Child spends $225 on run-down Austin Healey Sprite

Toddler buys vintage car on eBay with dad’s smartphone

A 14-month-old toddler has bought a 1962 Austin Healey Sprite on eBay while playing around on her dad’s smartphone.

Her parents discovered the purchase when they received an email from eBay congratulating them on their purchase, which was a run-down vintage car costing $225, around £148.

It turns out the child’s father was previously browsing through cars on the eBay app on his smartphone before hand. In an interview with CBS News, he explained the after the initial panic, he and his wife decided to keep the car, restore it and give it to their daughter on her 16th birthday.

While this scenario turned out the have a happy ending, there has been many cases of children spending money through apps on their parents’ smartphones that haven’t turned out so well.

Recent research conducted by Windows Phone revealed that unauthorised in-app-purchases (IAPs) have added £30 million to smartphone and tablet bills in the UK.

The OFT has announced that it will investigate free smartphone and online games that offer IAPs after the increasing concern that children and parents could be subject to unfair pressure to purchase when playing games.

After a class action lawsuit that was launched against Apple in 2011, after parents complained that their children could buy IAPs in certain apps without having to re-enter passwords. The firm announced last month that it will compensate those parents via cash and iTunes gift cards.

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