"No, the UPC and serial number labels are NOT part of the box. They
another paper label pasted on just like the UPS label. Only they were
1"x2" in size, and the big UPS label on top of it, is 3"x5" in size.
this is more clear now. "
It still is not clear what you have successfully removed with the hair
dryer. Is it the UPS label that was covering the UPC? If so, why
can't you now just cut out the piece of box with the UPC label on it
and send that in?
Again, you seemed to have called everybody except the perpetrator. Call UPS
and ask them how they should fix it. They should at least be able to find
out the solvent for their adhesive. Maybe even they could deal with the
rebate people if you cant get the lable off. I don't know how responsive
their customer service people are, but it's worth a try.
Actually it IS their problem - their shipping dept. puts the UPS
shipping labels on - NOT UPS.
Probably an employee gets his jollies by stickering over all the
barcodes on rebate items.
A liberal soaking with Bestine rubber cement thinner (art supply store)
works great on loosening labels too.
No rebate house would accept that. The O.P.s beef is with
the product supplier. They sold a product with a rebate
promise, they owe you the rebate, even if they stuck a label
over the UPC. You could ask them to mail you a UPC. It's a
lot easier when you are dealing with a local store. Call the
seller and talk to them. Ask for the next level of
management each time you are told they can't help you.
There is a product called un-du, sticker, label, adhesive remover. It's a
little squeeze bottle with a plastic scraper attached. Available at office
supply store, craft stores, scrapbook stores, Wal-Mart etc. It doesn't even
damage the adhesive, the label you take off would be reusable.
You're probably screwed. But the good news is that manufacturers seldom
pay $100 rebates anyway, even if you send in everything perfectly.
I would use a penetrating oil to ruin the adhesive. The labels should
peel off a day or two later. Too agressive of a solvent may dissolve
the ink on the UPC label.
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