realize that rebates are mostly a scam..
companies can advertise a lower price, then take their time if you send for
rebate. also, companies realize that most people won't bother with rebate,
or just plain forget to send it.
also, companies will hide rebate restrictions in the fine print.
How long should I expect a rebate to take?
Or just never pay them ever when you followed all the rules and
restrictions and they acknowledged receipt of your rebate submission
over a year ago (I will never buy another Soyo product because of this,
and I like to tell other people to avoid them too)
The problem is, the companies contract out the rebate processing to a
rebate clearinghouse who couldn't care less if they trash the reputation
of somebody's brand name; they get to pocket all the rebates they don't
fullfill -- whether it's because the customer didn't follow all the
little rules, or whether they just say FU to the customer and steal the
The rebate processors located in Iowa and Minnesota seem to be the
best, including Young America, which may be the oldest company in the
business. Another good company is Parago, with addresses in El Paso
The worst company for me has been TCA Fulfillment, in New Rochelle, NY,
and all but one of my 5-6 submissions needed to be resubmitted (in one
case, twice). This company had an unsatisfactory rating from the
Better Business Bureau (I don't know about the current status) and
brags about how it rejects 15% more submissions than average. At least
the president of the company tries to resolve problems at
Fatwallet.com, in the "Rebate Tracking" forum, under the user name
Best Buy is competent but dishonest about rebates. IOW it's highly
likely that you'll get your money in time, but if there's a problem
you'll have no recourse. I experienced this when I mailed a rebate in
time but was told it was late. This happened because Best Buy
misprinted the expiration date, but they said it didn't matter, even
though the ad listed no dates for it. And when I showed Best Buy a
second original rebate form, they called it a fake, even though the
yellow Best Buy logo was all over the back. They always answered like
a bunch of cult members chanting their catechism.
I have had horrible experience with Parago. I have only had 3 rebates
invalidated in the last several years and all three were processed by
Parago. I won't go into any details other than to say that they make
up the most ridiculuous excuses.
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Now, for a serious answer. Somewhat shorter than
it states on the rebate form as long as your
submission include all the parts required. Most
forms state 6 weeks. Make a copy of all of the
materials and you will probably get the check in 2
You may have already gotten it. By accident I once opened an envelope
prominently marked as "Standard (Bulk) Mail" with a return address of
In the envelope was a rebate check.
Sneaky devils were counting on me discarding the mailer.
Typically 60-120 days, but household product rebates tend to be
delivered in a month (Recently, Walgreen's took 18 days for mine).
Check rebate status early because some offers have a provision saying
that nothing will be done after six months, and you may get different
information, depending on whether you check at the website, use the
automated phone system, or speak with a live person.
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