Any updates on Refunds?

So, I just read the Librem 5 Mass Production Shipping FAQ, but do not see any information about refunds??

I have emailed their support over a week ago and have not heard from them yet.
Can anybody give some clarification please? I’m on the Evergreen batch.

Thank you


the issue about refunds for the L5-Evergreen has been brought up here and there by various people.

i’m not a Purism employee but i do believe if memory serves me right that they will be refunding ONLY after they have completed the mass-shipping-batch.

basically you will get your refund at the end NOT during the shipping period. something to do with a policy change. not good and not bad either imo.

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In the other response on this question, it was correctly stated, by reference to the FAQ (“Can I get a refund on my phone pre-order?”), that refund is available when

we reach your order in the queue

(emphasis in the original)

so that means most likely earlier than the completion of the mass shipping batch.

that might be so i suppose, but Kyle also mentioned here that completing the whole Evergreen-batch is likely to take some time. so it might be a few months still before refunds can happen.

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Well, don’t think I have to wait months for a refund. Especially after I did some digging of previous complaints, it seems that Purism changed its refund policies to older customers without asking for their consent. :thinking::thinking::thinking:

Purisma/Tofia, is that you?

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no, but I was reading one of Purisma’s post earlier.

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My current chronology:

  • Delivery was supposed to be in January 2021. I missed their ‘confirm your address’ e-mail (went to my junk) so they shopped fo somebody else instead quite hastily (without telling me - my details were up to date BTW).
  • Requested a refund on 4 August. Got ghosted.
  • Reached out again and my refund request was finally accepted on 8 September. At this point in time I was told that it would be refunded in ‘several weeks’ because ‘the process is slow’.
  • A month passed. On 14 October, they advised that my refund date is 20 December.
  • I’ve advised them that this is ridiculous and that I do not agree with their schedule as they are taking ‘several months’ rather than ‘several weeks’.

While I don’t wanna be an angry dude about this, I’ve noticed two things…

  1. They abandoned their delivery queue back in January. My phone was ready for delivery in January and they made the commercial decision to ship it to somebody else without telling me.

  2. Refunds are taking more than 1/4 of a year to be processed. This is a long time and means that they’re building up a backlog of unpaid debt. Again this was a trick as they’ve processed refunds, sold those phones to other people THEN… only after that… they’ve said ‘actually we’re not gonna process refunds until [after the date we’re expecting to do our next shipment]’.

One thing’s for sure - there’s some creative accounting going on there. Poor form IMO!

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You definitely shouldn’t be, as it was you who “missed their ‘confirm your address’ e-mail”. What will you do when you will miss also their refund e-mail? Bring them to trial?

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At this point? I think my best way forward is for me to avoid making idle threats and arguing with ones such as yourself. Both are a waste of my time.

Healthy discussions are ongoing and I’m confident we can reach a reasonable solution without the need to involve DCA and/or the AG’s office.

You shouldn’t cut sentences when you quote a message. At least use an ellipsis.

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This is something that really bothers me. When I ordered a Librem 5 in 2018, there was absolutely no mention anywhere on any purism site that I would be expected to respond to an email in order to receive the product that I ordered. I wonder how many customers still do not know this.

Imagine a normal person who ordered a Librem 5 because it is not an iPhone or Android phone, and this person was not at all interested in reading about technology articles, blogs, and forum posts. This person maybe still use gmail or another terrible email service and does not pay too much attention to emails about products they ordered, and some of those emails end up in the spam folder anyway.

Would Purism simply not ship the product to this customer because they did not respond to an email?

Here is another hypothetical. Imagine someone that orders a Librem 5 for their daugher, son, or other family member, and then this customer dies a few years later. Purism would not ship the product? That is just really jarring.

I understand that Purism wants to make sure the shipping information is accurate for orders that take several months or years to fulfill, but without confirmation, Purism should assume the existing information is accurate and ship the product.

I think that there should be information about this email response requirement on the product page or the checkout page, and I think that there should be a checkbox option for the customer to opt-out of such a requirement if they so choose.

@Kyle_Rankin, would you or someone else from Purism please respond to this, when you have the time?

I should mention that I am patiently waiting for my Librem 5 and am not considering a refund. I like to read all sorts of posts here, and there are some that make me want to respond.


Address confirmation e-mails still require the customer to consent to some things - in the past they asked whether you want to opt-in for early batches, now they were asking whether you want it now or to wait for FCC certified batch. There’s also still a queue of orders to fulfill and limited supply. I don’t work on shipping and fulfillment, so I’m speaking it with my Purism hat off, but personally I consider it perfectly fair that if you don’t reply to confirmation mail, you won’t get the phone shipped to you right now. To me it would make sense to wait for achieving shipping parity before handling such no-reply orders (but, again, I don’t work on that and I don’t even actually know what’s the current policy, so take it as my personal opinion voiced in the discussion :stuck_out_tongue: )


Agreed. To me the biggest issue is that they pushed some of their most patient, loyal customers to the back of the queue without notice/warning.

Creating a backlog doesn’t help to reach parity.

Neither does international shipping to outdated addresses.

Putting my lawyer hat on for a minute… even if that were the case (my address was up to date and I’d confirmed it with you twice already), sending one to an old address is still completion on your behalf.

From a practical perspective, what if the people you re-prioritised to didn’t respond? Then you’ve got an even bigger backlog because you’ve told 2 or 3 people that one phone is ready for them! Since you’ve had no stock for ~10 months, you’d be in a much better position if you’d spent that time chasing those people rather than re-prioritising orders willy nilly without notice (if ‘parity’ was really your major concern… I’ll assume good faith for now so that we don’t sidetrack).

Franky - I don’t think backend loading your refunds and deliveries is ever good practice because you end up with a large bucket of undelivered promises rather than a steady triage system that’s keeping up with the said promises. Todd’s clearly made some internal decisions here to try and keep his company afloat. I respect that you’re gotta do that as an entrepreneur. However, you can only trust people’s shifting promises for so long. Just like he’s made these calls internally, I’ve made my own judgment call about how long that piece of string is… I don’t think I need to justify having done so.

My point was mostly that shipping parity / having stock for new orders is a news that could likely reach at least some of those people who had changed their e-mail addresses or don’t look into their spam folder, who could then start to wonder what’s going on with their old orders and reach out. If even that doesn’t help, then there’s nothing else to do than to just send these orders to originally provided addresses.

I order at December 24, 2019. Any progress on my refund?

Probably not.

However you can only get a refund by directly contacting Purism via