Deadline to use credits following Apple lawsuit is June 24.
If you remember the great digital publishing shakeup a few years ago, you might recall finding a pleasant surprise in your Amazon account. Thanks to collusion between Apple and five of the then Big-Six Publishers (Random House was the only holdout who refused to work together to fix the prices of ebooks in order to take down Amazon, resulting in the joining of Penguin and Random House into one publishing company after the legal dust settled against the defendants), Amazon customers were awarded monetary damages for having paid unfairly adjusted prices for ebooks.
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For most people, the amount came in at slightly less than the cost of a cup of coffee, even at Starbucks’ prices. For the more prolific readers in the bunch, the credits in their accounts were rather significant. If you’re a regular Amazon customer your credits may have already been spent ages ago, but if you’re not a regular customer – or if you are like many shoppers and have multiple accounts under different email addresses – you might have some credit waiting for you.
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But the clock is ticking on those amounts. Any credits assigned to customers due to the Department of Justice lawsuit against Apple and the publishers are set to expire on June 24, 2017. That means it’s time to check your old email addresses to see if you’ve overlooked your credits, or else they’ll be removed from your account.
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For full details on what happened in the suit and what moneys may have been owed to you, check out Amazon’s long-time page on the lawsuit and its results. If you’re currently logged into your Amazon account on your device, then clicking the link will show you the date any funds hit your account and the amount. HINT: for a listing of ebooks that might fit within the budget of your Amazon credits, check out the various 99cent Kindle lists.