Wal-Mart and Amazon have belatedly joined Circuit City and Best Buy in offering "make nice" refunds to their customers who purchased HD DVD players. Wal-Mart is offering a full refund but requires the return of the HD DVD player, while Amazon is providing just a $50 refund, but allows its customers to keep the players.
Wal-Mart says HD DVD buyers need only to provide the player and their original receipt to get the refund; it's not necessary to return the box in which it came. The full refund offer is good until April 30.
Amazon is also doling out a $50 credit to anyone who bought Toshiba's folly after Feb. 23, 2008. Naturally, they're encouraging you to use it on a shiny new Blu-ray player, but you could use it to take advantage of their HD DVD fire sale. Unfortunately, they're not doing trade-ins, so this is all you're gonna get.
Note: Gizmodo is incorrectly reporting that the refund is available only on purchases that took place after Feb 23 of this year. In fact, Amazon is limiting the refund offer to purchases made before Feb 23, the day Toshiba announced that it was withdrawing support for the HD DVD format.