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Initial post: Mar 19, 2013 10:51:05 PM PDT
Does anyone have any idea when Amazon will be crediting accounts with the money from the class action lawsuiit against publishers? When I asked them, they said they could not find my sellers account (duh! I don't have one) The next time they ignored me. I realize it takes some time after the settlement is approved but they least they could do is give us some sort of time frame.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2013 10:56:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2013 10:57:11 PM PDT
No, the court has yet to decide if they will accept the terms of the settlement. Not all of the publisher have agreed. There is a 6 month appeals period.

All sorts of reasons for the lack of apparent action yet. Amazon probably does not know because they are not part of the court case, AFAIK. Google might give you more information.

BTW, it is not a class action suit against the publishers. It was an action brought by the A/G against Apple and several publishers for collusion in pricing.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 10:59:44 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
They can't tell you because they don't know. It wasn't Amazon suing publishers, it was the DOJ and 49 state's AGs.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 6:21:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 20, 2013 6:23:25 AM PDT
https://ebooksagsettlements.com/

The court granted final approval of the settlement and proposed distribution plan on February 8, 2013. There were no appeals so it was made final as of March 10, 2013. It is now up to the states to determine the schedules for distribution, and they were granted a 6 month period to hold the funds if they choose to in order to cover any possible additional settlement agreements. So depending on your state and what they choose to do, it could be up to 6 more months. Amazon can't give you any information because they don't have any. It's up to the states now.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 6:54:42 AM PDT
How many full-price e-books, that were applicable in this circumstance, would a person have had to purchase in order for the refund to amount anything worth spending life-minutes pondering?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 7:18:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 20, 2013 9:14:22 AM PDT
A. Dietz says:
I bet all the people who "bought" 1,000 free books (that now cost $0.99) are going to complain about not getting a refund. And people who bought a bunch of books at $2.99, $3.99, or $4.99 probably aren't going to get a refund either because in most cases those weren't sold by the publishers involved in the settlement. We're going to see LOTS of complaints here.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 7:46:43 AM PDT
flipoid says:
Class Action "Suite"--is that anything like the penthouse suite in a hotel?

I do wish people like the OP would stop obsessing over this silly refund. If we get anything, as others have said, the refund amount is going to be so infinitesimal that I don't think anyone will be able to buy even a cup of coffee with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 7:48:07 AM PDT
But then folks will complain about that. How many do you figure are expecting full refunds for books?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 7:50:50 AM PDT
flipoid says:
I'd bet there are a lot of people who have huge expectations about the amounts they're getting as refunds. There is going to be much disappointment evident (as will be seen by the expected numerous complaint threads), I'm sure!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 7:54:26 AM PDT
And wait until the ones from Minnesota find out they don't get anything..........

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 7:55:05 AM PDT
flipoid says:
Yeah, they'll be blaming Amazon for it.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 7:58:11 AM PDT
I'm expecting perhaps 60 cents. Anything more will be gravy.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 8:01:31 AM PDT
Kessa says:
Hey, maybe nobody will complain...

Oh wait, never mind...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 8:02:39 AM PDT
Given the number of agency publisher books that I bought over that time period, I am hoping for something in the neighborhood of $50.00. They estimate between .32 and 1.32 refund per agency published book (depending upon whether or not the book became a NYT best seller at any time during the settlement period).

Whatever I get will immediately be spent on more books. Probably published by the agency publishers. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 8:04:04 AM PDT
See, that's what I was thinking. Unless people spent HUGE amounts on money on THOSE publishers' books, the refund is going to be completely laughable. WHY are people obsessing about it?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 8:04:57 AM PDT
Kessa says:
Given the number of agency publisher books that I bought over that time period
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Well, it looks like you didn't think they were priced too high.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 8:06:38 AM PDT
That's funny, too. People *accepted* the sticker price at the time of purchase. People who didn't like the price didn't buy, but the people who bought clearly agreed to the price at the time.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 8:06:59 AM PDT
I didn't think they were priced too high. I bought them. I read them. I enjoyed them. I didn't complain about the price, I didn't demand lower prices, I rejected the books that weren't priced reasonably in my opinion.

But, Kessa, and you don't have to be such a brat about it, the publishers entered into a settlement with the DOJ, and as a consequence of that, I will at some point receive a credit. I was indicating how much I thought the credit might be.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 8:08:46 AM PDT
Kessa says:
I wasn't being a brat, I just found it amusing, nothing more. =)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 8:09:50 AM PDT
Yer funny. : )

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 8:10:41 AM PDT
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Posted on Mar 20, 2013 8:12:33 AM PDT
I think it's ironic that the people who never complained about the prices are the ones who will most likely receive the largest refund.

Karma at it's finest.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 8:13:17 AM PDT
To be fair, I think it would be great if my favorite little restaurant down the street implemented a menu price roll-back. That would be great! Meanwhile, I do still find myself wandering in there, unable to resist occasionally, even while saying, "They're kind of expensive..."

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 8:13:35 AM PDT
Finally, somone who actually read the published information. I read the release on the 8th; missed the one on the 10th; and did not realize the states were granted 6 months to hold the funds for additional settlement agreements. Thank you for you input.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 8:14:11 AM PDT
Found what amusing? The fact that a bunch of people totally unconnected to me sued publishers, and as a consequence, everyone who purchased agency books will be receiving some sort of a credit? I suppose that it is ironic that the people who didn't participate in price boycotts - who just bought the books - are likely to get the biggest credits. I never expected it.

Are you planning on sending yours back to the publishers?
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