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I hate rebates

 
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Do you hate rebates ?
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#0 mw




Joined: 04 Sep 2008
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:57 pm    Post subject: I hate rebates Reply with quote

I think rebates are a way for a vendor to make their products look low cost but in the end its the consumer that always seems to get screwd in filling out the forms , cutting this out, sending that in and then in 8-12 weeks hope for a payout.. The Vendor usually hopes we dont remember that we sent it in.
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#1 dave_c




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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it depends on the deal as a whole.

Sometimes the product costs more before the rebate. Other times it does not.

I have a long history of filling out rebates that disproves your theory that the consumer gets screwed. As a percentage years ago I would get back approximately 85% of rebates I submitted, but that % has gone up in more recent years to roughly 95%.

So, factor for it... if a rebate is for $10 and you get back 95% of rebates, would you want the product at (price paid - (95% * $10 rebate))?

More importantly, I only buy something I wanted enough that I would pay the regular price for if I hadn't found a deal w/rebate on it.

Remembering rebates is not hard to do, I just keep a file folder with folders for individual products purchased that have a rebate and include links. When the rebate payment comes I move the folder to another as a record for warranty, info, driver backup, etc. purposes.

In the end my point is I was aware of how much time I spent versus the discount received and considered it when deciding whether to buy products based on the rebated price. That strategy has definitely saved me a good % on purchases, I wouldn't bother if it were only a small % off the next best sale price without a rebate.
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