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Rebates... a hoax???

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by gbearbuck, Feb 23, 2005.

  1. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    Does anybody else get the run-around in regards to rebates?

    I swear MicroCenter offers rebates with no intention of paying them. I bought some speakers from them a couple of years ago and never received the rebate (I think it was a $50 or $75 rebate... that would cover a night on the town with the guys). The only reason I remember this is because I was cleaning last night and noticed another set of rebates I sent in (the purchase was once again at MicroCenter) in Nov. hadn't been paid yet (and they claim you will get your check within 8 weeks... which would have been a month ago). After reading the fine print I realize the offer/rebate "expires" four months after the rebate window closed... so I decide to call and see what is going on.

    I just got off the phone with the rebate center. For starters I was on hold for 25 min. before somebody answered (the call center is offshore, the english was too broken to be here in the states). I was quickly told that I "hadn't signed the rebate form, so it was denied." I told her I had a photo copy of the rebate form and it was indeed signed. I offered to fax her the form... she didn't want the fax, and quickly said the rebate was accepted and a check would be sent out shortly. I asked how short "shortly" would be and she said April 27th...???

    At any rate, it was signed and I get the feeling they lump the bulk of the rebates as "denied" and don't send the check unless the customer calls... without any proof that is was signed, she "ok'd" the rebate...

    Has anybody else encountered this? Is it common or just typical of MicroCenter...?

    I've bought several computers from Dell (for myself and family members) and have had no problems with their rebate center... I'm 0 for 2 in regards to MicroCenter (at least pre-phone call/complaint)...
  2. iambrutus

    iambrutus Screw Blue

    never with Microcenter, but i got hosed by norton a few years back (said i didnt' include the bar code from the box)

    the best i have ever run into was sprint. we bought phones from them, got two 150 rebates within 2 weeks of submitting them, i was very impressed.
  3. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    actually now that you mention that, we had good luck with rebates regarding Verizon phones we purchased a couple years ago as well... maybe it's just bad luck on my part with MicroCenter... I was ticked about the "didn't sign" comment. There is my name, address, and sig... tough to miss...
  4. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    The cell companies aren't going to screw you because there is a service contract involved that they don't want to lose... that and there is a straight up free phone if you want to switch.
  5. KretchBuck

    KretchBuck Crusader

    Thanks for the kind words on Dell.
  6. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President


    Dell does a good job. I like IBM as well, however you can get similiar features on a Dell at cheaper rates...
  7. Hubbard

    Hubbard Administrator's Staff Member Bookie

    Last edited: Feb 23, 2005
  8. OilerBuck

    OilerBuck Sweet Crude


    I thank you for this. I am not exaggerating in saying that is the funniest thing I have EVER read. I am crying. I am going to put that in an e-mail and send it to my friends!!!
  9. scooter1369

    scooter1369 HTTR Forever.

    My daughter now thinks I'm completely insane. Daddy has been staring at a screen with read and blue words and laughing his ass off for close to 30 mintues.

    Fucking classic
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2005
  10. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    That was horrible... I wouldn't have lasted nearly as long as Clarity did... :smash:
  11. KretchBuck

    KretchBuck Crusader


    Holy cow man you went through a lot. I could apologize for your "journey" but I know that would not help.
  12. Hubbard

    Hubbard Administrator's Staff Member Bookie

    You work at Dell Kretch?
  13. coxew

    coxew Newbie

    I bought an external floppy drive from MicroCenter a few years ago that had a $20 rebate from the manufacturer, not MicroCenter. I'd forgotten about it since it was such a small amount and about two months letter I got a letter in the mail that said my request for rebate was denied because it wasn't filled out properly. I also had a copy of the form, receipt, and barcode and called the company up. They had me fax it over and I received my check a week or so later.
  14. BuckeyeSkins

    BuckeyeSkins Go Bucks/Hail to the Redskins!!

    Speaking strictly for myself, I have never understood why stores, companies, etc., almost always offer the so-called "mail-in rebate". And as has already been stated they always say allow 8 weeks to receive the check. Why can't they just tack the rebate on to the product right there in the store when I pay for it? They want my money up front and then expect me to wait 8 weeks (if your lucky) to get a check back from them. I don't get excited about the things myself and would have to say that rarely do I ever buy something that falls into that category. Now if it's something I need and they have an instant rebate, I'll go for that. You want your money for your product up front? I want my money from the rebate up front.
  15. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President


    many folks forget to send the rebate in on time... and they claim the info wasn't entered correctly so they don't have to pay... not sure if all the companies are on the up and up in regards to rebates...

    As AKAK would say, it's all because of those tricky Canadians... :tongue2:

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