Friday, July 25, 2003

CBS Marketwatch: "Rebates Suck"

Rebates that reek
Money-back rules can be obstacles, or even fraudulent

I'm still waiting for rebates from Sprint/Amazon (Christmas '02 -- only one of the two phones we bought ever had the rebate show up) and TiVo (October '02).

I no longer calculate rebates when price comparison shopping. Given the choice between two items, one $150, the other $175 plus a $50 rebate, I have determined that the rebateless one is the better deal.

Rebates are simply a giant pain in the arse, and often times in my experience, a scam.

Posted at 11:31 AM in Shopping | Permalink

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