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REBATES??????
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Clod    Posted 12-30-2004 at 19:11:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anybody like this way of doing business? REBATES?I think it is a big con game. I do not buy if the product is rebated.I go elsewhere.


Mike in tn    Posted 12-31-2004 at 08:01:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Still waiting for my $100.00 from Dell. Of course it has only been 13 months. They last told me that they sent the ckeck in October and wanted to know if that was my correct address. I said no it is not. Why didn't you just send it to the address that you sent the computer to, it arrived in 2 days. They said they would get another check out. That was in Novenber. I really enjoy talking to those people in Indonesia. However, they do now understand the definition of what a lying SOB is.
Mike


Jim@concordfarms.    Posted 12-31-2004 at 06:42:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nope, I won't buy anything with a rebate on it, for all the reasons listed below. However, I really get into those grocery coupons. I cut them out of the paper every Sunday and save them till Kroger has triple coupon days. You would be surprised the things you can get for free or under 25 cents that way. And I don't fit the common shopper profile that they're looking for. I go in armed with my coupons, buy only what I planned, and keep my eyes closed as I go by the temptations aisles. Jim.


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 12-31-2004 at 01:04:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember years ago my Mom mailed in a box top from Wheates cereal box good for a free bottle of something you put in a water pick(tooth brush) and they wrote her back saying she had mailed the bottom of the box and not the top. Mom wrote on the back of the letter demanding that they return the bottom of her box so she could send them the top and they simply sent her the product. I have always thought that was funny.


~Lenore    Posted 12-30-2004 at 20:24:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey, pal, thought you were going to do some "work" :-)

About rebates, my friend bought a HP laptop from Office Depot" that had a $189 rebate. she followed all the directions, enclosed every little shred required including the CODE.
Today she got a letter saying her rebate request was invalid because she did not send in the CODE!!


I Did Some Consulting    Posted 12-30-2004 at 20:10:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
work for Maritz Corporation based out of St Louis. I programmed many of their custom rebate applications for companies like Toyota, IOmeage, and many others. My job was to right software to allow their call center people to answer the phones and handle rebates coming in via mail. The idea was to handle as many rebates as possible.

Does it seem strange that Toyota or IOmege or Nissan would outsource rebates to a company? I didn't think so at first. But the more I dived into the business I started to see the light.

These companies that outsource rebate offers don't really care if they pay them or not. They budget for the maximum rebate cash-in knowing that only a small percentage of people will jump through all the hoops to "qualify".

What makes matters worse is that Maritz was paid for each order they processed. It did not matter if the rebate was a valid request or was validated by the offering company (Toyota, etc). Bottom line was that I was asked to write programs that were not designed for accuracy ... just volume. In any programmers mind - - - - that is a horrible waste of energy and against the rules of software design.

- Peanut


Can't spell    Posted 12-30-2004 at 20:13:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
My post was supposed to reference IOmega. Not the disasters I spelled above. They are the one who first mass-marketed Zip drives. Sorry for the bad typing.

- Peanut


Here's the skinny    Posted 12-30-2004 at 19:51:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
The huge company I worked for hooked up with a rebate clearing house about 10 years back.The numbers back then were...

A REBATE OF $7.00 OR LESS= 5% OF CUSTOMERS SEND THEM IN.
A REBATE OF MORE THAN $7.00= 60% SEND THEM IN.

All of our rebate offers were less than $7.00 and our sales increased by 22% during that time.I am sure the target dollar figure changes,but it works.At the point of purchase,everybody thinks they will send it in.Fact is,most people don't,and that is what the seller is banking on.They even have insurance policies in place in the event of the consumers all turning them in. Mark in Kansas


deadcarp    Posted 12-30-2004 at 19:40:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
if they wanted to save you money, they'd have lowered the selling price, period. anything else is another game with another motive. i fell for a deal on light bulbs at menards. the ad said they're $1/pkg after rebate. well the rebate was only good at menards and not good today, so i was kinda offended, thought "waste my time, dingbats", requested a mgr and went tv/tool shopping. after having him pile a whole trolley full of crap off the high shelves, i signalled suzn to put her donut down and come over. she told him "it's time for his pills now", i smiled and said "bye" and she pushed me away in my wheelchair. i deposited his clipboard at the door as we were leaving. waste my time will ya? :)


sawtooth    Posted 12-31-2004 at 06:25:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good one! Red Green should get wind of this! Only thing- the store needs to know what brought this on.


Zenia    Posted 12-30-2004 at 19:25:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm still waiting for my $25.00 Home Depot gift card that was part of a rebate for a paint sprayer I bought there. I mailed in the receipt & SKU label from the box about 2 months ago. Somewhere in my piles I have a photocopy. Yep, big waste of time, and very annoying.


I bought    Posted 12-31-2004 at 09:13:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
a Platinum Pro sound card from "CREATIVE",with a $35 rebate. Best I could find out They are located somewhere in Japan, no other address. Once befor got stuck on this, no address to send request to.
Several Years ago Bought a Car btry with big rebate which was on a card that You placed Stamp on and mailed in. I stamped and sent,card came back from Po "no Stamp", restamped and mailed, returned "NO STAMP", restamped and left it lay for a few Hours ,Stamp peeled off. Card was printed on some kind of Plastic.


Ron/PA    Posted 12-30-2004 at 19:51:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I feel the same about coupons, they could sell for the coupon price - the price of printing the coupon in the local paper and THEN I'd buy their product. Would speed up the checkout lines as well.
Ron


Clod    Posted 12-31-2004 at 05:42:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I liked Dead Carps remedy for rebaiters. They bait you,then when you get into threir game and do as they require,they re bait you,then re bait you ,then re bait you.


tacon1    Posted 12-31-2004 at 08:01:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dunno for sure, but I bought a new washing machine at Costco (made by Whirlpool) on sale for $250 with a $100 rebate. Did the rebate online and got a check for $100 in less than a month. Great machine and only cost $150.


Jet9N    Posted 12-31-2004 at 08:15:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
But if your state has a sales tax you still got to
pay tax on that $100. That's the part that really
ticks me off!!

Jet


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