After a few years, Stripe is still only available in a handful of countries. If you live in a country that is not only not US (tier 1 for pretty much everything), but not even the handful of high-priority countries like Canada or UK, your options are greatly reduced. For me, for example, it's PayPal or FastSpring - I would love to use Stripe, but I simply can't.
This… doesn’t ring true, considering that Apple’s bug tracker isn’t public at all — bug reports are not publicly visible or searchable, only the submitter and Apple can see them. That’s why openradar.me exists in the first place. So the claim that Apple "made the bug report "private" so that others couldn't see it” fails the smell test.
You’re missing the part about costs being controlled. Their high fees won’t be paid — some portion of them will.
Similar system works where I live: there’s a well defined attorney hourly fee, which is what is used to calculate the reimbursement of attorney’s fees of the winning party. If you hired better lawyer, you still have to pay the difference from your pocket. Presumably the idea is to limit abusively large fees.