

  • Google the name of the seller and the app to check for red flags.

  • Skype or call the seller to discuss the sale.

  • RipOffReport should reveal if the app or business has been mentioned in any scams.

  • Pacer.gov will reveal details of any legal action taken against the seller or business.

  • If the seller is local, or the value of the transaction is large, arrange to meet with them to discuss or view further details of the app.

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