Mail-In Rebates: Express Your Opinion

mail-in rebateIn theory, a cash rebate on a product is a great idea, but the reality in most cases is that getting it can be a huge hassle. At the beginning, it seems simple enough. Make a purchase online or in a store, fill out a rebate form, then send it with the original receipt and the UPC code from the packaging and you should get money back on your purchase. It may even be possible to register for your rebate online.

It is at this point that the cash rebate scenario often derails from the simple concept. You usually have to wait a minimum of a month (and sometimes much longer) before you receive a weird postcard you almost throw away until you realize it’s a check. This process can be so time

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6 Responses to Mail-In Rebates: Express Your Opinion

  1. Dave says:

    I fail to get paid back on about 40% of the rebates I send in. Its gotten so bad that I actively avoid products with rebates.

  2. Lee says:

    I’ve had a 100% rate of success with mail-in rebates. I haven’t used them all that often, and I am very careful to make sure the place that is offering them is a trustworthy source. As of late most of my rebates have come as a result of purchasing items off of tigerdirect.com for computer and electronic items. It is a pain to have to wait 2 months to get the rebate, and I would much rather receive the instant savings.

  3. I’ve also had a 100% success rate with mail-in rebates, whether it was with a reputable retailer like Amazon or a company I’d never heard of. I would also much rather receive instand savings than deal with a rebate, but I believe that the reason rebate offers are so high is that manufacturers know that many will not be redeemed. This means that people who are well-organized and detail-oriented benefit. Sometimes I will buy the higher priced item rather than deal with the hassle of a rebate, though, and despite my 100% success rate, I’m still skeptical since people complain all the time about not receiving their rebate checks.

  4. cheapo says:

    I have gotten all of my rebates as well. As 2 Pennies Earned mentions one must be organized. Before sending any rebate, I make copies of everything that is to be sent. Then I also notate when I sent out the rebate. At home I file the copies based on the date I have submitted the rebate. To this day, this system has worked well for me. If I notice I rebate is taking longer than normal, then I contact the rebate center. I have had to do this a few times, but it is worth it for me. I am considering to digitizing this process, by scanning everything into a pdf file instead of keeping an actual file. The problem is that sometimes you need an orginal copy when the rebate center happens to loose one of the items you sent in.

  5. Jim says:

    I never buy anything that has a mail in rebate. The hassle factor is to much. If the company wants to give me a rebate, I do not understand why they can’t do it at the register

  6. william says:

    i never buy nothing with mail in rebate, if im gonna get a rebate it better be at the register, i set the rules as a consumer, so mail in rebate up your asses…..

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