So theoretically, every pre-order that occurred prior to the change in refund policy, could go through each buyer’s respective Attorneys General for their state, to force Purism to issue a refund on their unshipped Librem 5.
I ordered my L5 two years ago, which was before the change in refund policy. But I am still going to wait and see what happens for now.
At the rate that the American government is giving away free money to everyone these days, $600 (after inflation does its job), might only buy you a tank of gasoline by the time I get my phone. By then, Purism will have to quadruple or 10x the price of an L5 to new buyers to make any profit. Inflation alone could put purism out of business if Purism has to ship all of their backlog after paying future prices for the components, years from now, to ship all back-orders. Purism should start stockpiling everything they need to ship all pre-orders now, even if only to hedge against a 4x or 10x price increase.
If you want to cancel an order for products that are in the process of crowdfunding or pre-order, we will issue a full refund once the crowdfunding/pre-order of the product is completed and all pre-orders are shipped.
Per our policy, we can not provide refund for products that are in the pre-order status.
When you pre-order a product, you fund its research and development, so your funds are locked into it. When we reach your pre-order in the shipping queue we will contact you to notify that the product you funded is ready for shipping. At that time, you can chose to not have it shipped and ask for other options.
The phrase “ask for other options” means that Purism is trying to get you to accept an in-kind refund, meaning accepting credit to buy another one of its products. At least that is what other people have reported.
If you ordered in the last 8 weeks, then you are governed by the latest iteration of the refund policy. The controversy is not that Purism changed its refund policy, but that it applied it retroactively.
I believe that Purism made these changes due to financial problems, so I don’t criticize the company for making them. Nonetheless, the company can’t apply changes retroactively to its refund policy, and I’m hoping that Purism will be able to pay all the refunds with this new financing round, that has so far raised $7.1M.
Although it is controversial that anyone ever thought that you can “fund research and development” and then back out (renege). It is possible that there was a legal screw-up in the original crowdfunding terms that didn’t make that point explicitly and that may have been costly for Purism (both through reneged orders and through reputational damage). I believe that the actual original crowdfunding terms may have been silent on the question of reneging.
If the original terms had said “you are funding development and you commit the funds irrevocably”, things would have been so much simpler.
I’m hoping that they can (soon) start shipping phones! (even if it’s only the USA Edition) Selling phones but not actually shipping phones doesn’t benefit anyone.
Paying refunds is of questionable benefit to anyone (except to the individual funder of course). It certainly doesn’t generate the 3% return necessary to meet the obligation to noteholders.
That won’t hold up in court because terms of contracts can’t be changed unilaterally. I am reasonably certain that anyone seriously unhappy with that provision could just file with small claims court and get refund with no contention. But the first thing to try would be a chargeback with the card issuing bank.
My order wasn’t a pre-order though. It was an order for a thing declared to be “In Stock” “Now Shipping!” with delivery expectation 6-8 weeks. This link would perhaps be relevant here.
I have been receiving those “Investment Opportunities” emails too (3 now). I am wondering if there is any way to verify that they indeed have raised that funding (as opposed to saying BS in order to encourage to join the pool of “investors”). If they are (still) lying about “In Stock” “Now Shipping!” 6-8 weeks delivery for L5USA, why couldn’t they lie about the raised millions?
They are not even revenue. They are debt and purism has to pay interest on it. I am not familiar with the exact terms of the investment, but as far as I know they can be converted to equity at some point in time. That would still jot make it a revenue…
Good to hear!!! Do you know which state Purism is located in? I’m in Australia so I think contacting their local consumer watchdog would be more useful.
Long story short:
I ordered way back in 2017.
On multiple occasions I confirmed my postage address when asked to do so.
They sent through an e-mail in January 2021 (went to my spam) encouraging me to buy more accessories so that they’d ship in the same box as my phone (which was to ship in late January 2021). In find print somewhere, they told me I should update my address (didn’t need updating… same address).
In late July 2021 I e-mailed them to advise my phone had never arrived. They were like ‘oh but you never updated your details, so we couldn’t send it! Sorry… outta stock now… we will send you yours as soon as we get stock in Q1-2 2022!!! Aren’t you sooo lucky!’
I e-mailed asking for a refund and got no response.
After that, they spammed me about an opportunity to invest in them (using the generic support e-mail address). I responded saying that I didn’t want to invest or receive such spam in the future. Rather, I wanted an update on my refund request. Nothing… no response.
Today I e-mailed asking for an update. Let’s see how that goes!
My biggest concern right now is that they double-sold MY Librem (after saying it was ready to ship) and then decided to deliver it to the second person in order to pocket more sales cash (i.e. they made the call that I’d continue to be patient as I’d waited since 2017 whereas a 2021 customer would go buy another phone if forced to wait). IMO given how ancient the hardware now is, this is unconscionable and they should be prioritising refunds for those who they’ve failed to deliver to.
It’s almost as if the spammie ‘update your details’ e-mail was an excuse to push-back 2017 backers (who’d forgotten + already spent money) and prioritise 2021 customers who were standing at the checkout (so wouldn’t have to confirm shipping). It’s really poor form and I don’t wanna do business with them anymore!
Purism only worked through a portion of the 2017 crowdfunders before they started running into delays. At last count, it was up to approximately the first 1,300 backers: Estimate your Librem 5 shipping
(And that list only includes the received devices we, the forum members, are aware of, since not everyone posts notices on the internet.)
I was part of that portion, as discussed. This issue is not moot - my shipment was processed and then later sold to somebody else (they claim this was okay because I didn’t respond to their upsell e-mail). Hence why I’m disappointed in what they did.