Rebates? Not yet?
I am wondering if anyone else out there has actually received a rebate after purchasing h/w or s/w and sending in all the proper stuff. I haven't. Heck, Firestone still owes me ~$450 (that I'll never see) from that Explorer fiasco. Linksys still has yet to pony up for my last two purchases that occurred over 9 months ago. Am I just unlucky or is anyone else out there having a similar problem?
same problem. NEC still owes me $50 for a monitor purchase and Canon owes me video editing software for a promotional camcorder purchase.
muppet is now from madebymonkeys.net
I think companies deliberately make it difficult and/or delay sending out rebates. Then people often forget to send the rebate in or give up trying to collect.
The only way to make sure you get your rebates is to keep copies of everything and harass people. Some places are better than others... for instance, although I loathe almost everything about Best Buy, they always seem to send the rebate checks.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
SMC delivered $70 to me in about 8 weeks for a router purchase. I also had another $10 rebate from a local shop for a USB drive come through in about the same amount of time. Also, Intuit delivered $10 for QuickTax last year in a reasonable amount of time.
I got a $100 rebate from Dell in under two weeks after sending in the forms. They said "allow up to 8 weeks" or somesuch, but I got it much faster.
Many of these companies outsource the rebate processing. Those companies make a flat rate and often a percentage of the amount not collected. I worked at such a place for a while, it was interesting to see how often people had to call to get anything processed at all.
I've gotten rebates, but I think they've always been late, and I never received a check before calling and complaining.
"I am wondering if anyone else out there has actually received a rebate after purchasing h/w or s/w and sending in all the proper stuff"
Never had a problem with rebates. I wonder what all the fuss is about.
Never had a problem either (except forgetting to send it in :)
A bright spot: Costco is VERY good about rebates. They even have a mail-less rebate procedure that allows you to file the rebate on the web.
The last rebates I sent in were for a Seagate 160GB hard drive, one rebate from Best Buy and one from Seagate totalling $70. They came in about five weeks.
one thing to know if you've never filled in a rebate form before: the checks often come as postcards designed to look like junk mail. clever, eh?
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