Tuesday, January 23, 2007

I Hate Rebates

I bought $203 of gear for my PC a couple months ago from Tiger Direct. It included $125 of rebates lowering the final $78. Or so I thought.

There is a serious omission on Tiger Direct's invoices and packing slips. They clearly state, "Be sure the product is working and you intend to keep it before filing for rebates. Products missing UPC codes from the box are not returnable and will be rejected or subject to a restocking fee." What they fail to mention is the hidden 30 day timeout on the rebates. This omission just cost me $125 after I followed their advice and waited to file my rebates only to discover they were all expired. I am far from pleased.


Offer: $20 (USD) Mail In Rebate on Select NEC ND3350 Series Optical Drives - N27-1892-1892 SP-1894
Manufacturer: NEC
Part #:
Product: NEC ND3550 / 16x8x16x DVD+R/RW / 16x6x16x DVD-R/RW / 8x +R DL / 6x -R DL / 48x32x48x CD-RW / Beige / DVD Burner with Software - OEM
Rebate:
$20.00 View Rebate Form
Valid Dates: 11/1/2006 through 11/30/2006 (Expired)
Mailing Period: This rebate MUST be postmarked within 30 days of purchase.


Offer: $25 (USD) Mail In Rebate on CA Internet Security Suite 2007 - CA07-5215
Manufacturer: Seagate
Part #:
Product: Seagate / 250GB / 7200 / 8MB / ATA-100 / OEM / Hard Drive with CA Internet Security Suite 2007 w/ $6,500 Identity Theft and Virus Protection
Rebate:
$25.00 View Rebate Form
Valid Dates: 11/1/2006 through 11/30/2006 (Expired)
Mailing Period: This rebate MUST be postmarked within 30 days of purchase.


Offer: $20 (USD) Mail In Rebate on the Seagate 250GB EIDE / ATA-100 Hard Drive (OEM) - THD-250A2-250A2 BM-250A2 SY
Manufacturer: Seagate
Part #:
Product: Seagate / 250GB / 7200 / 8MB / ATA-100 / OEM / Hard Drive with CA Internet Security Suite 2007 w/ $6,500 Identity Theft and Virus Protection
Rebate:
$20.00 View Rebate Form
Valid Dates: 11/1/2006 through 11/30/2006 (Expired)
Mailing Period: This rebate MUST be postmarked within 30 days of purchase.


Offer: $60 (USD) BONUS Mail In Rebate on CA Internet Security Suite 2007 with Purchase of THD-250A2
Manufacturer: Seagate
Part #:
Product: Seagate / 250GB / 7200 / 8MB / ATA-100 / OEM / Hard Drive with CA Internet Security Suite 2007 w/ $6,500 Identity Theft and Virus Protection
Rebate:
$60.00 View Rebate Form
Valid Dates: 11/4/2006 through 11/30/2006 (Expired)
Mailing Period: This rebate MUST be postmarked within 30 days of purchase.

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