Remember the days when Amazon would cut you a break and give you a refund if the price of a product dropped right after you ordered it? That was pretty nice of them right? We all liked that. Well, I am sad to report that those days are gone.
Some customers are now reporting that Amazon has stopped offering partial refunds on orders if a price drop happens within 7 days. This means that if you buy an item shortly before a sale, you’ll just have to live with your choice and be happy with the price that you paid, and move on with your life.
Amazon told Recode that it didn’t officially have a policy like this outside of televisions, but up until recently it was clearly fine with handing out all kinds of refunds. I guess they are tightening their belts.
It may be that Amazon is reacting to services that automatically ask for refunds when they detect price drops, and not just because of the money it stands to lose. Amazon warns you that these sites are asking for your login details. Many of them are probably trustworthy, but there’s never any guarantee that a site won’t abuse your info.