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How Owning A DVD Drive A Decade Ago Can Get You $10 Now

By Jomar Teves , Feb 08, 2017 07:02 AM EST

If you currently own a PC with a DVD drive of more than 10 years ago, you are probably owed $10. According to several news reports, a class-action lawsuit is now accepting claims after Sony, Panasonic, NEC, and Hitachi-LG were accused of inflating and increasing the prices of optical drives sold to PC makers like HP and Dell.

You Get $10 If You Own A 10-Year-Old PC W/ A DVD Drive

According to a report coming from TheVerge, if you were able to purchase a PC with a DVD drive in between April 1st, 2003 and December 31st, 2008, you will be able to claim $10 for each drive installed on that specific PC as part of the class-action lawsuit.

The report has also added that you don't have to present or show any proof of purchase and that the settlement administrators are simply contented with collecting names, email addresses, and the number of drives owned by each person at the moment. You will also need to submit a claim before July 1, 2017, and the money won't be released until other defendants in the legal process have settled.

Sony, Panasonic, NEC, and Hitachi-LG have all submitted $124.5 million to the overall settlement, leaving enough cash to compensate for around 9.3 million DVD drive sales as the report concludes.

Requirements To Claim Your Money

According to PCGamer, you will be needing to have purchased a DVD drive as a permanent or long-time resident of the following states in order to claim your $10 reward: Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, or West Virginia.

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