Those development costs that the developers broke down are completely dirty & deceptive. They're relying on the fact that most people won't look further into the numbers once they've broken them down, thinking "Oh, they've provided the numbers." But no, they haven't. You can stop just after analyzing the first number: "$48,000: Staff Salaries - 8 people for 10 weeks." As for the other numbers, they've' exaggerated and rounded them up by a huge margin. 150,000 'is' ludicrous.
Thank-you for the interesting news story Patrick.
So what are the numbers then?
If you're going to call them liars provide a bit more of a line item breakdown, explain why 1,200$ a month per staff member (on average) is where we need to stop analyzing. Is 14,000$ a year somehow a ridiculously high salary in the USA now? The poverty line for a single income house is considered to be 11,270$ so 14,000$ doesn't seem like a massive yearly income.
Where have the numbers been inflated and where is the proof?
The onus is on you as the accuser to back up your statement, not on the company to defend themselves because forums user logan3 said he totally knows they made the numbers up.