If you’re over 30 and reading this blog, odds are pretty good that you can get at least $10 by filling out a simple form — but time is running out. Some people and businesses could get $1,000 or more.
If you’re under 30 and were paying for your own electronics 12 years ago, you could qualify too.
The money is available for anyone who purchased a computer, printer, video game console or a host of other electronic devices between 1998 and 2002. It is being awarded as a result of a class-action settlement with Samsung, Toshiba, Hitachi and other manufacturers of DRAM — a kind of memory used in most computers.
The manufacturers, accused of price fixing, say they didn’t do anything wrong, but they’ve still agreed to pay $310 million to settle the case. Here’s the website Oregon’s Department of Justice set up about the settlement, but residents of other states qualify for the rebate too.
It takes about five minutes to fill out this form and qualify for the rebate, and no receipts are required. But act fast. Claims must be filed by Aug. 1.
Full disclosure: I already filled out the form myself, and emailed it to the tech-buying half of my family. Oregon’s Department of Justice emailed OPB about the settlement today in an effort to get more people to register a claim.