That makes a lot sense for those few that honor their rebates.
Unfortunately many do not. I kept my original posting positive by naming a
few who do. I won't change that policy now except to say watch out for
Compusa and Tiger Software. Those two deserve a slam.
Ace has never done me. But I don't shop there.
On 1/10/2005 8:08 PM US(ET), Camilo took fingers to keys, and typed the
Retailers do offer rebates. I bought a Sony computer system from Best
Buy. Computer, monitor and a Canon printer bundled in. I had rebate
forms totaling $200 on the system. 2 for Sony for the computer and the
monitor, one from Canon on the printer, and one from Best Buy on the
I sent them all in to the various addresses provided, and enclosed the
necessary items for the rebate.
After about 6-8 weeks, I got the rebates from Sony and Canon, but not
the Best Buy one. They claim I didn't send in the correct items. I
called and complained that I had sent in all the items requested, but
they said that the UPC was wrong or something to that effect.
Fortunately, I had scanned everything, including rebate forms, receipts,
and even placing the cartons on the scanner and scanning the UPC before
I had to cut it out to send it in. After they said that I had the wrong
UPC, I rescanned every carton including any tag or label that had a
number on it and sent them in. I told them that there were no more
numbers than that which I had provided. After another 8 weeks, I finally
got my Best Buy rebate.
The odd thing is that they wanted proof that I bought the products. They
had no problem with proof when charging my credit card for the items.
I believe that all Retailer rebates should be instant rebates at the
cash register. All the proof is right there when they scan the UPC and
then take my credit card.
Got screwed by them also. I find it funny how they say invalid UPC
then ask you to resubmit with the UPC. (any they only accept the
I usually don't have a problem with rebates in general, but they have
lost my business.
Now, I just need to find a place near me that fills propane
On 1/12/2005 3:41 PM US(ET), c firstname.lastname@example.org took fingers to keys, and
typed the following:
You mean you don't have one of those 'Rhino' propane refill racks
outside of every store?
It seems like it here. All supermarkets, home improvement centers,
grocery stores, and even the beer store has them.
I usually have very good luck getting rebates because I am very careful
to send everything in properly and on time. But for about a year, I've
been ripped off on about half the rebates I send in for computer
hardware and stuff like that -- and generally it is a substantial rebate
like $10 off of a $15 item, or $18.99 off a $18.99 item.
The company will pretend they never received it (and a search of their
support BBS indicates that nobody ever gets a rebate honored (Soyo)) or
they say I sent in the wrong UPC code (SMC), or they just ignore
inquiries (too numerous to mention).
say I sent in the wrong UPC code (SMC), or they just ignore >inquiries (too
numerous to mention).
I had that problem, so I've taken to sending in the forms, UPC codes, etc. via
certified, receipt-return mail.
see thats the thing. other than the cost of a day or two (say a month even,
they hired an idiot) of some computer programmers time, it eliminates the
'rebate center', which saves money for the company, and it insures the
customer gets their rebate which makes them happy. since all qualifying
products are now automatically rebated its a simple matter for a company to
get the info to the manufacturer of each item for reimbursement. its a win
win situation. they save money, the customer comes back.
Bascially (there are some exceptions, so don't flame me please) rebate
schemes are a scam. Any vendor who truly wants (and intends) to give you a
rebate will do it at the check out counter. Any other scheme is, by
nature, a scam.
Since dealer mark-ups are usually based on a percentage of their purchase
price, dealers prefer rebates and will sometimes not carry seriously
discounted products because they don't make enough on them.
A $100 item with a $40 rebate costs the consumer $60 + some hassle, but the
retailer makes profit on a $100.00 item instead of a $60.00 item. (Of
vourse, you also pay tax on a $100 item.)
I find that for some of the bulk items I get, Home Depot is a little cheaper
and has more qny, However I find many of the common and specialty items
comparable and some even cheaper than HD or Lowes. Easier to get in and out
in a hurry also than HD or Lowes.
It's no different than Wally-World or any of the other quantity
discounters...you have to know what something is worth 'cause it just
ain't necessarily so that the lowest price is at any given location. In
particular, I find the quality of lumber at HD to be <much> lower in
general than Lowes so it's not an equal comparison between just price.
Plus, if one has to drive 60+ miles to get to one of the superstores,
there's a lot to be said for the cost of time/gas, etc...
The biggest disadvantage of all the large marketers is their reliance on
volume of high-guantity, everyday items. If you then want/need
something out of the ordinary or of <real> quality, having supported
these mass-merchandisers having driven the locals out of business leaves
one w/ no alternatives... :(
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