If you purchased an HD DVD player from Amazon.com before Toshiba called it quits on the format, you may be in for some compensation. According to Gizmodo, the e-commerce company has sent an e-mail to customers who purchased HD DVD players before February 23, 2008 to offer them $50 in credit.
The e-mail states plainly:
New technologies don't always work out as planned. We at Amazon.com value our customer relationships more than anything and would like to support customers who purchased these players by offering a credit good for $50 off any products sold by Amazon.com.** Just use promotional code PROMO CODE HERE when checking out. The code is valid through April 9, 2009, so you have plenty of time to use your credit. Purchases from third-party merchants on our site are not eligible.
Amazon goes on to say the credit "cannot be used to pay for special-order titles, e-books or downloadable e-content, wireless service plans, gift certificates, gift-wrap, taxes, or shipping and handling charges." That said, the offer is valid for customers who purchased as many as 10 players, in which case they can get a total of $500 in credit. Considering HD DVD players dipped as low as $150 shortly before the end of the format war, $50 per player ought to soften the blow a little for some customers.
As Gizmodo points out, Best Buy also started offering $50 gift cards to HD DVD buyers last month. Unlike Amazon, though, Best Buy gives users the option to trade in their HD DVD drives.