Toss that old rabbit's foot in the garbage. You don't need it for good luck anymore. Now, there's an app for that.
Praise for the good luck app Lucky Cactus has been pouring in. Consumers are thanking the developers, giving the app credit for helping them pass exams, avoid car accidents and even survive near-death experiences. This wouldn't be that odd if the app was free, but the strange thing is that consumers are willing to pay $10 for this "lucky" download.
How did the app's popularity spread? Well, that's unclear. There aren't any misleading claims by the developer in the App Store. In fact, all the developers say about the product is, "Lucky Cactus is a state of mind. Tap it. It may or may not give you luck."
There are no instructions for use beyond that. Should you make a wish before you tap it? After? Or maybe while you tap it? Should you chant some sort of message that ignites the power of the cactus and wills good things to come from the universe? No one is sure. But according to consumer reviews, the cactus works. Period.
Lucky Cactus is currently number 51 on the iTunes top 100 paid apps list. It is available for both Apple and Android users and has a 4-star rating. So far, the $10 fee hasn't stopped consumers who are eager for their own chance at luck.
It's difficult to say if the app's success is legitimate, or manufactured. It's possible that consumers are actually mocking the product. We've seen this happen before. You might remember the "rave reviews" for the BIC Retractable Ball Pen For Her, where women flocked to Amazon and left comments like, "My lady hands just can't handle any type of pen anymore."
But when you read some of the consumer reviews, it seems there are many users out there who actually believe the product works. Here are a few examples:
And it's not just in the app store. Lucky Cactus is also buzzing on Twitter.
EVERYONE DOWNLOAD THE LUCKY CACTUS APP I SWEAR TO GOD IT WORKS!
— alexandra pappas (@zannndra) March 26, 2015
Just downloaded the lucky cactus app and got $200
— Jacktfinn (@jacktfinn) April 5, 2015
Woah. I seriously just got this lucky cactus app bc I didn't believe it worked but today I found Steve Madden boots for $8 & they're amazing
— emily (@shmemhatch) September 4, 2015
What do you think? Would you be willing to pay $10 for an app like this, or do you think consumers are being fooled? Let us know in the comments below.