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My client asked me to pick-out, purchase and install an appliance for him. It turned out that the appliance that I picked had a rebate coupon. I filled out the coupon and mailed it and received the money. How much of the money should I give to my client?
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Hi, IMHO, all. It is his appliance. He is the registered owner with the manufacturer I believe. I think you should've filled out his name.
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On Thursday, December 12, 2013 9:59:36 PM UTC-8, Tony Hwang wrote:

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1. I couldn’t fill out his name because I used my credit card with my nam e on the invoice. 2. I should at least get back the money for the stamp I used if nothing els e.
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On 12/13/2013 1:18 AM, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Any reason you did not give all the facts in your first post? It definitely changes the right answer.
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On 12/13/2013 12:18 AM, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

On the job I retired from my billing rate was something like $120 for the first hour and $90 for each additional hour.
If it only took you 15 minutes to fill out the rebate card and mail it... on my job at least that would have been $30.
We were told to do all of our paperwork on-site and to bill the customer for our time.
Considering we were keeping production lines going that could cost a customer a million dollars or more a day (if down)...we certainly did not get complaints if we sent them a $500 or $600 bill.
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On 12/13/2013 3:57 PM, philo wrote:

Many companies look at the cost of a piece of equipment including the cost of removing and replacing it when deciding to repair it. I don't know what the percentage is now but it must be very high for large items like a machine used in a manufacturing operation. That's the sort of thing that happens during a planned shutdown of the manufacturer's plant. ^_^
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On 12/13/2013 12:59 AM, Tony Hwang wrote:

What if the customer knows there was a rebate available? Then it looks like the OP cheated him. Would the OP have picked that model if there was no rebate?
Several years ago, I hired someone to paint a room in my mother's house when I was selling it. He told me to pick the paint I wanted and he'd buy it. When I was looking for the right color paint, I saw that there was a rebate and figured great, I can buy a better quality paint for the same price as the store brand. He bought the paint and did an adequate job of painting. I asked for the sales receipt and he claimed he couldn't find it. My first thought was that he'd sent in the rebate, which cheated *me* out of the discount I was planning on. I wouldn't hire him again.
Bottom line, OP should have given the rebate form to the customer who may well have told him to keep it anyhow.
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On Friday, December 13, 2013 7:19:29 AM UTC-8, Lee B wrote:



1.You can’t get a rebate without a proof of purchase. 2. The proof of purchase is the invoice or receipt which has MY name on it because I used MY credit card.
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On 12/12/2013 11:55 PM, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

You used your resources to purchase the appliance and if you are so inclined, you could discount the price you charged your customer but with rebates, you have no idea how long you'd have to wait to get it and the cost of tying up your resources must be considered. If you have the monetary resources that are large enough for you to operate while waiting on a rebate check, you could discount your price, or wait until the rebate check comes in a refund that amount to your customer. Your customer would get a pleasant surprise and be inclined to recommend you to anyone he knows who may need your services. ^_^
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On Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:21:46 -0600, The Daring Dufas

If he does pocket the rebate, whether he considers it "included" in the purchase price or not, it should be disclosed to the buyer, up front ("price including any rebates"). Both sides of a contract need to understand the contract.
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On 12/13/2013 12:55 AM, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

How much of the drug company kickback does your physician refund to you for the Viagra you buy?
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On 12/13/2013 4:30 AM, Mike Hunt-Hertz wrote:

OJ Simpson got off, for killing two people. Does that make it OK for you and me to go kill two people?
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What amazed me the most was watching live coverage of the trial, followed by news peoples' sound bytes of what had happened. It was like they were somewhere else! What came into mind was, Isn't English their primary language? And, didn't they watch what I just watched? They were worse than Oprah interviewing a guest, simply ignoring what was ACTUALLY said and giving opinions and asking questions based on God knows what.
This ought to cause a really high jacked thread.... I personally do not believe that OJ did that crime. Several reasons: OJ was football player, from being around them, they use their hands when angry and frustrated. They would simply pound people silly, not stab, they're just not 'tool' type people. Plus a 'proffessional knifer' keeps his knife as in the weapon was never found. Importantly there are indications two people perpetrated the crime, not one. The man killed was a 'look alike' not the intended target to have been included. During the trial, met OJ's people at his home in BelAir and people one hires are a reflection of themselves, outstanding individuals of high integtrity. Can't believe OJ did the crime. Later, after acquittal down in LA, met M Clark [that was ONE bitter lady!] and felt like taking a shower afterwards, some people just leave you feeling like that.
Guilty, or innocent? Not for me to judge really.
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On 12/13/2013 5:12 PM, RobertMacy wrote:

During the time the O.J. Simpson circus was going on, I was getting breakfast at a restaurant when the waitress said, "OJ?", I loudly said, "OJ! I'm tired of hearing about OJ this and OJ that it's idiotic and I don't want heart it anymore!", the poor waitress said, "I'm sorry, I was asking if you wanted orange juice." of course I apologized. ^_^
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On 12/13/2013 11:30 PM, The Daring Dufas wrote:

As she delivered your pancakes, did she ask you about honey?
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On Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:12:15 -0700, RobertMacy

OTOH, how about the Zimmerman case? ...the Duke lacrosse case? There was a case where half the country (and 70% of the people here) were completely deaf.

Don't complain. You got what you wanted.

Speaking of deaf...

Clueless.

Sure it is. "Guilty" or "not guilty", no, that isn't in your contract.
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Besides the obvious observation that people ascribe to others what they themselves have done/will do/are capable of.
And, I thought *I* was opinionated!
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

So if there was ever even a chance that you didn't intend to keep the rebate, why'd you bother sending it in?
You could have just turned over the rebate coupon to the client along with the receipt and spared yourself this agonizing moral dilemma.
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All of it. If it had been discounted in the store, he would have paid that price. This is no different. If you had to put a stamp on the rebate, you are entitled to that. You would be a cheapskate but entitled.
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You got a rebate back? Keep it and pay to Uncle Sam his share. Consider yourself lucky. Rebates are like going to a casino, some winners but the risk is high. I never did get the 5 bucks from Staples or the 40 bucks from Tiger Direct. Rebates and gift cards are a pain in the arse but the companies love them, extra money in the bank for them.
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