The Dirty Truth about Rebates
I must have been no more than six years old when I tried to redeem my first coupon at the supermarket. It was a 10 cent coupon for a box of salt, and I thought it meant that I would get the salt for 10 cents, as in “pay 10 cents, and you’re off!” Despite my youthful misunderstanding, coupons are straight forward. But not so with rebates. The truth about rebates is that the stores and manufacturers often make the rebate submission process so complicated, that many consumers don’t complete it correctly, if they complete it at all.
For years, I’ve bought all of my Apple products from MacMall because they offer great “free with rebate” bonuses, and I’m the kind of guy who’s not intimidated by the onerous UPC-clipping, receipt copying and proof-of-purchase proffering that these offers require. And Daddy is prepared to fight any “incomplete submission” rejections. But my favorite rebate programs are from Rite-Aid and Staples. These rebates are completed online and require no documentation beyond entering your receipt information.
You can read more about my rebate tips and adventures on BillyKnowsBest, but I’m curious for a show of comments: How many of you use rebates? And any great or nightmare rebate stories?