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October 13, 2006

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I very suprised that Best Buy helped you at all. Did you know that they have a return policy that won't let you return anything after 30 days even if you have a reciept for it. I just went through this with them on a returned gift I gave someone. I think also i'm going to stick with Costco like you for they will return anything even without a reciept.

Staples has an online rebate system tied to your receipt as well. I have never had any trouble with getting rebates from them.

I'd be interested in seeing data on the economics of rebates. I'm guessing that plenty of people a) forget to submit rebates, b) procrastinate until the deadline, c) decide it's too much trouble to fill forms, cut out UPC codes, address envelopes, etc., or d) give up because it's a hassle to deal with trying to track down a rebate status. Do you want to spend 30 minutes trying to get a $20 rebate?

That being said, I've had a 100% success rate on rebates that I've submitted (to the best of my recollection :-). I agree that the Costco rebates are the best, because it's all web-based.

Consumerist is of the opinion that rebates are generally scams and should not be taken into account when making a purchase:
http://consumerist.com/consumer/rebates/

I don't agree 100% but they have a few great points.

Cleophus -- I saw that post and think I'll be doing my own post and linking to that one. Generally, I'm in agreement with them/you.

Not all rebates are bad--Every month at Walgreens they offer a few items you can get for free after you mail in the rebate form from their EasySaver Catalog. It is such a good deal, although I don't completely understand why they do this. I have gotten free mouthwash, makeup, medicine, body wash, toothbrushes galore, and lotion, to name a few. Otherwise Walgreens is a rip-off, I don't buy anything else there.

Not all rebates are bad--Every month at Walgreens they offer a few items you can get for free after you mail in the rebate form from their EasySaver Catalog. It is such a good deal, although I don't completely understand why they do this. I have gotten free mouthwash, makeup, medicine, body wash, toothbrushes galore, and lotion, to name a few. Otherwise Walgreens is a rip-off, I don't buy anything else there.

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