So you got a Nexus One and you feel like you got shortchanged? Well it may just be your lucky day. It turns out that Google was charging sales tax on the full retail sales price at times when they were selling the phone at discounted prices. So, instead of paying tax on $250 people were paying tax on $529. In NYC that’s a $24.76 overpayment. And apparently Google is making good on this and has been sending out this email:
We’re writing in regards to your recent Nexus One purchase. There was an issue with the way the sales tax was applied to your order. When your order was placed, you paid taxes on the full retail price of the phone. However, you should have only been charged taxes on the sales price of the phone. We apologize for this issue and wanted to let you know that Google will issue a partial refund for the difference in the amount of taxes you were charged.
The refund will be issued to the debit/credit card used to complete the original purchase. To verify which card will receive the refund, please sign in to your Google Checkout account at https://checkout.google.com and click ‘View order’. The payment information for the order will be listed at the bottom of the order receipt.
If the debit/credit card used to complete your purchase has been closed, your card-issuing bank should forward these funds to your new account or mail a check to you for the amount of the refund.
If you have any questions about the refund, or if you need further assistance, please reply to this email and we’ll be happy to help.
The Nexus One Team
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
Of course, if you bought the phone at the full retail price then you don’t get this credit. So, any found money amongst us? I will give them credit for making good on their error – it’s not every day that you see a company admit to their mistakes and apply refunds before customers are banging down their doors.
For more info check out this thread on XDA.