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Windows 7: Mr. Rebates

18 Mar 2010   #1
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Mr. Rebates

After the last 3 rebates that I qualified for never paying off, I have become wary of rebates in general. But, I came across Mr. Rebates while eBaying, which offers various amounts of rebates depending on the item purchased and the source of the purchase.

I've scanned their FAQs and found nothing unexpected...it requires a minimum of $10 and 90 days to be able to apply for payment, but since joining is free, it doesn't appear that there is anything to lose, however appearances can be deceiving. I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with this particular org.?
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18 Mar 2010   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I get so mad when vendors don't honor their rebates. With so many good prices being reliant on rebates....it's often hard to find a truly good out the door sales price these days that don't include a rebate.

I've gotten rebates from Corsair, Gigabyte, Antec, Western Digital and EVGA in the past year or so without issue. The last company which screwed me out of a rebate was PNY on some memory years ago...and I simply refuse to buy any of their products these days.
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18 Mar 2010   #3
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

The 3 times that I got beat out of a rebate was when buying from ZZF. I don't really know, but I think that it was ZZF that kept the money, rather than the manufacturers, because in each case, the application was sent to a location named ZZF/manufacturer's name, and it was never really clear whether it was ZZF or the manufacturer that you were dealing with. I tend to think that it was ZZF, thus I have stopped buying anything from them, rebate or not.

EDIT: Actually there was a couple of other rebate problems, which I do know were due to the manufacturers, rather than the vender. They both used the same excuse that I had not attach the barcode proof of purchase to the application, when in fact I did.
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18 Mar 2010   #4
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Bestbuy got to me so i don't buy anything with a rebate from them. Lately i've noticed less an less mail in rebates and some stores are actually doing the rebate for you, you still have to wait the 4 to 8 weeks for your money.
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18 Mar 2010   #5
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

The thing that bothers me about this method, is that while I found this on eBay, it seems odd that I would do so, because it would take a sale away from eBay, which I don't like, because there is a small amount of buyer protection that is sometimes needed to resolve an issue with a seller. plus i aready get a 2% rebate in the form of eBay Bucks, that I would trade for only a 4% rebate in the particular purchase in mind. If I could still go through eBay for protection and add both percentages together, that would be the best of both worlds.
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18 Mar 2010   #6
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Well they are a BBB Accredited business so thats good. And they only have 4 complaints in the 36 months.

Mr. Rebates | Better Business Bureau Review | Saint Charles, IL
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18 Mar 2010   #7
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

The only problem with that, is that those 4 complaints probably represent far more than 4, because a majority of people will not go to the trouble of filing with the BBB, they will just write it off as a bad experience and forget about it.
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18 Mar 2010   #8
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

You are exactly right.
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18 Mar 2010   #9
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Well I decided to go ahead and give it a try. From what I've read, the worst that might happen is that I won't ever get the rebate, but with the price of the HDTV that I just ordered, that is $9.60 + $5 signup bonus that I wouldn't have gotten ordering directly....time will tell.
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18 Mar 2010   #10
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
The only problem with that, is that those 4 complaints probably represent far more than 4, because a majority of people will not go to the trouble of filing with the BBB, they will just write it off as a bad experience and forget about it.

True, but if you look at how many people use the service, it probably is a real low percentage of disappointed customers. only 4 complaints on the BBB in the last 3 years is really really good.
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